Exceptional Musicians, Exceptional Teachers
Holy Names University enjoys an international reputation as one of the major centers in North America for Kodály music training.
As the first institution of higher learning to grant an advanced degree in music education with Kodály emphasis, Holy Names University has maintained an internationally renowned faculty in its program for over thirty years.
Students come from throughout the Americas and the Pacific Rim to study with Hungarian master teachers and distinguished American and international faculty to develop their own musicianship while learning how to teach.
An integrated, rigorous and practical curriculum, a supportive atmosphere, and a high standard of excellence are hallmarks of the program.
Music for All, Music for Life - Holistic Musicianship
The Kodály philosophy of music education is based on a vision of the place of music in the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development of every one. Incorporating ideas from many different cultures, it places singing at the foundation of and springboard for exceptional musical development.
Inspired by Hungarian composer and educator Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967), the approach places an emphasis on teacher skill together with the use of quality materials and carefully sequenced holistic musicianship activities.
Authentic folk songs and masterpieces of classical music form the basis of the curriculum, in accordance with Kodály's belief that, for a child's education, "only the best is good enough."
Kodály music education is known for its emphasis on active music-making and the development of music literacy which, together, serve as a basis for all types of music study including the study of instruments. Kodály music education programs can underpin strong choral programs - a natural flowering of a singing-based curriculum.
Holy Names University offers 3 pathways for post baccalaureate study in the Kodály philosophy: Kodály Summer Certificate; Kodály Specialist Certificate; Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis)
Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis)
The course of study for the master's degree begins with the Kodály Summer Institute and continues sequentially through the academic year. The degree can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
See the 1-3 year schedule.
Lecture times for the academic year, 2017 - 2018.
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The curriculum is designed for music teachers, choral conductors, church musicians, and performers who seek an advanced degree emphasizing the Kodály approach to music education.
The curriculum features core courses in pedagogy, solfège and musicianship, choral conducting, folk music, children's vocal pedagogy, and choral singing.
Supervised student teaching placements are provided in surrounding Oakland public schools.
Part-time choral conducting and teaching internships are often available for experienced students.
Teacher credentialing is also available at HNU.
Scholarships and Fellowships
Academic Year Programs:
Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis) and Kodály Specialist Certificate
New students intending to teach in public schools are eligible for the new Logan Scholarship
, now offering a minimum 25% discount on the academic year music programs at HNU.
Through generous funding by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Kodály Endowment fund enables the Kodály Center for Music Education to award fellowships to qualified students for academic year programs. Download the Kodály Fellowship Application.
The American Folksong Collection
The renowned American Folksong Collection is housed at the Kodály Resource Center, Holy Names University and has been declared an archive by the Library of Congress.
This special collection, representing major and minor regional and ethnic groups in the United States, is uniquely organized according to pedagogical content and has proved invaluable to teachers who come to select songs for teaching musical skills through singing. This collection is used extensively during study towards the master's degree.
From this collection, an online resource was established via the leadership of Professor Emerita, Anne Laskey. Now, with over 500 folksongs, the free online collection is a popular resource world-wide.
This collection is used extensively during study towards the master's degree.
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