Our focus on pedagogy is what makes HNU’s graduate music program unique. While other programs are performance based, ours is dedicated to preparing students to teach. We offer the rare opportunity to refine your musicianship and build your pedagogical skills under the close guidance of internationally recognized faculty.
- Students follow an individually tailored course of study, and perform and learn in a collaborative, noncompetitive environment. The core curriculum of all graduate music degrees focuses on musicianship, conducting, and music literature.
- Through a supervised two-semester practicum, students gain teaching experience under the direction of master teachers.
- Most music courses take place during weekdays, though some performances occur in the evenings or on weekends.
- Our faculty members are renowned performers and teachers who are dedicated to working closely with students. The faculty often includes guest teachers from the Liszt Academy in Hungary.
- Holy Names University is internationally respected as one of the most prominent Kodály music training institutions in North America. The Kodály method is gaining worldwide attention as a uniquely effective approach to teaching music.
- HNU’s J.D. Kennedy Arts Center houses the American Folk Song Collection, which has been recognized as an archive by the Library of Congress. Organized by pedagogical content, the collection is a valuable resource for Kodály teachers.
- If pursuing a master’s degree in piano pedagogy, you can select one of two tracks. The first teaches pedagogical strategies using a traditional approach, and the second emphasizes the Suzuki method, which incorporates early training, listening, repetition, and encouragement.
- The San Francisco Bay Area offers a wealth of performance opportunities.