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Major Methods of Teaching Music to Kids

Orff, Kodaly, Suzuki and Dalcroze


There are various approaches used by educators when it comes to teaching music. Here are four of the most popular music education methods.

1. The Orff Approach

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The Orff Method is a way of teaching children about music that engages their mind and body through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and the use of percussion instruments (i.e. xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels). Lessons are presented with an element of "play" helping the children learn at their own level of understanding.

2. The Kodaly Method

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The Kodaly Method's philosophy is that music education is most effective when started early and that everyone is capable of musical literacy. Singing is stressed as the foundation for musicianship and the use of folk and composed music of high artistic value.

3. The Suzuki Method

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The Suzuki Method is an approach to music education that was introduced in Japan and later reached the United States during the 1960s. Although this method was originally developed for the violin, it is now applicable to other instruments including the piano, flute and guitar.

4. The Dalcroze Method

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The Dalcroze method, also known as Dalcroze Eurhythmics, is another approach used by educators to teach musical concepts. This method, which connects music, movement, mind, and body, was developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. Learn more about the Dalcroze method through this primer.

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