Master of Education in Kodály Music Education

The American Kodály Institute

A Master of Education in Kodály Music Education student and teacher sitting at a piano

The American Kodály institute at Loyola University Maryland provides music educators an opportunity to earn a Master of Education in Kodály Music Education. Founded in 2000 by Amy Branum Huggins, this teacher training organization offers a post-baccalaureate degree with Kodály certification or a four-summer master’s degree program for music educators, leading to Kodály certification and an advanced degree.

Summer 2022 Program Dates:

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: July 11 - 22, 2022

Master's Degree and Certificate: July 11 - 29, 2022

NEW! Scholarship Opportunities for applicants

What is Kodály Music Education?

Kodály-inspired teaching is a sequential philosophy that promotes active music making, musicality, literacy, and expression while fostering communal strength and cultural understanding. The American Kodály institute's program emphasizes materials, methods, and sequencing appropriate for students in American schools and is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. It includes training in vocal development and pedagogy, movement, application of current research into how children learn music, and basic accompaniment skills on Appalachian dulcimer, guitar, and ukulele.

Learn more about The American Kodály Institute and its mission.

Virtual Information Session

Join us for a virtual information session to learn about our Kodály Music Education program offerings, the admission process, and scholarship opportunities. Our Kodály faculty and admission team will be available to answer your questions. Attendance at the session will automatically waive your $60 application fee when you apply! Please register below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 5 p.m., EST

Free Virtual Kodály Workshop

Join the Kodály Music Education for a virtual mini workshop to network and receive fabulous teaching ideas from faculty members and world class guest presenters.

Workshop Theme: Heart Songs: Joy in Music Making

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. EST.

Register for Free Kodály Workshop

Kodály Music Education Program Offerings

The American Kodály Institute at Loyola University Maryland provides an engaging and nurturing environment that allows music educators to thrive and reach their peak potential. Graduate students master 21st century applications of the Kodály philosophy and Music Learning Theory. This program applies the latest music education research with the goal of music literacy for all. AKI faculty are master teachers with current classroom experience teaching musicians from birth through adulthood, inspiring our students to become artists, pedagogues, and scholars of the highest caliber. The summer intensive courses require a full schedule of classes during the day in addition to several hours of practice and homework in the evening and on the weekends. It is essential that students clear their schedules of other activities while participating in the summer institute.    

Master of Education in Kodály Music Education

The 36-credit master's degree is designed as a four-summer cohort style program, with courses in session for three weeks each July. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree and a strong background in music.  

Program Benefits

  • Cohort-based
  • Summer terms
  • Outstanding music facilities
  • Customized instruction and individual attention
  • Instruction in accompaniment skills on folk instruments
  • Training in vocal development, musicianship, and pedagogy
  • Application of the latest music education research
  • Emphasis on practical materials, methods, and sequencing

Learn more about the M.Ed. in Kodály Music Education program

Kodály Certificate Program

The 12-credit post-baccalaureate Kodály certificate program is designed as a multi-summer cohort style program, with courses in session for two weeks each July. This program is recommended for individuals with a bachelor’s degree, or those pursuing a master’s equivalency, or the master’s +30 or master's +60 options.  

Program Benefits
  • For anyone with a bachelor’s degree and background in music
  • Cohort-based
  • 2-week summer sessions
  • Outstanding music facilities
  • Distinguished faculty of world-class master teachers
  • Customized instruction and individual attention
  • Training in conducting, musicianship, and pedagogy
  • Application of the latest music education research
  • Emphasis on practical materials, methods, and sequencing

Learn more about the Kodály Certificate Program

Program Information

Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines

The M.Ed. and Certificate programs are offered during the summer semester.

M.Ed. Application Deadlines:

  • Scholarship Deadline – April 15
  • Priority Deadline – May 15
  • International Deadline – March 15

Certificate Application Deadline:

  • Priority Deadline – June 1

Learn about the required application materials

Learning Aims and Course Levels

Kodaly Learning Aims

The successful student at the American Kodály Institute will demonstrate proficiency in the following knowledge and skills:

  • Planning for instruction and skillfully implementing Kodály-inspired general music and/or choral curriculum.   
  • Researching, selecting, analyzing, categorizing, indexing, and organizing into a retrieval system repertoire to support musical understanding, literacy, and a Kodály-inspired curriculum.
  • Playing stringed instruments to accompany singing in music classrooms and performances.
  • Conducting choral ensembles with musically and expressively effective conducting gestures.
  • Improving personal musicianship skills, including sight singing, ear training, and harmonic analysis, on an advanced level.
  • Advocating for music education that includes singing, music literacy, musical materials of the highest caliber, preservation of musical heritage, and joyful music making.

