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Free Resources

Kodály Australia is pleased to provide FREE resources to support Australian Kodály-inspired teaching and learning.

Permission to use the resources hosted on the Kodály Australia website is granted through open access principles. This includes acknowledging Kodály Australia (KMEIA Inc). Resources may not be used for commercial gain unless written permission is obtained.

Reference Charts
diatonic-modes Diatonic Modes
Creators: Darren Wicks and Gabriel Federow
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A reference chart that can be used for teaching scales, modes, intervals and harmony. The chart demonstrates intervallic relationships of all the diatonic tones. Suitable for senior secondary and tertiary students.
handsign Handsign Diagram
Creator: Darren Wicks
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A diagram of the Curwen hand signs commonly used in the application of the Kodaly concept. This sheet can be given to students or displayed in the classroom/studio as a ready reference.
keyboard Keyboard Diagram
Creator: Darren Wicks
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This chart may be used to explain keyboard theory, intervals and scales to your students. Spacing and size of keys is based on a real keyboard. Using a keyboard chart (such as this) before moving students onto real keyboards can assist with classroom management issues often associated with group keyboard classes.
rhythm-dia Rhythm Guide
Creator: Darren Wicks
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A guide to rhythm duration syllables commonly used by Australian teachers who employ the Kodaly concept. Some regional variations in the syllables do occur.
tonic Tonic Sol-fa Guide
Creator: Darren Wicks
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A reference chart for use of tonic sol-fa with diatonic scales and scale tone triads.

Classroom Resources

Flash Cards
These cards are designed to practise the reading of common rhythmic and/or melodic patterns. The patterns reflect common melodic and rhythmic sequences used by Australian Kodaly educators. Setup for these flash cards is A4 size with two flashcards to a page. My suggestion is to print the files, photocopy them onto stiff card. Slice each card in half and then laminate for a set of durable classroom resources.
flash-cards Pitch Set 1
Creator: Darren Wicks
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Four beat melodic fragments incorporating the following elements: Tone set: do, re, mi Rhythm set: ta, ti-ti, ti-ka-ti-ka. Suitable age group: Middle School (Years 5 to 8).
flash-cards Pitch Set 2
Creator: Darren Wicks
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Four beat melodic fragments incorporating the following elements: Tone set: do, re, mi, so Rhythm set: ta, ti-ti, ti-ka-ti-ka. Suitable age group: Middle School (Years 5 to 8).
flash-cards Pitch Set 3
Creator: David O’Keefe
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Melodic fragments using the pentatonic scale and stave notation (F, G and C = do).
flash-cards Rhythm Set 1
Creator: Darren Wicks
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4 beat rhythmic patterns incorporating the following rhythmic elements: ta, ti-ti and sa (crotchet, paired quavers and the crotchet rest).
flash-cards Rhythm Set 1 (Primary School)
Creator: Jill Meneely
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4 beat rhythmic patterns (without note heads) suitable for use in the Primary School.
flash-cards Rhythm Set 2
Creator: Darren Wicks
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4 beat rhythmic patterns incorporating the following rhythmic elements: ta, ti-ti and ti-ka-ti-ka (crotchet, paired quavers and 4 semi-quavers).
flash-cards Rhythm Set 3
Creator: Darren Wicks
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4 beat rhythmic patterns incorporating (1) Even divisions of a beat used in Rhythm Set#1 and #2 (2) Uneven divisions of single beat: ti-tika and tika-ti (common quaver + semiquaver combinations).
flash-cards Rhythm Set 4
Creator: Darren Wicks
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4 beat patterns incorporating the minim (half note).
flash-cards Rhythm Set 5
Creator: Darren Wicks
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4 beat rhythmic patterns incorporating all rhythmic elements from sets #1 to #4 and tam-ti (dotted crotchet-quaver).
Games and Activities
Ideas for fun and games in the classroom.
fun-ideas Fun Ideas for the Classroom #1
Creator: Darren Wicks
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Games and quick ideas for enthusing students in the Upper Primary/ Lower Secondary age group.
practice Let’s Practice
Creator: Darren Wicks
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A list of practical ideas for using the Kodaly Teaching tools to practise musical elements. Suitable age group: Middle years (5 to 8).
prac-doremi Practising do-re-mi
Creator: Cathie Neil
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Over 30 ideas for practising the melodic tone set do-re-mi.Suitable age: secondary-aged students or older beginners
Worksheets and Handouts
Activity sheets you can copy and use in the classroom.
lesson-fillers Lesson Fillers
Creator: Darren Wicks
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27 ideas for filling in ten minutes in the Middle School classroom.
rhythm Rhythm Worksheet #1
Creator: Darren Wicks
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Challenging reading activities for the older beginner using the rhythmic elements ta and ti-ti.Suitable age: Middle years (Years 5 to 8)

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