Exceptional musicians - Exceptional teachers
Our focus on pedagogy is what makes HNU’s master of music programs unique.
While other programs are performance based, ours is dedicated to preparing students as both outstanding musicians and teachers. We offer the rare opportunity to refine your musicianship and build your pedagogical skills under the close guidance of internationally recognized faculty.
Music Education with Kodály Emphasis
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Master of Music Faculty
The Curriculum - a balance of practice and pedagogy.
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.
The San Francisco Bay Area offers a wealth of performance opportunities for graduate students, alumni and faculty.
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Our faculty 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 and include other renowned international and local faculty.
Music Education with Kodály Emphasis
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. Our graduates are in high demand as teachers, choral directors and researchers, both locally and abroad.
The HNU Kodály 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.
The Kodály Summer Institute is the entry point to the Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis).
The annual Kodály Summer Institute is also endorsed by OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators).
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 annual Suzuki Piano Summer Institute is held in July each year.
The Master of Music (Vocal Pedagogy) is the only one of its kind on the US West Coast.
Receive voice lessons and conduct supervised practium to develop both your performance and teaching skills.
Fellowships and Scholarships
The Logan Scholarship - a commitment to public school education.
- Music education students will be eligible for a minimum scholarship award of 25% each semester.
- Vocal or piano pedagogy students who intend to teach in a public school setting may be eligible for a minimum scholarship award of 25% each semester
Kodály Fellowships - supporting the training of exceptional music teachers in the Kodály philosophy.
Through generous funding by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, fellowships are available to eligible full- and part-time students of the following academic year programs.
- Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis)
- Kodály Specialist Certificate