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Kodály Music Education

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Degree Overview Open Accordion

See how earning your master's in Kodály music education can help you to become a more effective music educator. This program allows you to earn your Kodály certification online, with hands-on training in the annual Colorado Kodály Institute.

Earn your master's and Kodály certification online

Take your teaching, conducting, and musicianship to new heights with this unique program that combines an online curriculum with hands-on experience. Designed for elementary, secondary, and independent music educators, this degree features on-campus participation in the annual Colorado Kodály Institute as an exclusive two-week residency each summer.

What makes the program unique

The online curriculum and summer sessions fit nicely into most teachers' schedules, allowing you to earn your master's in music education while continuing to work full time. The courses you will take online cover theory and research, while the on-campus summer institutes offer important interaction and the opportunity to apply the techniques and methods you have been studying. You will learn from faculty – some with more than 30 years of teaching experience – who are:

  • Respected researchers in the field
  • Leaders in national professional organizations
  • Active professional musicians

Upon completion of this program, you will not only have your master's in music education, but through the summer institute, you will have earned national Kodály music teaching certification as well.

What you learn

The curriculum introduces the philosophy and teachings of Hungarian music educator Zoltán Kodály, emphasizing concepts like:

  • Enjoyment as a motivating force in learning
  • The importance of a sequential music curriculum
  • Use of folk song, folk dance, and game literature to teach musical concepts
  • Cultural heritage, music, and musical literacy

Gain hands-on experience during the summer

The annual Colorado Kodály Institute includes applied course sessions taught by some of the most prestigious music pedagogues from around the country. The two-week summer session gives you the opportunity to apply the theory and research you have learned in your online courses to real-world scenarios by practicing teaching techniques with local elementary students. By bringing together students and respected music educators, the program provides you with real-time feedback to bring your skills to the next level.

Not quite ready to pursue your master's?

Enroll in the Kodaly music certification summer program instead.

Requirements and Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements

Applicants must apply and be admitted by both the Graduate School and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance to begin this degree program.

You are required to complete 15 online graduate-level credits in addition to an on-campus summer residency program each summer. During your final semester of coursework, you must successfully complete a written and oral examination before the master's degree is awarded.

2022 Summer Residency

The next Kodaly Institute residency program is scheduled to take place July 15–30, 2022*.

*Note that Level 2 and 3 students will start on July 15, whereas Level 1 students will start on July 16.

Program Curriculum

Through this graduate degree, you will take a variety of courses that cover topics such as pedagogy and folk song literature, folk song analysis and retrieval, conducting, Solfège/musicianship, and choir.

On-campus courses

Online courses

You may be required to take additional coursework as determined by diagnostic examinations and/or your graduate advisor.

The Learning Experience Open Accordion

This graduate degree is delivered online and on campus with a residency requirement of three two-week sessions in Fort Collins, Colorado each summer semester. These on-campus sessions include participation in the annual Colorado Kodály Institute as an exclusive two-week residency each summer.

This program gives you the flexibility to get the degree you want without a strict timeline, but still requires the same amount of work and time as an on-campus program. It is recommended that students allow nine to twelve hours per week for a three-credit course. This will vary depending on your learning and studying style.

Your interaction with the faculty and fellow students depends on the specific course. Online courses do provide you with online office hours and email contact. You also collaborate on projects and exchange ideas with fellow classmates through email and discussion board postings.

Kodály Certification Open Accordion

Learn best-in-class musical concepts for your classroom

Earn a national certification in Kodály music teaching during the summer. Designed for elementary and secondary classroom music teachers, ensemble instructors, and independent music instructors, CSU’s Colorado Kodály Institute offers you a depth of knowledge around teaching, conducting, musicianship, and music education.

The Colorado Kodály Institute (CKI) is one of the select programs endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. CKI faculty are among the top experts in the United States, and the University Center for the Arts location, at the foothills of the Rockies, provides an inspiring setting for personal growth.

Kodály Certification is awarded through Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) when a student has successfully completed all three Levels and can demonstrate expertise in their musicianship, conducting, and Kodály teaching. Upon successfully completing Level 1, students may be promoted to enter Level 2. Upon successfully completing Level 2, students may be promoted to enter Level 3. Promotion is determined on an individual basis by the Institute Faculty and Director according to the standards and guidelines set forth by OAKE.

