Zsuzsa Kata Horváth

http://lks.zskhorvath.org/discoveries/Zsuzsa Kata Horváth offers teacher training courses on high quality music teaching, and offers high quality music teaching for all ages 

Zsuzsa Kata Horváth is the founder music teacher of Liverpool Kodály School, offering

Zsuzsa first qualified as a bassoonist (M.Mus in 2006) at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where she studied bassoon with Steve Marsden, Musical Research Skills with Lucy Robinson, Orchestral playing with Howard Williams and John Reynolds and Music Theory with Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Baroque ornamentation with Jeremy Ward. Previously she had excellent solfége and music theory education at Saint Stephen King Conservatoire and Music School, at  Hungarian Lutheran Church Organist Training Institute, and at Pécsvárad Music School; therefore she won the Hedy King Robinson award twice, for passing Grade 7 and Grade 8 ABRSM Music Theory with distinction. She had extensive Kodály methodology training between 2014 and 2018: studying with the greatest tutors: Nikhil Dally (Stepping Notes Music Teaching Course with Kodály, Dalcrose and Colourstrings for 2-8-year olds’ music teaching), Lucinda Geoghegan (KMETH2 – Kodály methodology for 4-11-year-olds’ teaching, passed with distinction at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow), Len Tyler (Kodály in the Klassroom, for 2-8-year-olds’ teaching) and Ilona Gállné Gróh (Ringató: methodology for leading 0-3-year-olds’ and carers’ singing group with Kodály principles).

Zsuzsa has taught Kodály musicianship to all ages in local 0-3-year-old and carers’ singing groups,  at Seaham Music Academy,  After School Music for 6-8-year-old’s at Saint James Daisy Hill Primary School in Bolton, and at Liverpool Kodály School.

Zsuzsa has been a bassoonist in numerous symphony orchestras (amateur since 1992, and professional since 2006), lately playing with Bolton Symphony Orchestra, Crosby Symphony Orchestra and small chamber orchestras of the North West of England.

Zsuzsa’s life was successfully saved in 1997 (age 20 years) when she was suffering from osteomyelitis, sepsis and anaemia secondary to a serious injury to her right hand. Her right hand healed with nine digits and good function. Since she has been playing an adapted bassoon with 9 digits and has been playing further instruments with 9 digits.

Zsuzsa also has experience as a church organist ( trained as a Lutheran Church Organist in 1992), including playing for services (so far in Lutheran and Unitarian churches), arranging 4-part accompaniments for hymns, and engaging church-goers of all ages in the services in communal music making to help them on their way to find the soul of their community.

Zsuzsa has choir singing experience, singing Alto in mixed Lutheran choir Mandák Kórus  and in chamber choir Magic Diaphragm in the past. She is able to sing her part independently in a chamber choir, and is also able to sing one part and play other parts on an instrument or show the solfa handsigns or the rhythmic notation for the other part.

Zsuzsa knows that active music making is a life- and world-changing experience, and musical literacy, although not always needed for communal music making, is the absolute guarantee to participate in active music making later in life. She believes that almost everyone (apart from people who were born deaf or have amusia) can master musical literacy, should children be given the opportunity to be taught by skilled teachers.

Zsuzsa discovered that music will only belong to everyone if all school teachers, trainees, school teacher trainers and everyone who engage in children’s education will undergo Introductory Kodaly Training courses to develop a basic understanding about

  • what they can expect from a good school music teacher,
  • what it takes to deliver high quality music lessons in schools (Music teachers need to undergo complex training including Advanced Kodaly Training Courses),
  • how children can thrive on growing up with high quality music lessons, including their school results, attendance and personality development,
  • how teachers can collaborate with the music teacher to offer optimal  support for each child,
  • how quality music teaching influences our environment,
  • how quality music teaching influences our healthcare,
  • how quality music teaching influences our family values;
  • and when they will have developed an understanding about all this, then they will make a step to arrange the funding (most of which is to pay for music lessons for each classes rather than investing in expensive instruments).

Zsuzsa also has a background as a medical doctor (lately as a locum medical SHO). She believes that Kodály musicianship teaching for primary school age children could prevent loneliness, isolation, personality disorders and addiction in teenager-, adult- and elderly-hood; which would at least halve the number of people needed to be seen in the A&E Department during and acute on-take; implying proper music teaching in childhood is very likely to halve the cost we need to invest for our National Health Service, since it is likely to reduce the workload of NHS staff with 50%.

“Music does not lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” – by Jimi Hendrix