Kodaly Academy Launches Virtual Music Pedagogy

Kodaly Academy Launches Virtual Music Pedagogy

May 21, 2020

Kodaly Academy of Music Singapore launches its first Virtual Educational Series to demonstrate the continuation of music pedagogy for music educators.

Kodaly Academy of Music Singapore launches its first-ever virtual educational workshop ‘Studiorum Series’ in collaboration with Schola Cantorum Singapore to demonstrate the continuation of music education and conducting during the pandemic.

Now in its 7th year, ‘Studiorum Series’ will be an opportunity for millions of musical creatives, educators, choristers and the music community around the world who have been affected by COVID-19, to gain knowledge on how they can continue conducting rehearsals online with online tools and resources.

Founded in 2014, KAM provides a wide variety of services rooted in choral arts, professional development and arts management. Built on the central philosophy of the Kodaly concept, KAM says its educational courses have nurtured many amateur and professional musicians through the presentation of performances, international symposiums, festivals, masterclasses, lectures, exchanges and KAM’s ongoing ‘Studiorum Series’.

Delivered by KAM’s artist collective and guest speakers, the series of short and relevant music-related studies aims to provide expertise across topics of interest, for the betterment of the local music community.

Educators in the music industry have had to change the way they operate, especially with home-based learning taking new grounds. Logistically, the way of learning, conducting and rehearsing has changed drastically from being able to see and hear each other in a physical realm, to transitioning on a virtual arena, where musical challenges await on every front.

Realising that making music and collectively creating as a community during this period of social isolation can in turn be an uplifting and positive move, KAM says it decided to take their ‘Studiorum Series’ online, where panel discussions and knowledge transfer are done virtually.

This three part series aims to inspire musicians, educators and conductors to continue the good work that they do, even amidst the current situation. With the advent of home-based learning as the new norm, KAM has been at the forefront of harnessing new technology such as 360 Virtual Reality (VR), for recording performances and using it in teaching and learning of conducting, while at the same time utilising online video conferencing tools and blending it with asynchronous learning approaches.

KAM Director Albert Tay says it has redefined the art of practising and teaching with new models of self-assessment and troubleshooting, increased individual proficiency of sight-reading, vowel formation, cut-off, blending in an ensemble, real-time duets for asynchronous learning, instant documentation and many more.

“We’ve seen a rise in live streamed performances and many new ‘how-to’ videos, which are useful but comes with limitations. With our long-standing ‘Studiorum Series’ carried online, we are essentially reinforcing many of the instructional components that typically take place in a physical ensemble class and transforming it into a virtual experience through video and online tools, that can be easily adopted by the music community. The aim of the series is to equip individuals with the right instruments to facilitate interactions during classes, rehearsals and performances, as the music industry evolves to adopt to what could possibly be the future of music ensembles,” says Tay.

Kickstarting the first of a three-part weekly series beginning on 21 May 2020, ‘Studiorum Series’ online will be moderated by Tay, joined by a panel of composers, conductors, educators and tech specialists from Singapore and other countries for a roundtable panel discussion.

The first part of the series will focus on potential solutions that music teachers, conductors and musicians can undertake when rehearsing and teaching through various forms of synchronous and asynchronous learning.

A free dictation tool will also be introduced as part of the series, which the music community can use to supplement classes and rehearsals. The second part of the series will dive deep into the various online tools for asynchronous learning, as well as explore various digital platforms. The third and final part of the series will suit composers, creatives, music teachers, conductors looking to improvise or co-create new works with their performers.

The session will see a panel of composers and even music publishers discuss the future of creating new music for digital mediums and explore the possibility of co-creation online through the use of video tools as instruments to create idiomatic compositions.

(Ed. For more information, click here. Subsequent Kodaly Academy workshops will be held on 28 May 2020 and 4 June 2020.)

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