Summertime means learning time

The majority of participants in this program teach either part- or full-time during the school year, gaining relevant experience while pursuing their certification. As a result, they are continually assimilating real-world teaching experiences into their academic coursework.

  • Earn National Certification in Kodály music teaching
  • Three levels of coursework are required for Certification
  • Endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE)
  • Study with national experts in conducting, choir, pedagogy and solfege

Sample Curriculum

  • Music Pedagogy and Folksong Literature
  • Folksong Analysis, Retrieval and Research
  • Solfège/Musicianship
  • Conducting
  • Choir
  • Special Topics

Eligibility to be considered for this Certification Program:

  • B.M. Music Educaiton degree and State Teacher Licensure
  • One or more years’ experience of classroom music teaching experience
  • Applicants with a B.M. Music degree or other credentials may be considered on a case-by-case basis

Accepted students can take Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 coursework for credit or noncredit

Apply to the Certification Program

Want to go further with your music education? Learn more about CSU's online master's in music education program.

Summer 2022 Program Dates: July 15-30

Note that Level 2 and 3 students will start on July 15, whereas Level 1 students will start on July 16.

Career Opportunities Open Accordion

Equipped with both a Master of Music in Music Education degree and national Kodály teaching certification, graduates of this program have a unique edge in the job market. The skills and knowledge you gain earning these qualifications will help you be a leader in your profession, strengthening an entire school district's music program.

Many graduates go on to share their knowledge with other educators through professional conference presentations, workshops, and publications. Considered an advanced, specialized teacher training, national Kodály teaching certification is a highly sought-after attribute in the profession.

Completion of this unique program can also reveal leadership opportunities throughout regional, state, and national music teaching organizations, such as the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and the National Association for Music Educators.

Hear from Our Students Open Accordion

Hear what students are saying about our music education master's degree program and how online courses and hands-on training received through the summer Colorado Kodály Institute helped them become more effective music educators.

Kodály Music Education Students

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CSU's Online Students

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Why Choose CSU? Open Accordion

As a student in CSU’s online Kodály music education master’s program, you learn from the same faculty who teach in our campus program, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on campus. Additionally, you can expect a program that offers:

  • A Unique Approach to Music Education: Create a music classroom your students don’t want to leave. Learn concepts and skills to help instill an appreciation for music through the incorporation of games, movement, folk arts, and cultural heritage.
  • A Hands-On Learning Experience: The two-week Colorado Kodály Institute summer session brings together students and respected music educators to apply theory and research to real-world scenarios. By practicing teaching techniques with local elementary students, you can measure the effectiveness of newly learned methods.
  • Convenience and Flexibility: Designed to fit a teacher’s schedule, you are able to take online coursework during the school year, and complete on-campus sessions during the summer — allowing you to work full-time while pursuing a master’s in music.
  • The Opportunity to Gain a Competitive Edge: As a graduate who holds a Master of Music and a national Kodály teaching certification, you will possess advanced knowledge of music theory and have a unique skill set, both highly revered in the profession.
  • Instruction from Expert Faculty: In addition to being experienced educators — some with more than 30 years of teaching experience — our faculty are leaders in national professional organizations, and active professional musicians.

Learn more about CSU's rankings and accolades.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester March 1
Spring semester November 1
Summer semester February 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in music from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework
  • Applicants should be state-licensed music teachers. (Exceptions may be made by department on a case-by-case basis.)

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Statement of purpose
    Summarize your long-term professional and educational goals and how graduate studies will contribute to both.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • 5-10 page writing sample
    A narrative essay about a current issue in the music education field.
  • 30-40 minute music teaching video DVD
    DVD should demonstrate your musicianship. Include a typed lesson plan and label the DVD with specific information about what is included in the recording. Audio-only recordings are not accepted.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Music MM/Music Education - Distance" when choosing the program of study.

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or gradadmissions@colostate.edu if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

All applicants who are citizens of countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from the U.S. must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

Questions?

We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

Alex Broz
Kodály Music Education
Student Success Coach
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Program Details

Courses
Online and on campus
Credits
30
Tuition
$596.74 per credit
Degree Awarded
Master of Music in Music; transcript reflects the music education specialization and national Kodály teaching certification
Time Frame
Can be completed in 2 ½ years

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
March 1
Spring semester
November 1
Summer semester
February 1

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