Intersection of the Kodály Philosophy and Multicultural Music Education in U.S. Music Classrooms...

April 10, 2018 / By: Amy L. Olson

The purpose of this paper is to explore how the Kodály philosophy of music education intersects with the increasing diversity in the United States and the multicultural music education movement. A secondary purpose is to examine song materials to determine if available materials include recommended components that allow music educators to teach to their students’ musical mother tongue. Reform initiatives such as culturally responsive teaching and multicultural music education stem from the growing diversity in the United States. The paper will examine topics related to multicultural music education including definitions, challenges, Western instructional bias, importance of studying another culture’s music, and application of multicultural music education. Next, the paper will explore Kodály’s philosophy of music education and the method derived from his philosophies. Once the foundations of multicultural music education and Kodály’s philosophies have been outlined, the paper will delve into the intersection of the two. Following is an analysis of key components of many available materials, briefly discussing the materials and their relation to and support of the United States’ musical mother tongue. Finally, implications for music education are presented.