Kodály Approach in the Crossroad of Education and Therapy


  • Luca Tiszai Szent Erzsébet Otthon




Music therapy, Community Music Therapy, Kodály Approach


Kodály's concept about music education is worldwide adapted to different cultures. However, the significance of his theoretical framework is almost undiscovered by music therapy. The aim of the present paper is to shed light on the common elements of Commuity Music Therapy and the Kodály Approach by literature-based Research. Kodály was a pioneer establishing a multidisciplinary dialog between musicology, philosophy, sociology and education. The practice and theory he established was a powerful response to his time’s social needs and problems. As a musician an educator he devoted himself to the popularization community music, choral singing and thus building up a better society. As a researcher he studied the therapeutic effects of his method, especially transfer effect with intellectual and social skills. His overall goal to make music accessible to everyone highly resemble with Community Music Therapy. Many of his ideas such us choral singing for social connectedness or agency and empowerment through musical education are a part of the practice of Community Music Therapy. His concept is a fundamental part of music education but music therapy also could profit more from his ideas.

Author Biography

Luca Tiszai, Szent Erzsébet Otthon

Tiszai graduated at Ötvös Lorand University in 2000 in special education and earned her second degree in music education in 2004. In 2013 she earned her master degree in Andragogy at Pazmany Péter Catholic University. Her musical background is based on the Kodály method. Her area of expertise lies in working with individuals with disabilities.




How to Cite

Tiszai, L. (2015). Kodály Approach in the Crossroad of Education and Therapy. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 15(2). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v15i2.804