Upcoming Course


All sessions will be conducted via Zoom

Assessment :

Written (To be submitted online)

Presentation (To be assessed in class)

Date : 6th – 17th December 2021

Time : 4PM – 7PM (GMT+8)

Subjects: Methodology & Musicianship

Lecturers for Secondary Level 1 & 3:

Methodology : Dr. James Cuskelly

Musicianship : Dr. Michael Bradshaw

Lecturer for Primary Level 1:

Methodology & Musicianship : Carla Trott

Kodàly Training Course


  • Methodology ( To be offered in December 2021)

  • Musicianship ( To be offered in December 2021)

  • Practicum/Materials

  • Choral Conducting/Choir


Primary Level 1

Primary School Setting

Secondary Level 1 & 3

Secondary School Setting

Contents of Methodology

Kodàly Philosophy in the Australian context:

Basic Tenets and Pedagogical Application

Curriculum Development

Teaching Techniques

Sequencing Learning



Contents of Musicianship

Kodàly Philosophy in the Australian context:

Solfege Singing

Pentatonic Scales, Modes

Diatonic scales

Memory Training

Sight-singing Dictation Level

Aural Scale Development

Dr James Cuskelly

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Dr James Cuskelly is Head of Faculty: Creative Arts and Design Studies at St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s School, Brisbane, President of the International Kodály Society, Director of the Summer School Music Program, and Director of the Cuskelly College of Music. He completed undergraduate studies and a Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland. The Kodály Certificate from Holy Names College (California) was awarded in 1991 and the Master of Music studies (The University of Queensland) in 1997. He gained the Doctor of Philosophy (The University of Queensland) in Music Education in 2007. He was Head of Music Education and the Aural Musicianship Program at the University of Queensland from 2000 – 2010, and during that time received two awards for Excellence in Teaching.

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Dr Michael Bradshaw

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Michael completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland Australia, graduating with first-class honours and a University Medal in 2011, having completed a dual specialisation in piano performance and musicology. In 2014 he then travelled to Hungary where he completed his MA in Kodály pedagogy through the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét. He stayed there a further year to work as an assistant to the director, Dr László Norbert Nemes, teaching musicianship classes and conducting the institute choir, as well as completing further studies in conducting, piano, and voice. In 2018, he completed his PhD on the music of Prokofiev, with a dissertation titled “Prokofiev’s New Simplicity and Expressive Form.
Michael is currently a teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium High School where he teaches a variety of music subjects to students from grades 7-12, having previously taught music theory courses at the University of Queensland. He has been a lecturer at the Kodály Summer Music School Programs in Brisbane since 2016.

Carla Trott

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Carla Trott is a Classroom Music Specialist committed to teaching and learning Music using an aural-based sequential program. She was previously the Head of Instrumental Music and Classroom Music Teacher (Prep to Year 12) at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane. She is currently facilitating a Music Everyday program at Fort St Public School and a specialized program for auditioned high school students at the Conservatorium High School (Sydney).

Carla is also the co-founder of the Emerging Music Teachers Network; a group aimed at supporting and mentoring beginning career music educators and has run adult community Musicianship teachers for the Pathways to the Music program.
Carla graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Cello Performance. This was followed by a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education in 2012 and the Australian Kodály Certificate (Secondary) in 2014.