Kodály Music Education

Master in Education in Kodály Music Education

The American Kodály Institute (AKI) at Loyola offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Kodály Music Education and is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. The 36-credit program is designed as a multi-summer cohort style program offered in four successive summer terms.

Unique in its music and education course offerings, Loyola's M.Ed. in Kodály Music Education provides music educators with comprehensive musicianship and pedagogical training that produces musicians and pedagogues of the highest caliber. The Kodály philosophy is singing-based, and enables students to develop the musical skills to understand what they hear and apply that understanding to reading, writing, improvisation, composition, and overall musical artistry.

In addition to completing their Kodály certification coursework, students study the intricacies of vocal pedagogy and science, develop methods for teaching children with special needs, and practice folk instrument accompaniment. Graduate students that teach at the middle and high school can specialize their studies in the secondary choral studies courses. 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 American Kodály Institute (AKI) at Loyola is one of a handful of institutions worldwide that goes beyond Kodály certification and offers a Master of Education in Kodály Music Education. 

Program Format

Kodály courses run for three weeks each July. Students generally complete their four levels during four consecutive summers. Each level includes four three-week courses, with nine credits at each level for a total of 36 credits. The first three summers consist of Kodály certification Level I, II, and III courses. The fourth summer, or Level IV, consists of the following three core education courses: Foundations of Educational Research, Teaching Students with Special Needs, and Advanced Studies in Music Education. These courses are designed to broaden the student's knowledge of research and trends in the field of education.

Students receive their Kodály certification following the successful completion of Level III and the final thesis project. Students receive their master's degree following successful completion of Level IV.

The Kodály master's degree program requires 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.

Program Benefits

  • Cohort-based
  • Summer terms
  • Outstanding music facilities
  • Distinguished faculty of world-class master teachers
  • Training and demonstrations with the American Kodály Institute Demonstration Singers (AKIDS)
  • 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
  • Exceeds OAKE Kodály teacher-training guidelines