Kodály Certification program

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In this two-week intensive program, participants will strengthen their personal musicianship and pedagogical skills, with content grounded in a contemporary understanding of the philosophy inspired by Zoltán Kodály.

Participants will engage in supportive musically educative opportunities through singing, reading, writing, moving and creating to build personal skills and knowledge to assist in classroom music teaching and learning.

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July 6-17, 2020

Levels I, II and III


Monday, July 6, 2019
8 a.m.: registration and collection of materials (Registration will take place in the Don Wright Faculty of Music, located in Talbot College and Music Building at Western University)
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Classes (detailed schedule will be sent in advance of the course)

Tuesday, July 7, 2019 – Friday, July 17, 2019
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Classes (Classes will conclude at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2019)

Participants will

  • Strengthen understanding of a Kodály- based pedagogical sequence and its connections to the Ontario curriculum
  • Explore activities that assist children’s growth in singing, playing, reading, writing, moving, listening and creating music
  • Strengthen their personal musicianship skills
  • Immerse themselves in global folk music and music literature for use in classroom and community teaching

New for 2020

  • Primary Junior Vocal Music Part 1 Additional Qualification (AQ). Faculty of Education, Western University
  • A special Workshop, open to all, will be held during the Kodály program with a focus on Indigenous music and ways of knowing

Level I is appropriate for experienced teachers, emerging teachers and graduate students.

Level II builds on the learning in Level I and is open to those who have successfully completed a KSC or OAKE certified Kodály Level I course.

Level III builds on the learning in Levels I and II and is open to those who have successfully completed a KSC or OAKE certified Kodály Level I and Level II course. The Kodály Society of Canada will certify candidates who successfully complete Level III.

For further information contact Dr. Cathy Benedict (Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University) at cbenedi3@uwo.ca or Dr. Kim Eyre (Faculty of Education, Western University) at aeyre@uwo.ca

Course Fee

Registration (without parking passes): $795

This course is also available for graduate credit. If you are interested in this option please contact the Graduate Assistant, Audrey Yardley-Jones, at ayardley@uwo.ca.

Additional Qualifications Registration

Registration for participants taking the course as an Additional Qualifications course will register through the Faculty of Education

Scholarships Available from Kodály Canada

Current members of the Kodály Society of Ontario, which includes membership in the Kodály Society of Canada, may be eligible to apply for scholarships. More information will be available in March. In the meantime, please contact KSO President Kim Eyre, at eyre.kim.1@gmail.com for more information. 


Dr. Cathy Benedict
M.Mus. Holy Names University
M.Ed. Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College Columbia University
Ed.D. Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College Columbia University
Don Wright Faculty of Music – Director of Research, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kim Eyre
M.Mus. Holy Names University
Diploma Kodály Pedagogical Institute Hungary
Ph.D. University of Toronto
Faculty of Education, Western University, Assistant Professor

Dr. Eila Peterson
B.Mus. Honours Music Education, Western University
B.Ed., Western University
M.Mus., Music Education, University of Calgary
Ph.D., Music Education, Northwestern University

Laurel Forshaw
PhD Candidate, Music Education, University of Toronto
B.Mus. Honours Music, Lakehead University
Kodály Certification, University of St. Thomas
Orff-Schulwerk Certification, University of St. Thomas
M.Mus., Music Education and Choral Conducing, University of St. Thomas


headshot Cathy Benedict joined the music education faculty at Western University in July 2015. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes such as Elementary Pedagogy, Orff, Curriculum Design, Critical Readings in Music Education and Music Education and Special Needs Students Her scholarly interests lay in facilitating music education environments in which students take on the perspective of a justice-oriented citizen, to this end her research agenda focuses on the processes of education and the ways in which teachers and students interrogate taken-for-granted, normative practices. She has presented multiple workshops to both national and international audiences on topics as varied as pedagogy and pride, thinking transitions rather than classroom management, the interrogation of classroom rules as policy, the social contract and utopian visions, and music in the elementary classroom and integrated practices. She has written numerous chapters and published in such journals as Philosophy of Music Education Review, Music Education Research, and Research Studies in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Canadian Music Educator, and most recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice and Music Education (Oxford University Press). Previous to her college teaching she taught elementary music for 15 years, studied choral conducting with Dr. George Lynn of Westminster Choir College, Doreen Rao, and conducted various children's choirs, including the 2015 Miami Dade All County Elementary Chorus and the most recent 2015 Training Choir during The Singing Network – Newfoundland.

KimEyrePhotoKodaly Kim Eyre is enjoying her new status as a musically engaged private citizen as she continues her passionate advocacy for music education. She was privileged to serve as a music educator for 32 years in elementary schools in London, ON, The Faculty of Education, Western University and concluded her career at The Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University. Her degrees include: Doctor of Philosophy (University of Toronto), Diploma (Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music, Kesckemét, Hungary), Master of Music (Holy Names University, Oakland, California), and Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music (University of Western Ontario). Kim is a Past-president of the Kodály Society of Ontario and the Kodály Society of Canada. She is a frequent presenter at local, provincial, national and international music conferences. She has also instructed at summer courses at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta. Kim’s primary research interests include identity formation and reformation of pre-service and in-service elementary specialist and generalist music teachers and a reimagining of Kodály music education in Canada.

eila peterson Eila Peterson has studied Kodály methodology with Ilona Bartalus, Miklós Takács, László Vikár, Lois Choksy, Erzsébet Szönyi, and Katalin Forrai and she has taught Musicianship for summer Kodály programs at the universities of Calgary and Victoria. Dr. Peterson currently teaches Music Theory and Aural Skills courses at The King’s University in Edmonton. She holds B.Mus. and B.Ed. degrees (Western University), M.Mus. (University of Calgary,) and a Ph.D. in Music Education (Northwestern University).

Accommodation and food are the responsibility of the participants. Various places to stay on and off campus are available at a reasonable cost. For more information, visit our Map and Directions page.

London, Ontario

Located in the centre of southwestern Ontario, London is approximately two hours driving distance from Toronto and Detroit. The London International Airport offers direct flights to Toronto, Newark, Chicago, Ottawa and Calgary, as well as many other connections to several Canadian destinations.

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Directions to Western

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from Greyhound Bus Station

from London International Airport