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Book Review: Sound Thinking

(5 stars *****) Sound Thinking was first published in 1965 and are part of the initial phases of Kodaly education in the United States.  Two volumes of this work is published by Boosey & Hawkes.  Normally a very expensive publisher, Boosey prices these volumes under $20 a piece.  I have some older copies and the bindings are shot.  I think I will rebind them this summer.

Philip Tacka and Michael Houlahan are both professors at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Houlahan chairs the music department there.  The two are Hungarian trained at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.  They have the strongest background in Kodaly methods and their book is easy to use and accessible for students.

I have been using these books lately in response to some Middle School students who complained that they "never learned to read music."  Now that I have been at the school for 3 years, it's time to bring Middle School up to the level and standard that Lower Elementary has enjoyed.  I'm using these books!

Middle School students are very intimidated at first, but the slow and steady progression of skills helps them feel each new cognitive accomplishment.  They are so proud of themselves.  I highly recommend these books, especially Volume 1.  Use exercises from them and make up your own exercises based on the kind of work in them.  You won't be disappointed.

Doctors Houlahan and Tacka have a new book, Kodaly Today, a college level textbook.  That book sells for $45 and I'm anxious to get my hands on a copy.  


Dave Owen said…
When those bindings break it's time to get them spiral-bound, not reglued! I love a book that stays open.

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