Kodály Concentration

Graduate music students perform and sing during a Kodaly class final concert July 19, 2013 in the foyer of Brady Educational Center.

The Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Kodály music education features a broad range of theoretical courses balanced by requirements that apply to the general music teacher's work with students of all ages using the Kodály approach. This developmentally sequential, active music-making approach emphasizes singing, artistry, literacy, authentic music materials, reflective practice, and inquiry-based learning within a prepare-present-practice-assess instructional model for teaching musical concepts and skills. Pedagogic tools include moveable-do tonic solfa, Curwen/Glover handsigns, and rhythm syllables.

In this program students will

  • Sharpen performance skills necessary for achieving artistic ensemble and solo performance.
  • Gain insights into historical and contemporary art music and folk music literature and performance style through analytical study, classification and performance.
  • Improve musical competency and conducting skills.
  • Broaden understanding of music history, theory, and literature.
  • Gain pedagogical insights into developmentally appropriate, sequential music instruction using a spiral curriculum with children of all ages and ability levels.
  • Discover new applications for existing expertise.
  • Experience, explore, and create strategies for developing successful preparation, presentation, practice, and assessment experiences.
  • Articulate ways in which Kodály-inspired music teaching serves the common goals of the music education profession.

Kodály Concentration Requirements

Required music education core courses (16 credits)

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship & Research Methods in Music, 3 cr.
GMUS 601 Teaching and learning, 3 cr.
GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education, 3 cr.
GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 612 Topics in Music History, Literature, and Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 890 M.A. Final Project, 1 cr.

Required Kodály concentration courses (15 credits)

GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 731 Orff Schulwerk Level I, 3 cr.
GMUS 741 Kodály Level I, 3 cr.
GMUS 742 Kodály Level II, 3 cr.
GMUS 743 Kodály Level III, 3 cr.

Kodály elective courses (minimum of 2 credits) 

GMUS 517 Developing the Child Voice in the Classroom, 2 cr.
GMUS 518 Teaching Choral Music to Young Singers, 2 cr.
GMUS 523 Teaching Adolescent Voices in a Choral Setting, 3 cr.
GMUS 527 Vocal Jazz, 2 cr.
GMUS 530 IPA/English/French Diction for Singers, 1 cr.
GMUS 531 IPA/Italian/German Diction for Singers, 1 cr.
GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education, credits vary (advisor approval required)
GMUS 570-592 Performance Studies, 1 cr. each
GMUS 671 African Music Ensemble, 2 cr.
GMUS 676 Voice Fundamentals, 2 cr.
GMUS 727 Advanced Choral Conducting, 2 cr.
Other courses considered for elective credit (advisor approval required)

Non-course requirements

Music Diagnostic Exams
Oral Comprehensive Exam