24th International Kodály Symposium 2019< Back to Events
Under the auspices of the International Kodály Society, the Kodály Symposium is a bi-annual international event, serving as a platform to educate, engage, support and foster connections for aspiring music educators, ethnomusicologists and musicians internationally. Following the 23rd Kodály Symposium (IKS) which was held in Alberta, Canada, the 24th IKS will take place in the ASEAN region - Sarawak, the mystical land of Borneo.
In the early 1900s when Zoltán Kodály was appalled by the level of musical literacy and the total ignorance of their own musical heritage he found in music students, he has since started his life-long mission of giving back the Hungarian their own musical heritage and to raise the level of musical literacy.
With the collaborative effort Kodály and his fellow friends and disciples, the concept was first spread nationwide in Hungary, and it sparked international awareness through conferences of the International Society of Music Education (I.S.M.E.). The use of folk songs is an essential part of the concept; and in every place it landed in, the Kodály educators would assimilate the concept with the child’s cultural experience. With the method being a ‘living method, not a static one’, it adapts and incorporate any better ways as it spreads.
The 24th international Kodály Symposium is seeing the coming together of the experts in Kodály concept, who would bring their progress and results of their adaptations of the concept in their countries. There will be workshops conducted in Mandarin and the Malay language, in line with the symposium taking place in the region of ASEAN.
The symposium will be held in the land of Borneo, which in itself is a place rich in cultural heritage. This will be a valuable experience for music educators, musicians and ethnomusicologist around ASEAN as having the Kodály Symposium coming to this region is an opportunity not to be missed.
 Lois Choksy (1999). The Kodály Method I: Comprehensive Music Education. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. Pg 4