Course Levels

There are three levels of courses that are required to earn a Kodály certificate endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Learn more about each course level, required topics, and areas of study

Merit Scholarships and Fellowships

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to students based on prior academic excellence. All new applicants are considered for Merit-based scholarships. A separate application is not required. Submit completed program application and all supplemental documents to the Office of Graduate Admission by the application deadline to be considered. 

Learn more about scholarship opportunities

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid administers several types of financial assistance for graduate students.

Learn about financial aid opportunities for graduate students


Students who live more than 30 minutes from Loyola are strongly advised to stay in residence hall housing during the Kodály program.  Kodály program students who request on campus housing will stay in Campion Tower or McAuley Hall in two-bedroom apartment suites.

Learn more about housing during the Kodály program

Textbooks and Materials

Most textbooks for AKI courses may be purchased from an online book shop or music shop before classes begin for a head start on reading and assignments.

The book list is emailed to students on June 1.

For Kodály certification students, the largest investment in books and materials occurs at Level I. The same books are used again in Levels II and III, with a few additions. All required books are essential items for the Kodály teacher's library. In some cases, the same textbook is required for more than one course on the same level (in that case, you only need to purchase one copy).

Basic Supplies for all Students:

  • Laptop Computer
  • Staff paper
  • Rolling cart or rolling backpack (a regular backpack is not recommended)
  • Water bottle
  • A-440 tuning fork

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of background do I need to apply? I do not have a bachelor's degree in music, can I still apply?

We recommend our students have a strong background in music, including the ability to read western music notation. While highly recommended, no students are required to have a bachelor's degree in music.

What can I do with a Kodály certificate?

Many of our graduates continue to teach music in schools, private studios, or community and professional choirs. OAKE endorsed Kodály certificate holders are eligible to teach in other Kodály training programs.

I completed a Kodály level in another program. Will it transfer into the master's program? Will it transfer into the certificate program?

If you successfully completed one or more Kodály levels in another OAKE endorsed certificate program, those courses will transfer into the certificate only program. If you successfully completed Kodály level(s) for master's credit at another program, a transfer of credits is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Who are typical students at AKI? Am I good fit for this program?

Most AKI students are music educators in elementary schools and private schools or churches. They are collegial, creative, and dedicated to their professions. Many frequently go on to publish music and articles, become leaders and artistic directors, and present at state and national conferences. AKI is the place to follow your passion and find your path.

How long is the program?

The master’s degree program takes four summers to complete. The degree must be completed within 5 years of the start date. The certificate program takes three summers to complete.

How is the program structured?

The master’s students are on campus three weeks each July for face-to-face classes and takes four summers to complete. All students rehearse in choir together and share a common lunch time. Students enrolled in the certificate program will be on campus for two weeks each July, for three summers total. Students in the certificate program have the option of applying to the master’s degree program after the first summer should they wish.

Do I have to do all four levels to complete the master’s?

To complete the Master of Education in Kodály Music Education degree and earn a Kodály certificate, students will take 9 graduate credits for 4 summers, totaling 36 credits. The degree must be completed within 5 years of the start date.

Are there any courses offered online?

All courses are held in person and meet on campus in July.

What type of funding is available?

Merit-based scholarships are available to first-year students in the master’s degree program.

10 AKI Quick Facts

  1. AKI is a face-to-face, summers only program.
  2. AKI has flexible program options - chose between a Kodály certificate for 12 credits or a master's + certificate for 36 credits.
  3. The program is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.
  4. All faculty teach in 21st century classrooms.
  5. Classes are experiential and active.
  6. AKI assignments have practical applications in the classroom.
  7. Cohorts are collegial and professional.
  8. Graduates are leaders and award winners in their professions.
  9. Scholarships are available for first-year graduate students.
  10. Cura personalis, or care for the whole person, is our motto.

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