Episode 1- A Well-Trained Ear, Intelligence, Heart, and Hand

Show Notes:
In this episode we discuss one of Kodály’s most famous quotes about the developing musician. We also play a few games, introduce ourselves and share some joyful moments.

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“The characteristics of a good musician can be summarized as follows: 1. A well-trained ear. 2. A well-trained intelligence. 3. A well-trained heart. 4. A well-trained hand. All four must develop together, in constant equilibrium. As soon as one lags behind or rushes ahead, there is something wrong. So far most of you have met only the requirement of the fourth point: the training of your fingers has left the rest far behind. You would have achieved the same results more quickly and easily, however, if your training in the other three had kept pace.”

Music in this podcast episode comes from my good friend, Mark Kroos. He is an amazing guitarist and arranger. I have had him come to my school and play for the students and staff, we all came away inspired and ready to rock! Please check out his website, buy his tracks, and get him to come to your schools!


Thank you, Jordan

One thought on “Episode 1- A Well-Trained Ear, Intelligence, Heart, and Hand

  1. Well-done, Jordan and Kevin! You make a dynamic team for sharing your love of elementary music teaching, using Kodaly’s philosophy, and making this philosophy winsome for those who might not understand exactly how dynamic it is….kids making music! Kevin, I did two levels with Jill Trinka at Hartt. Time spent with her is always amazing! Favorite memory of her is her performance of The Whistling Gypsy with the dulcimer. And Jordan, you have energy and enthusiasm that is contagious! That Nutcracker was written for middle school kids, but cannot imagine middle schoolers, in today’s culture (the show was written in the 80’s), buying into the “magic” of the story the way that third graders do. Am so happy that you have people who are coming alongside of you, to share their love of music and performance with your students. Looking forward to hearing the next episode!


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