Let us sing correctly!

Musicianship Training according to Zoltán Kodály’s Pedagogical Philosophy

Angeliki Ploka (The Netherlands / Greece), Yasmin Folini (Hungary / Greece), Erifili Damianou (Greece)

6 - 12 August

Duration: 30 hours
Working time: 10.00 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 19.00
Language: Greek, English

All participants are kindly requested to send a short biography and also state their type of voice (SATB) to the following e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Angeliki Ploka)

"...the characteristics of a good musician can be summarized as follows: a well-educated ear, a well-educated intelligence, a well-educated heart and a well-educated hand…"

With these words the Hungarian pedagogue Ζoltán Kodály, marks the preconditions that one needs in order to become a well-rounded musician.

In order to achieve this goal, every music manifestation must be led by an inner conception, hearing and imagination. All the above mentioned skills can be more easily developed through singing; therefore, the voice is the most essential tool in the pedagogical philosophy of Z. Kodály. In addition, singing contributes to the cultivation of musicianship, which is developed mainly through solfege. As a consequence, solfege is the Αlpha and Omega of music understanding!

The aim of the seminar is for the participants to experience in a holistic way the principles of Z. Kodály’s pedagogical approach and its methodological ideas, in the way they are implemented in the music education system of Hungary, as well as to give suggestions on how to adapt those ideas to the Greek public schools and conservatories.
The seminar is addressed to music teachers/pedagogues of all levels of music education, to choral conductors, to students and graduates of the music departments of universities as well as to students and graduates of music conservatories that are interested in music education and choral singing.

The workshops that will be offered throughout the seminar are:

Kodály Workshop
Teachers: Angeliki Ploka & Yasmin Folini

The participants will experience the methods of teaching solfege and music theory within the spectrum of the Ζ. Kodály approach as it has been practised and enriched by the contemporary tendencies of music education. The aim of this workshop is the personal development of the participants and for them to get acquainted with new ideas and techniques of teaching solfege.

Teaching music in school
Teacher: Erifili Damianou
Z. Kodály believed in the strength of learning music through joyful activities that make children happy and passionate! Children love music games because they have the feeling of an effortless learning experience; therefore, there is no better way than giving them this opportunity!

‘The musicality of our bodies’
Teacher: Yasmin Folini

While maintaining the basic principles of the Kodály’s philosophy, this class gives emphasis to the holistic perception of music, in which free-form movements and other spontaneous reactions emerging throughout music listening, based on the innovative teaching approach by Dr. Klára Kokas

Teacher: Angeliki Ploka 

The above-mentioned workshops would be meaningless without connecting music education with music performance. An educator can offer much more when he/she is an active artist. The objective of the workshop is for the members to sing choral pieces for mixed and equal voices derived from Hungarian choral repertoire as well as repertoire from other countries.

