The Kodály Centre of London (KCL) was set up in 1992 by David and Yuko Vinden. The aims of the centre are to promote the musicianship training method established by the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály. The KCL carries this out in three ways: through evening courses for adults interested in learning about the Kodály method and workshops for schools, colleges, universities and other musical groups.
Workshops have also been successfully presented as inset days for teachers.
The centre also provides teaching material that has been developed over many years and most of it is available to buy. (Please see Materials To Purchase.)
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Zoltán Kodály (1882 – 1967) gave the world an approach to music education which is nothing short of a world leader. Based on singing as its starting point the approach aims to develop the Inner Hearing through musical activity…singing games, children’s songs, folk songs and good art material. Kodály said that music should be an essential part of the human experience.
“ Music is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind…He who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity. Music is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind…He who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity. “
The Kodály Centre of London has written and published over 30 different materials for music education ranging from rhythm flash cards to edited music collections such as Musica Transalpina I and the collected canonic output of Cherubini. These materials are available to order through this website.
David is also working with Cyrilla Rowsell on a whole curriculum of music teaching designed for the non music specialist primary school teacher.