Kodály Certification program

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Cancellation Notice
Western continues to monitor the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and takes its direction and shares information from federal, provincial and local health authorities. As a result, this program has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest and for your patience as we work through the refund process. Graduate students, please contact Audrey Yardley-Jones (ayardley@uwo.ca) for updated information on this course.


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, 2020
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, 2020 – Friday, July 17, 2020
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Classes (Classes will conclude at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020)

Please Note: Minimum numbers must be met for Levels to run


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

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.


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

Register for the AQ course (includes Kodaly Level I and the Indigenous music workshop)

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



"The Kodály certification course empowered me with knowledge and material that compels me to evaluate and reevaluate my teaching pedagogy on a daily basis. Taught by an outstanding faculty, the focus of this course is intergenerational and interdisciplinary in a welcoming and thoroughly encouraging environment." - Brent Fifield

"There is not a single day in the classroom that I don't find myself using the skills I have developed in the summer Kodály course at Western. My students find the singing games extremely engaging and I enjoy the structure of teaching a Kodaly lesson. Through the development of a song collection you will leave this course prepared with materials and teaching strategies to make music learning enjoyable for children." - Chantel Vallier



Course fee: $795

Please Note: Minimum numbers must be met for Levels to run



Additional Qualifications Registration

Participants taking the course as an Additional Qualifications course can register through the Faculty of Education.


Graduate Students

This course is also available for graduate credit. Graduate students can register through Student Centre. Others interested in this option should contact the Graduate Assistant, Audrey Yardley-Jones, at ayardley@uwo.ca.


Scholarships Offered from the Kodály Society of Canada and the Kodály Society of Ontario

Current members of the Kodály Society of Ontario, which includes membership in the Kodály Society of Canada, may be eligible to apply for KSC and KSO scholarships. More information will be available in mid-March, 2020 on the KSC website and the KSO website.


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).

Visiting London

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.

Maps and Directions to Western University

from VIA Rail Station

from Greyhound Bus Station

from London International Airport

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 the London Tourism website.

Parking is available during the program at a daily maximum rate of $18 in the nearby Talbot lot, or in the Medway Lot and Huron Flats Lot at a maximum daily rate of $12. More information can be found on the Parking and Visitor Services website. Free parking in the Althouse lot is included in guest room fees for participants who choose to stay on campus at Ontario Hall. Graduate students may obtain a parking permit and park at the green lots (Medway and Huron Flats).

Contact Us

Need more information about the Kodály Certification program? We're here to help!

Cathy Benedict
519-661-2111 x82043

Alberta Kim Eyre