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
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)
Fees and Books (required)
|Level I courses||Level II courses||Level III courses|
Kodály Level I - Conducting.
Advanced conducting techniques emphasizing patterns and communication of the character of music. Emphasis on conducting folk songs and classical canons.
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.
Kodály Level III - Conducting.
Advanced conducting laboratory with application to 2-, 3-, and 4-part choral works.
Kodály Level I - Materials. Examination of song literature appropriate for children with emphasis on folk literature.
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.
Kodály Level III - Research and Retrieval.
Research of international folk music as applied to philosophy as applied to Kodály music education program.
Kodály Level I - Musicianship and Sol-fa.
Development of sight-singing and aural skills associated with advanced musicianship.
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.
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.
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
Dr. Philip Tacka
Dr. Micheal Houlahan
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.