30 episodes

If you’re interested in teaching musical skills and literacy through singing then this is the place for you. My name is Helen Russell from Doremi Connect and I’m going to help you achieve your goals using the Kodály approach.

I teach piano and group music classes to children and adults. In the classroom and as part of after-school clubs. So if you're like me, then you will love to use these resources in your teaching.

Helen is the founder of Doremi Connect, an online community for music teachers to develop their skills and connect with like-minded Kodály geeks.

To connect with Helen and the Doremi community visit https://doremiconnect.co.uk/

Doremi Teach Helen Russell

    • Education

If you’re interested in teaching musical skills and literacy through singing then this is the place for you. My name is Helen Russell from Doremi Connect and I’m going to help you achieve your goals using the Kodály approach.

I teach piano and group music classes to children and adults. In the classroom and as part of after-school clubs. So if you're like me, then you will love to use these resources in your teaching.

Helen is the founder of Doremi Connect, an online community for music teachers to develop their skills and connect with like-minded Kodály geeks.

To connect with Helen and the Doremi community visit https://doremiconnect.co.uk/

    Four Depths of Kodály Piano Teaching

    Four Depths of Kodály Piano Teaching

    Do you have to jump in at the deep end when teaching the piano using the Kodály Approach? I’ll be answering that question in today’s podcast where I talk about the Doremi Four Depths of Kodály Piano teaching.
    In our last episode before the summer break I want to share a lesson from my video course Kodály Kickoff for Piano Teachers. This course is, naturally, available to all Doremi members but did you know it’s one of the few courses inside Doremi that you can buy separately.
    PLUS I’ll be running live online coaching sessions in August for members AND anyone who has registered for the Kickoff course. So if you want to use your Kodály knowledge in a piano lessons setting, or maybe you’re new to the Kodály Approach - grab this course and book yourself onto one of my live coaching sessions. Just visit doremiconnect.co.uk/kick

    • 10 min
    7 Ways to Encourage Arm Movement in Kodály Piano Lessons

    7 Ways to Encourage Arm Movement in Kodály Piano Lessons

    When teaching piano beginners we need to remember that the skills we want them to master in the future need seeding from the start. So today I’m going to talk about how to sow the seed that will grow into easy and free arm movement and effective hand position changes.
    And because it’s Kodály, it’s going to be fun, creative and playful.
    Improvisation
    Story telling
    Part work
    12-bar Blues
    Pre-defined movement
    Safari by June Armstrong
    Magic Beans by Ben Crosland

    Links
    African Dawn by June Armstrong https://youtu.be/3RmwIPBOAiM (https://youtu.be/3RmwIPBOAiM)
    Gazelles Standing by June Armstrong https://youtu.be/zQ6RogwenU4 (https://youtu.be/zQ6RogwenU4)
    Thinking Out Loud by Ben Crosland https://youtu.be/sUsyameTEKI (https://youtu.be/sUsyameTEKI)
    If you’d like to see my lesson plans for teaching piano using the Kodály Approach then you need to check out Doremi Membership. Doremi Members get access to my Doremi Teach Piano curriculum, including video walkthroughs, downloadable lesson plans and resources and access to my live coaching and QandA calls and online community.
    There are teachers just like you already in the community ready to support you and share your questions, successes and stories. So come and join us at https://doremiconnect.co.uk/piano (doremiconnect.co.uk/piano)

    • 9 min
    When Will They Do Grade 1? No Worries for Kodály Piano Teachers

    When Will They Do Grade 1? No Worries for Kodály Piano Teachers

    “When will they do their Grade 1?”
    I think we all recognise this question and we all dread it.
    But what happens when you’re a Kodály Piano Teacher?
    In today’s podcast I’m going to talk about my experiences and observations getting my students to Graded exams and how parental expectations are managed.
    You might be surprised! I certainly was.
    Key Points:
    Why parents ask about grades
    What the parents really want to know
    How the Doremi microsteps help students and parents
    Taking the careful Doremi approach doesn't take longer
    Where we really benefit as a Kodály piano teacher

