Master of Education in Kodály Music Education

Kodály professor leading a group of studentsThe American Kodály Institute (AKI) at Loyola offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Kodály Music Education that meets or exceeds all OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators) requirements for Kodály certification. The 36-credit program is designed as a multi-summer cohort style program offered in four successive summer terms.

Unique in its music and education course offerings, Loyola's M.Ed. in Kodály Music Education provides music educators with comprehensive musicianship and pedagogical training that produces artist/educator/scholars of the highest caliber. Based on singing, Kodály Music Education enables students to develop the musical skills to understand what they hear and apply that understanding to reading, writing, improvisation, composition, and overall musical artistry.

This approach to music education was inspired by Zoltán Kodály, a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and educator. Concerned about the quality of the musical training available to children and teachers in Hungary in the 1920s, he encouraged his colleagues and students to travel throughout Europe in search of the best models for teaching music. Their findings formed the basis for what is now known internationally as Kodály Music Education.

At Loyola, you will benefit from the rich tradition of Kodály Music training taught by expert faculty in Loyola's outstanding music facilities.

Program Format

Kodály courses run for three weeks each July. Students generally complete their four levels during four consecutive summers. The first three summers consist of Kodály certification Level I, II, and III courses. Each level includes four three-week courses (nine credits at each level for a total of 36 credits):

  • Solfa (Sight Singing & Ear Training) - 2 credits at each level
  • Kodály Methodology - 2 credits at each level
  • Kodály Materials (Songs & Games, Folk Instruments, Retrieval System) - 3 credits at each level
  • Choral Studies (Conducting & Choir) - 2 credits at each level

Students receive their Kodály certification following successful completion of Level III, and their master's degree following successful completion of Level IV.

Level IV consists of the following three core education courses: Foundations of Educational Research, Teaching Students with Special Needs, and Advanced Studies in Music Education. These courses are designed to broaden the student's knowledge of research and trends in the field of education.

In order to receive a grade report and be eligible to progress to the next level, all course requirements must be completed successfully and all fees must be paid in full.

AKI courses provide comprehensive, cutting-edge training in the following areas:

  • Musicianship
  • Kodály Methodology
  • Music Learning Theory
  • Voice Development
  • Songs and Singing Games for the Classroom
  • Choral Performance
  • Conducting
  • Folk Song Collection & Analysis
  • Folk Dance
  • Folk Instruments

Students who require a brush-up in sight singing and ear training skills take a one-credit prep course called Solfa Fundamentals during the Special Studies Week immediately preceding Level I.

The Kodály master's degree program requires a full schedule of classes during the day in addition to several hours of practice and homework in the evening and on the weekends. It is essential that students clear their schedules of other activities while participating in the summer institute.

Program Benefits

  • Cohort-based
  • Summer terms
  • Outstanding music facilities
  • Distinguished faculty of world-class master teachers
  • Customized instruction and individual attention
  • Instruction in accompaniment skills on folk instruments
  • Training in vocal development, musicianship, and pedagogy
  • Application of the latest music education research
  • Emphasis on practical materials, methods, and sequencing
  • Exceeds OAKE Kodály teacher-training guidelines