About Kodály Australia

The Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia Incorporated (also known as Kodály Australia) is an organisation of people committed to music for everyone. We are united in the philosophy developed by Hungarian composer, Zoltan Kodály. Kodály stated that music education is the right of every child. He established that a sequential, cumulative and developmental program, based on an aural-vocal approach, is the most inclusive and effective way to develop musical literacy for people of all age groups.

Kodály Australia was founded by Dr Deanna Hoermann in 1973. Now, with approximately 700 members in Australia, the Institute consists of State branches in the ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, and WA, with chapters in Mackay and Townsville, along with the do-re-mi organisation which provides classes for young children. We also have some members in New Zealand and South-East Asia.

Kodály Australia is an affiliated national member of the International Kodály Society and a partner of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Council of Professional Associations.

Our members specialise in a number of areas of music education from birth through to seniors: new parent and early childhood activities, school classrooms, studio teaching, as well as choral, conducting and instrumental activities. State Branches and Chapters support members by providing workshops, newsletters, and conferences, and Kodály Australia provides a biennial National Conference.

The Australian Kodály Certificate is offered by the Institute in the fields of early childhood, primary, secondary and string teaching. The Australian Kodály Certificate can be accepted for credit towards post-graduate study.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to serve with integrity and honesty as a centre of excellence for music education. Our aim is to build, lead and resource communities of educators committed to enhancing the musical skills of children and adults through sequential and developmental, singing-based programs. These programs are inclusive of all, nurturing a love and passion for music and music-making. We provide opportunities for teachers and musicians to raise their levels of achievement and we strive to inform government authorities on the importance of quality music education for all children.

About Kodály Australia

Latest News

Thank you for sustaining the vision

Today was a landmark occasion in the history of Kodály Australia. This year for the first time we postponed the national conference and brought our community together online – and what a success it was! Nearly three hundred music educators …
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Kodály Australia Virtual Summit 28 September 2020

Join fellow educators throughout the world for a day of inspiring online presentations, practical workshops and engaging discussions led by internationally renowned leaders. The Summit will be recorded and all registered will receive access to the recording.  So if you can’t make it on the day, still …
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Kodály Australia Stands Against Racism and Discrimination

Kodály Australia stands against racism and discrimination in all forms. The Black Lives Matter movement has energised important conversations and learning in the global music education community concerning systemic racism and oppression, cultural appropriation, decolonisation, and censorship of indigenous cultures. …
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SA Music Education Strategy and ISME Partnerships

I am pleased to announce that Kodály Australia has recently partnered with the South Australia Government Department for Education Music Education Strategy and the International Society for Music Education. The Music Education Strategy (MES) aspires to increase access to valued …
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2020 Kodály Australia Conference – Postponement

After close consultation with stakeholders and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Kodály Australia Conference until September/October 2022 to be held in Canberra, ACT. Having spent the best part of 2 years preparing for …
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