    • 6 min
    Memorising Kodály Music & Piano Lesson Plans

    Memorising Kodály Music & Piano Lesson Plans

    Do you memorise your lesson plans for piano lessons or music classes?
    When Doremi Members start using my detailed lesson plans, a frequently asked question is how do you remember what to do?
    It made me realise that so many of us feel we need to memorise our lesson plans and I reflected on my own journey, hang ups and misconceptions about memorisation.
    In this week’s podcast I share those reflections and why memorising your lesson plan isn’t necessarily desirable or achievable.
    Key Points:
    Why we feel the need to memorise
    Why it can cause problems
    How to avoid the need to memorise
    The benefits on not hiding your plans
    A sneaky peek at one of the Doremi Teach lesson plans

    If you’d like to see my lesson plans for teaching piano or classroom music using the Kodály Approach then you need to check out Doremi Membership. Doremi Members get access to my classroom music curriculum, including video walkthroughs, downloadable lesson plans and resources and access to my live coaching and QandA calls and online community. If it’s piano you’re after, you can become a Doremi Teach Piano member and get all that plus my Doremi Teach Piano curriculum. Again, lesson plans, resources and walkthroughs.
    There are teachers just like you already in the community ready to support you and share your questions, successes and stories. So come and join us at https://doremiconnect.co.uk/music (doremiconnect.co.uk/music) or if you’re a piano teacher https://doremiconnect.co.uk/piano (doremiconnect.co.uk/piano)

    • 8 min
    Which Solfa to Start with in Kodály Music Lessons?

    Which Solfa to Start with in Kodály Music Lessons?

    Do you teach music using the Kodály Approach? Or maybe you’re thinking about it and are wondering where to start.
    You know you want to teach using solfa, and you know that throwing them into the full diatonic scale is not the best way. But which subset of the tones, or toneset, do you teach first?
    Here are my thoughts, including details on how to access a free mini course that’s usually just for Doremi members.
    Oh and get ready for some controversy.
    Key Points:
    Young beginners
    so-mi and la-so-mi
    Older beginners
    so-mi or mi-re-do or something else?!!
    When do we make an exception?
    Grab my free mini course at doremiconnect.co.uk/baby

    Do you want more support with your Kodály curriculum? Why not join me inside Doremi Membership? It's where I hang out all the time supporting my members and sharing all my best stuff, including my own detailed Kodály curriculum and all the lesson plans and resources you need to deliver the best quality music lessons to your students.
    https://doremiconnect.co.uk/music (doremiconnect.co.uk/music)

    • 8 min
    4 Differences of Kodály Music Lessons and Piano Lessons

    4 Differences of Kodály Music Lessons and Piano Lessons

    Do you teach classroom music and private instrumental lessons using the Kodály approach?
    I don’t know about you, but as a Kodály music teacher I actually teach in a lot of different settings.
    I teach classroom music using my very own Kodály based Doremi Teach Music curriculum, and I also teach private piano lessons, again using my Kodály based Doremi Teach Piano curriculum. In fact it’s more than just that. I also teach adult musicianship and of course deliver teacher training and coaching to my Doremi members.
    And despite each setting using the same approach, that is the singing based Kodály approach to music education, they can actually look quite different in some areas.
    In this podcast episode I share my four top differences.
    Difference #1 - Pitch Awareness
    Difference #2 - Practice
    Difference #3 - Speed
    Difference #4 - Notation
    Do you want more support with your Kodály curriculum? Why not join me inside Doremi Membership? It's where I hang out all the time supporting my members and sharing all my best stuff, including my own detailed Kodály curriculum and all the lesson plans and resources you need to deliver the best quality music lessons to your students.
    https://doremiconnect.co.uk/music (https://doremiconnect.co.uk/music)

    • 8 min