Lesson 1: Try Kodaly

Children learn about the work of Zoltan Kodaly and develop an understanding of the Kodaly music method

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To develop an understanding of the Kodaly music method

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be paired with an adult, or a more able pupil.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be given the lead in certain activities. 

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Frecknall,  
Music specialist
Sarah Frecknall is a specialist music teacher, currently working in a primary school teaching music from Nursery to Year 6.  Sarah started her teaching career as a Year 3 class teacher, and her music career as a professional jazz singer,…
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