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Kodály Music Education Master of Music (M.M.) – Music Education Specialization

Kodály Certification

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.

The next Kodaly Summer Institute will take place July 15-29, 2023.