Angeliki PlokaAngeliki Ploka

Angeliki is a Greek choir conductor, soprano and music pedagogue. She studied singing and choir conducting at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (NL), choir conducting and music pedagogy at the Liszt Academy of Music (HU) and musicology/music pedagogy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR). She holds also Diplomas in Piano and Music Theory and was a recipient of the Sarolta Kodály Scholarship (International Kodály Society), of the Α. Onassis and of the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (Ι.Κ.Υ) during her studies.
Angeliki studied conducting with Péter Erdei, Dr. Zoltán Pad, Jos van Veldhoven, Jos Vermunt, Alex Schillings and Kenneth Montgommery. She has participated in conducting masterclasses with Daniel Reuss, Fredrik Malmberg, Grete Pedersen, and singing masterclasses with Aris Christofellis, Sofia Kyanidou Drew Santini among others.
In 2015 she was selected to participate in the Tenso Masterclass for Conductors, organized by TENSO, the European Network for professional chamber choirs (http://www.tensonetwork.eu) and she was invited back in 2016. During these masterclasses, she worked with the professional choirs Cappella Amsterdam, Ηelsingin kamarikuoro and Det Norske Solistkor. 
Angeliki has worked with various ensembles and choirs in Greece, Hungary and The Netherlands such as the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, the Csíkszerda Chamber Choir, the Mixed Choir of the Kodály Institute, the Cecilia International Choir of The Hague and the Residentie Kamerkoor. She is the conductor of the Nieuw Kamerkoor Delft and of the Amsterdams Studenten Projeckoor.
As a soloist and an ensemble singer, Angeliki maintains a busy schedule. She has sung in productions with the Groot Omroepkoor (Dutch Radio Choir), the project Meesters & Gezellen 2016, the Orkest de Ereprijs under the baton of conductors such as Daniel Reuss, Sigvards Klava, Michael Gläser and Bernard Haitink.
As a music pedagogue, she has applied the principals of Kodály’s philosophy in teaching pre-school music, music theory/solfege and piano for more than a decade. She is regularly invited to lead workshop sin Kodály’s Music Pedagogy.
Angeliki is teaching solfege/repertoire according to Kodály’s pedagogical philosophy at the Dutch National Choirs (Nationale Koren-Vocaal Talent Nederland) in Amsterdam and at the School for Young Talent (School voor Jong Talent/Royal Conservatoire The Hague). 
Since 2016 Angeliki teaches at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (music theory, aural skills, analysis, ensemble leading and choir).

yasmin2016Yasmin Folini

Yasmin Folini is a graduate of the Liszt Academy of Music at the Department of Music Pedagogy. As a recipient of the Hungarian State Scholarship, she obtained her BA in General Music studies with Kodály Emphasis (Distinction) and her MA in Kodály Music Pedagogy (Distinction). She has also received her Diploma in Harmony (Excellent) in 2010 from the Athenaeum-Maria Callas Conservatory in Athens, Greece.
In September 2015, she joined the teaching faculty of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy, Kecskemét. There she teaches subjects including solfege and piano. She has been invited as lecturer delivering workshops on the international adaptation of Kodály’s pedagogical approach in Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Estonia and South Korea.
As a pianist, Yasmin has won several competitions and has participated in many masterclasses in Piano and Chamber Music with P.Nagy, A.-M.Ciornei, O.Szabó, D.Blumenthal, B.Berman, J.Colom, M.Gouveia, among others.
Yasmin is also a member of the New Ferenc Liszt Chamber Choir (Új Liszt Ferenc Kamarakórus) working with conductors such as László Norbert Nemes, Péter Erdei, Grete Pedersen and András Keller, Hamar Zsolt, Ko matsushita while giving numerous concerts in Hungary and abroad.

Erifili Damianou - Marinis Erifili 2015

Erifili Damianou was born in Thessaloniki. She is a graduate of the Department of Music Studies in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and also a graduate of Preschool Educators College. She studied Piano and Music Theory in the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and continued her musical studies in Zoltán Kodály Institute in Hungary where she graduated with distinction (Red Diploma). She studied Choir Conducting in Hungary with professors Péter Erdei, Eva Rosgonyi and Katalin Kiss. At the same time she attended master classes and seminars in choir conducting with Anthonis Kontogeorgiou, John Adamidis, Ernst Koletschka and Doreen Rao. Since 1992 she is an instructor at the Department of Music Studies at the Aristotle University. She is also working as a music teacher in primary school education. She excelled as a conductor of the “Panagouda” girls’ choir and also as a conductor of the Children’s and the Mixed Choir of the “Music College” Conservatory in Thessaloniki. Since February 2013 she is the founder and the conductor of the mixed choir of Greek Society for Music Education. As a music educator, she participated in many seminars and workshops on the teaching approaches of Carl Orff and J. Dalcroze. As a researcher she participated actively in Psychoacoustics program (I.PS.A.) and the «Music and the Brain» interdepartmental project in Aristotle University. She also attended specialized programs concerning the association of learning with brain function in Macedonia University and the University of Sheffield. She has presented in Greek and international conferences and she has published papers on Music Education and Music Theory in Greek and foreign journals. As a musicologist she collaborated with the “Thessaloniki - Cultural Capital Agency” and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall-Megaron.