Kodaly Method for Voice

Group Of School Children Singing In Choir Together

For ages 5 – 9 Learning music through singing and movement

Zoltan Kodály was a Hungarian musician-educator who developed a concept of music education based on the following philosophy:


  • true musical literacy (the ability to read, write and think music) is the right of every person
  • to be internalized, musical learning must begin with the child’s own natural instrument – the voice
  • an early start is essential, begin training at the earliest possible moment
  • the folk music of a child’s cultural heritage (the musical mother tongue) is the best material to teach the skills and concepts necessary to musical literacy
  • only music of the highest artistic quality is to be used in the education of children
  • music education is necessary for the development of the total person (music should be at the core of the curriculum (affective, cognitive, psychomotor)
  • musical education of children rests in the hands of their instructors, therefore, they must be the best possible musician-educators


He looked at tools being used in music education in other parts of the world and chose the best for use in Hungary, including: movable do system, hands signs, rhythm syllable system, movement and a sequence for learning. He combined the use of the tools and his concepts into an approach to music education for Hungarian schools. He then found very talented teachers who developed and implemented a curriculum. It worked with unqualified success in Hungary, and now is successfully adapted for use in countries the world over.


(Taken from the Kodaly Society of Canada website www.kodalysocietyofcanada.ca)


Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this…only the best is good enough for a child. (1941) The Selected Writings of Zoltan Kodaly, Boosey & Hawkes, 1974.


Sarah Tatto

Kodaly Teacher

Sarah Tatto holds a Bachelor of Music degree (operatic performance) from the Vancouver Academy of music, having studied with the late Phyllis Mailing. Sarah’s voice studies have taken her to Edmonton, Portland, New York and also Los Angeles. She has studying extensively in Europe, having participated in several international music academies and festivals, including two summers in Salzburg Austria, studying at the Mozarteum and in  Italy, most recently in the Truscia Opera festival, singing the role of Gilda from the opera “Rigoletto.”


Sarah has been a recipient of the Barbara Eves-Motomochi Memorial fund from the Vancouver Opera Guild, has been named a Jeunes Ambassadeur, is aluminums of the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble and has been a chorister with the Vancouver Opera.


Sarah’s teaching background is not limited to music. Sarah holds certified training in ESL, essential skills and web design. She has coached adult learners in job readiness essential skills at Douglas College, has created and taught workshops dealing with essential skills and computer skills, facilitated web design labs and has also tutored children in ESL.


Sarah is a member of the Canadian Actor’ Equity Association and the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association.