Today’s episode of the podcast is the very first interview of Season 2! I am so incredibly pumped to have Dr. Brent Gault on the show to talk all about Kodály-Inspired teaching. In this episode, we talk all about the book he co-edited with Dr. Carlos Abril, titled Teaching General Music: Approaches, Issues, and Viewpoints, and specifically about the chapter Dr. Gault wrote on Kodály-inspired teaching.Brent Gault is professor of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He has taught elementary and early childhood music courses in Texas, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He specializes in elementary general music education, early childhood music education, and Kodály-inspired methodology. He also has training in both the Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education.
Gault has presented sessions and research at conferences of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Dalcroze Society of America, International Kodály Society, International Society for Music Education, Organization of American Kodály Educators, and National Association for Music Education. In addition, he has served as a presenter and guest lecturer for colleges and music education organizations in the United States, Canada, China, and Ireland.
Articles by Gault have been published in various music education periodicals, including the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, Kodály Envoy, Orff Echo, and American Dalcroze Journal. He is the co-editor (with Carlos Abril) of Teaching General Music (2016, Oxford University Press) and author of Listen Up! Fostering Musicianship Through Active Listening (2016, Oxford University Press).
In addition to his duties with the Music Education Department, Gault serves as the program director for the Indiana University Children’s Choir, where he conducts the Allegro Choir. He is a past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
Here are some of the highlights of my conversation with Dr. Brent Gault:
- A peek at the book Teaching General Music, and why he and Dr. Carlos Abril decided it was important to have a text like it.
- How he discovered Kodály and why he was drawn to the approach.
- The importance of musical fluency and how to incorporate it into your teaching.
- The issue of “quality” and how to decide what to include in your classroom.
- How world music and musics of different cultures apply to Kodály-inspired teaching.