Christa McCartney 


What music can do for you

Music brings beauty, depth, strength, meaning and character into the inner world of a human being. A child who carries great music within his/her inner self and has a means of outwardly expressing this becomes a more complete adult. No adult who possesses the gift of music would be without it, or regrets the time spent learning it's language - the language of the soul.

To live without musicality is possible, and many people don't miss it at all- yet if those people could be offered a magic potion to open their ears and inspire their fingers and voices most would gladly take it.

Music brings a great diversity of feelings and characters to a child - it is very hard to be judgmental or racist once the music of another culture has been absorbed into your own. A harmonious world needs harmony. Can we change the world this way? Most definitely yes!

From the start of school - what music is - and how we begin to teach it as a Kodaly music teacher


Why Kodaly? Why not just instrumental lessons?

Do you sing confidently in church or during the national anthem, can you read a tune? 

Do your children have inbuilt rhythm and tuneful voices? 

Can you improvise a harmony or take a well known tune to the piano and find the notes?


If not, would you like to?

Without these skills you probably sometimes feel a little out of place. Music is often portrayed as an optional extra - it is not. it is  a very social skill, at the heart of our cultural identity. It is important.

Can you read music? Literacy is also often seen as an optional extra - again it is not. Illiteracy in music as well as language simply creates cliques and elitism. Literacy should be for everyone, even those who don't play sing or play an instrument. Performers need educated audiences too!

Perhaps your mind is full of music but expressing it and writing it frustrates you. Reading and writing 'the dots' is very useful in every sphere of music making. Following a score in the audience, being able to remember a tune and write it down later, keeping your part in a choir. Learning to read and write music the Kodály way allows your eyes to 'hear' and your mind to understand. It becomes a natural part of music making and immensely enjoyable.

Are you pregnant or the parent of a small child, aware that your child will need to be musically awakened during infancy but not confident of your own ability to do so?

Do you learn an instrument or train your voice? practice carefully and well, learn excellent technique but panic at the oral tests? 

Your skill is in your fingers and not in your mind, this can leave you ultimately unsatisfied.

Are you a  teacher -at any level from kindergarten to conservertoire. Who would love to apply Kodály methodology but are unsure how to do so successfully?

In that case we are here for you. here you will find a specialist music service offering quality suggestions for lessons from birth to adult teaching musicality, literacy and aural skills the Kodály way (with a little Rousseau, Orff and Dalcroze too!). 

 Learn more about what we can offer you at Kodaly Music School IoM

Yes, music really does make you better at everything. Here is the scientific proof that playing music gives your brain a full work out

Kodaly for Kids

"Of what use is musical knowledge? Here is one idea. Each child spends endless days in curious ways; we call this play. A child stacks and packs all kinds of blocks and boxes, lines them up, and knocks them down. … Clearly, the child is learning about space. So how on earth does one learn about time? Can one time fit inside another? Can two of them go side by side? In music, we find out." - Marvin Minsky in Music, Mind and Meaning (1981)

brain hemispheres and music

Change the way you see the world

"Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid" Frank Zappa