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Updated: Dec 4. 2018.
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BODNÁR, Gábor: Path to creativity and free self-expression for all the layers of society: The Psalmus Humanus Integrated Arts Education Program.
In: " New landscapes in science and art ". Proceeding Book of the 1st ELTE Workshop for Arts Education, p. 70.
… the Psalmus Humanus gives possibilities to instructors and students want to become teachers to change their attitudes regarding teacher training. To reach these goals the association contracted with the Music Department of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Humanities. The lecture wants to show this common work.
About us in PESTI EST ("Budapest's evening" - former Hungarian periodical for the presentation of cultural events in Budapest) December 2007
by János Mácsai
"... and so does Kodály's oeuvre: both his books and teaching method. From Korea to the United States, from Australia to Argentina, thousands and thousands of children are taught how to better understand and feel music by means of his method. There are now almost 50 music institutions around the world bearing Kodály's name, while in the US alone his concepts in music pedagogy are put into practice in 15 states."
"Psalmus Humanus Association wishes to make a contribution to this work by a bilingual (Hungarian-English) DVD published on Kodály's 125th birth anniversary. The film titled 'Music belongs to everyone' introduces the different ways of teaching art to children based on the pedagogical methods of the great musician. The DVD was produced under the professional guidance of Katalin K. Udvari with regard to the results of the latest scientific research in the field. The outstanding importance of the issue was also recognized by Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO, which gave its support to the publishing and promotion of the film.
Offering a comprehensive view of the workshops adopting the integrated programs in art pedagogy elaborated by Psalmus Humanus Association, the publication shares valuable knowledge and experience with professionals and parents concerned with their children's arts education. The bases of Kodály's music pedagogy are presented along with the association's special art educational program "in operation", that is, through the activity of the most efficient - yet little-known - art workshops of the Hungarian scene.
The greatest advantage of this program is to make music learning an enjoyable and playful activity available to all children - regardless of their abilities or the social background they come from. Psalmus Humanus art education methods can be applied to outstanding as well as to disadvantaged children, whether healthy or disabled.
According to Kodály, it is never too early to start teaching music. Among the most interesting projects shown on the DVD is the one which stimulates the spiritual development of the foetus through a series of activities for pregnant women. The film also gives a comprehensive picture of the methods adopted in the kindergarten, which is the first serious background of musical education. Here, music is approached through physical exercises aimed at developing partial capacities by improving singing and movement co-ordination. We can get a close insight into the life of the best-known and professionally most recognized Kecskemét schools, and also get acquainted with a number of special fields of application, such as music teaching and information technology, or the arts education of socially disadvantaged children, teaching music to blind or visually impaired pupils, to the motor disabled or mentally impaired, or other currently not very well-known areas.
The film (directed and edited by dr. Zsuzsa Pásztor, script by Katalin K. Udvari) was given a remarkable professional reception in Hungary. The English version of the DVD will hopefully serve as a compulsory teaching aid in all the institutions of the world named after Kodály.