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 1000 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

Research invitation: Early Career Music Teachers’ Readiness

Kodály Australia is proud to support Australian music education research that may benefit our members. Early career music teachers within five years of graduating from an initial teacher education program are invited to participate in the research project, Early Career …
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Congratulations Dr Aleta King

Kodály Australia is proud to congratulate and celebrate member Dr Aleta King who recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney. Dr King’s doctoral research investigated the role of the conductor …
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Quality Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Review

Kodály Australia is deeply concerned regarding the current state of initial music teacher education in Australian universities. The last decade has seen a sharp decline in the provision of specialist music teacher education across the country, particularly for early childhood …
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Australian Curriculum Consultation Survey & Written Submission

Kodály Australia believes that every child and young person needs access to quality and valued music education. The Australian Curriculum: The Arts provides an important framework in which we work to deliver school music education for all. We are committed …
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Australian Curriculum Consultation: Have your voice heard

The draft of the revised Australian Curriculum is open for public consultation until Thursday 8 July 2021 and it is time to have your voice heard. There are significant implications for music in the proposed curriculum, and this is the …
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