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Kodály Registration and Course Information

Kodály Certification / M.M. Program

By renowned Kodály Specialists
Dr. Micheal Houlahan and Dr. Philip Tacka
  and Ms. Gabriela Montorya-Stier

 

Registration - Workshop Participants and M.M. Graduate Students

Program Online Registration

 

Admission
Entering students must hold a Baccalaureate degree, preferably a BM, BMed, BMA, BS, or BA. Upon approval, students may be enrolled in upper-level courses in an undergraduate degree program. Other degrees and professional experience will be reviewed on an individual basis. Participants may enroll as a workshop participant or a graduate student.

Graduate Credit (optional)
Qualified students may apply for 6 hours of graduate credit from TxState.
Summer Tuition (in state): approx. $1,600 (6 hours)
Summer Tuition (non-Texas resident): approx. $3,100 (but out-of-state tution waivers may be available!)

 

Fees and Books (required)
Workshop Fee: $350.00
(includes a $50 non-refundable deposit)
Books: approx. $200 - $250 (first year)
approx. $150 (second year)
approx. $100 (third year)
Housing, meals, and graduate credit are available through TxState.

Course Descriptions

Level I courses Level II courses Level III courses
MU 5141
Kodály Level I - Conducting.

Advanced conducting techniques emphasizing patterns and communication of the character of music. Emphasis on conducting folk songs and classical canons.
MU 5145
Kodály Level II - Conducting.

Advanced conducting techniques emphasizing patterns and communication of the character of music. Emphasis on independence of the left and right hands to communicate tempo, dynamics, cues, and character.
MU 5149
Kodály Level III - Conducting.

Advanced conducting laboratory with application to 2-, 3-, and 4-part choral works.
MU 5143
Kodály Level I - Materials.
Examination of song literature appropriate for children with emphasis on folk literature.
MU 5147
Kodály Level II - Materials.

Examination of song literature appropriate for children with emphasis on folk literature. Students will also explore suitable instrumental literature through performance on the recorder.
MU 5151
Kodály Level III - Research and Retrieval.

Research of international folk music as applied to philosophy as applied to Kodály music education program.
MU 5240
Kodály Level I - Musicianship and Sol-fa.

Development of sight-singing and aural skills associated with advanced musicianship.
MU 5244
Kodály Level II - Musicianship and Sol-fa.

Development of sight-singing and aural skills associated with advanced musicianship. Emphasis on analysis of melodic content: intervals, range, and scales.
MU 5248
Kodály Level III - Musicianship and Sol-fa.

Development of sight singing and aural skills associated with advanced musicianship. Emphasis on advanced studies in rhythm, counterpoint, and harmony.

MU 5242
Kodály Level I - Pedagogy.

The teaching of music utilizing an American adaptation of the Kodály approach to music education as applied to kindergarten and first graders.

MU 5246
Kodály Level II - Pedagogy.

The teaching of music utilizing an American adaptation of the Kodály approach to music education as applied to second and third grade children.

MU 5250
Kodály Level III - Pedagogy.

The teaching of music utilizing an American adaptation of the Kodály approach to music education as applied to upper elementary, junior high, and high school.


Musicianship / Solfege includes ear training, sight reading, dictation, transposition, analysis, and improvisation. Materials used range from folk songs to master works.

Pedagogy includes Kodaly philosophy and its application to the classroom, and techniques for reinforcing and assessing new learning. Pedagogy focuses on adapting Kodaly's ideas to our American musical heritage.

Folk Materials focuses on materials used in the pedagogy classes, ranging from the simplest playground songs to art, music and part songs of many periods and styles.

Choral Conducting includes the preparation and memorization of scores, demonstration and practice of choral conducting, and rehearsal techniques which are useful in the elementary, junior high, and high school classroom.

Choir includes the study and performance of choral composition of all historical periods and styles in the Western art music tradition.

Recorder Ensemble I & II

Teaching and Conducting Labs


Instructors

Dr. Philip Tacka

Dr. Micheal Houlahan

Gabriela Montoya-Stier


Dr. Houlahan and Dr. Tacka have co-authored seven books addressing musical literacy and Kodály studies as well as numerous articles. Their most recent publications include From Sound to Symbol (Oxford University Press, 2008) as well as Kodály Today: A Cognitive Approach to Music Education (Oxford University Press, 2015). Previous publications include Sound Thinking: Music for Sightsinging and Ear Training, Vols. I and II and Developing Musical Literacy, Vols. I and II (Boosey and Hawkes) and Zoltan Kodály: A Guide to Research (Garland Publishing). They have written numerous articles including the Kodály entry in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Both have presented papers on topics including Kodály studies, music theory, pedagogy, music psychology, music history and early childhood music education throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Houlahan and Dr. Tacka received extensive Kodály training in both Hungary and the United States. Dr. Houlahan is currently the Chair of Music at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Dr. Tacka is a professor of music education at the same university. Both work with several large public school systems in Texas, Pennsylvania and the greater Washington D.C. area. Their university affiliations include Belmont University, Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, New York University, and Texas State University.

Gabriela Montoya-Stier is an elementary music teacher at Los Reyes Elementary with the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of New Mexico and her Master’s in Music Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she completed Kodály levels I, II, and III with Dr. Jean Sinor and Dr. Alan Strong. She completed her Orff certification levels I, II, and III from Trinity University with Chris Judah-Lauder, Julie Scott, Susan Ramsey, and Robert De Frece. She has presented workshop sessions across Texas and at TMEA and OAKE conferences. She is the author of El Patio de mi Casa: 42 Traditional Rhymes, Chants, and Folk Songs from Mexico.