Courses Primary Levels 1 & 2

2024 Information

Courses for 2024 are now closed. 

Australian Kodály Certificate Primary Level 1 

8 Weekends in Semester 1, beginning 10 February, 2024

*Please note: Level 1 and Level 2 are SEPARATE courses. You must complete level 1 before starting level two.

About This Course:

This course offers a unique approach to professional development, providing participants with the opportunity to enhance skills
and work actively with teaching concepts. A resource collection of age-appropriate cultural materials – songs and games – will be developed as part of the process.

This course is accredited by the KMEIA national body and upon passing, participants receive the appropriate credit towards the Australian Kodaly Certificate (AKC) in Music Education.

The courses are suited to primary and secondary school specialist class music teachers. It is expected that the applicants for the course will have (or be completing) a degree/diploma or equivalent in music education and/or education. Applicants should have basic musical knowledge and music literacy skills.

2024 Information

Saturday 10, 17 Feb

Saturday 16 March

Saturday 20, 27 April

Saturday 11, 18 May

Saturday 15 June (exam)

All sessions run 9.00 AM-1.00PM

Students must attend all contact hours, submit work by the due date and pass assessments in order to gain credit for an AKC course

Hawthorn Library Meeting Rooms: 584 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn VIC 3122

To secure your place in the course, fees must be paid in advance. Payment must be received in full by Friday Jan 26 2024.

$500 Deposit due on enrolment to secure your place. This will be taken off the total of your course fees.

Total fees:

Kodály Australia Members $1200 + texts
Non-members $1300 + texts

Please see Course Payment Policy HERE.

Students wishing to enrol in Level 1 must complete a checklist of required skills along with their application. This will be sent to you after you register. 

Become a Kodály Australia member here.

Required texts:

Klinger, R. “A Guide to Lesson Planning in a Kodály Setting” $40.00
Bridges, D. & Hoermann, D. “Catch A Song” $44.00

Recommended texts:

Chosky, L. “The Kodály Method 1” – this book is no longer available in Australia. You might find it in a library. We also have a couple of copies available to borrow ca. $220.00

Text purchases:
Text book orders can be placed at

A Guide to Lesson Planning is also available as a digital download from

Remember to order your books early to ensure you have them by the first lecture
Prices may fluctuate.

A440 tuning fork (can be purchased at
2 Lever Arch Folders

Elizabeth O’Leary – Level 1 Lecturer

Elizabeth is a passionate music educator, conductor and choral performer. She has a decade of music teaching experience both within schools and in the wider community.

Elizabeth is currently the Director of Training Choirs at Young Voices of Melbourne, teaches at Caulfield Grammar School, and is the founder of Very Young Voices of Melbourne, Kodály inspired music classes for children aged 0-5.

In 2019, Elizabeth was awarded the Sarolta Kodály Scholarship to study at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy, where she completed an Advanced Diploma. She was awarded the Australian Kodály Certificate (AKC) in 2012 and is an accredited Kodály lecturer. She is an experienced workshop presenter and has taught musicianship and primary pedagogy as part of the AKC.

Elizabeth performs regularly as a soprano and is currently a member of Alta Collective.

Renée Heron – Level 2 Lecturer 

Renée is currently the Artistic Director of The Yarra Voices and a primary music teacher and choral director at Caulfield Grammar, Malvern Campus. In 2016-17, Renee had the privilege of attending the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, where she also studied Kokas-pedagogy under Kata Körtvési. She is a musicianship and methodology course lecturer for Kodály Australia, where she serves as President of the Victorian Branch and acts as a regular adjudicator and workshop presenter. Renee holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland and a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne. Renee is a member of Melbourne based chamber choir, Polyphonic Voices and a founding member of Alta Collective.

Students must complete courses in order, eg students wishing to enroll in Level 2 must have completed Level 1.

Please note that the course lecturer will not be handling course money or book money. Invoices and receipts are emailed from the office. There is a ‘no refund’ policy after the course commencement. Please note that books may not be given to participants until payment has been made. Please see course payment policy HERE.

You will be given a course book at your first session.
Other materials you will need to bring are pen/pencil and notebook.
You will also need to put together a resource folder and this will be explained in more detail at your first session.

Time Commitment:
In addition to the weekly classes, you will need to put time aside to practise musicianship skills, revise concepts and complete written homework tasks. The time needed to do this will vary for each person. Most people find they need to spend an additional 2 – 3 hours a week on coursework.

Assessment and Attendance:
Passing the course is not automatic, but is based on successfully completing all the course requirements. These will be outlined in the first session and throughout the course. You will receive ongoing assessment and feedback from your lecturer throughout the course. In addition you will need to complete several formal pieces of assessment which includes an examination and written homework tasks. Participants who successfully complete all course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

Students must attend all contact hours and pass all assessment in order to gain credit for an AKC course. In the case of illness and extraordinary circumstances, students may apply for special consideration and extension at the discretion of the course provider.

If you are unable to attend a session due to illness, being a COVID Close Contact or other COVID related reason, the lecturer will make allowances for a streamed/recorded lecture for the missed session.

Awards and Accreditation:

Participants who successfully complete all course requirements will be accredited with the following subjects and awarded with a certificate from the Victorian Branch of KMEIA.

The Australian Kodály Certificate is made up of these areas of study: Methodology, Teaching Techniques, Cultural Materials, Musicianship, Conducting and Vocal Techniques and Extension Studies. The model to be used by the Victorian Branch in 2023 will consist of two sections:

(Semester 1): Pedagogy, Materials and Practicum in Primary Levels 1, 2 & 3 and Secondary Level 1

(Semester 2): Musicianship, Conducting and Ensemble (Choral Elective)

Requirements for Completing the Australian Kodály Certificate:

Participants who successfully complete subjects within the KMEIA Victorian course will be eligible to gain credit towards this award.

More details about the National Syllabus and the requirements to obtain the Australian Kodály Certificate can be found here:

Enquiries and Registration

Kodály Victoria Office

PO Box 5046
VIC 3149