Image of opening quotation marksMusic is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind…He who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity.Image of closing quotation marks

Zoltan Kodály.

The Kodály Centre of London (KCL) was set up in 1992 by David and Yuko Vinden. The aims of the centre are to promote the musicianship training method established by the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály. The KCL carries this out in two ways: through evening courses for adults interested in learning about the Kodály method and workshops for schools, colleges, universities and other musical groups. Workshops have also been successfully presented as inset days for teachers.

The Kodály Method

Zoltan Kodály (1882 – 1967) gave the world an approach to music education which is nothing short of a world leader. Based on singing as its starting point the approach aims to develop the Inner Hearing through musical activity…singing games, children’s songs, folk songs and good art material. Kodály said that music should be an essential part of the human experience.


The Kodály Centre of London have written and published nearly 30 different materials for music education ranging from rhythm flash cards to newly edited music collections such as Musica Transalpina I and the collected canonic output of Cherubini. These materials are available to order through this website.

David is also working with Cyrilla Rowsell on a whole curriculum of music teaching designed for the non music specialist primary school teacher. It is being trialled now and the reception year material will be published by Jolly Music and available from March 2008. First year material will follow in due course.