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"To be surrounded by musical excellence, challenged and encouraged on all sides, and inspired by brilliant professors— this is the experience here.  It is a place where heart and soul are given most importance and true music is valued over methodology and technique.  I didn’t want it to end…. "
Sarah Pickens, KSC ’05
Sarah Pickens

Kodály Specialist Certificate

Holy Names University offers a non-degree, post-baccalaureate course of study leading to a Kodály Specialist Certificate during the academic year for music teachers, choral conductors, church musicians, and performers. Students participate in the regular Kodály academic year program, gaining a fundamental grasp of the Kodály concept of music education through the core Kodály curriculum of solfège, choral conducting, choir, pedagogy, folk music and practicum. Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree in music or in a related field, and a high level of musical competency, teaching ability and professionalism demonstrable through departmental entrance examinations. All candidates are strongly encouraged to begin their studies with the annual Kodály Summer Institute.

Certificate Requirements (20 units)
  • MUSC 243 A, B Folk Music (2,2)
  • MUSC 244 A, B Solfège & Musicianship (2,2)
  • MUSC 247 A, B Kodály Pedagogy (2,2)
  • MUSC 281 A, B Choral Conducting (2)
  • MUSC 296 A, B Practicum (3,3)

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Program Costs***

Typical program costs (20 units) include:

  • $17,360, Tuition & Fees
  • $1,656, Books & Supplies
  • $19,016, Total

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* The positions listed here are ones identified by the University as positions for which a program completer would be educationally qualified. This list will be updated as necessary and appropriate.
**The Placement Rate is based on internal data available for students graduating between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 who have obtained employment within their field or a related field within 180 days of receiving the certificate. To determine the rate:

  • Numerator1: the number of students who, within 180 days of the day they received their degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential [in a given award year], obtained gainful employment in the recognized occupation for which they were trained or in a related comparable recognized occupation and, on the date of this calculation, are employed, or have been employed, for at least 13 weeks following receipt of the credential from the institution.
  • Denominator: the number of students who, during the award year, received the degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential awarded for successfully completing the program.

Certain graduates are excluded from cohort such as those who are continuing their education and those that have waived employment assistance due to extenuating circumstances such as a medical condition or a decision to work in an unrelated field.
*** Tuition and fees for this program are based on pricing for 2012 – 2013. Pricing is subject to change. Please contact an enrollment counselor or student financial assistance counselor for more information.


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