"Working for DaCapo and learning about the Kodaly approach has undoubtedly improved my own musicianship. I am able to understand music using skills my undergraduate music degree did not teach me." DaCapo teacher.
DaCapo's dynamic music education programme draws on the methods of Kodaly and Dalcroze.
Zoltan Kodaly (1882–1967) was a Hungarian composer and educator who developed a method of teaching through singing and identification with relative solfa (do re mi fa so la ti do’) and solfa rhythm names (ta titi etc).
This develops many of the skills that a musician needs: the ability to hear music inside the head and recall music, sing and play in tune, read and write musical notation and identify what you hear.
Kodaly said a good musician needs a 'a well trained ear, eye, hand and heart '. His method lends itself to inclusive, group teaching, which is very much in line with DaCapo’s ethos of learning and sharing music with others.
Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865–1950) was a composer and pianist from Switzerland who developed a system of 'eurhythmics' (literal "good rhythm"), which is movement to music based on the belief that the source of rhythm is in the body.
Dalcroze Eurhythmics give a physical experience of music, stimulating a different appreciation and extra dimension from that gained through theory or performance.
It offers a tangible experience of abstract concepts, which may then be thoroughly understood and internalised.