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Kodály Registration and Course Information

Instruction by renowned Kodály Specialists
Dr. Micheal Houlahan and Dr. Philip Tacka
  Ms. Gaby Montoya and Dr. Daniel Arredondo

 

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 TXST.
Summer Tuition (in state): approx. $2,600 (6 hours)
Summer Tuition (non-Texas resident): approx. $5,100 (but out-of-state tuition waivers may be available!)

 

Fees and Books (required)
Workshop Fee: $500
(includes a $100 non-refundable deposit)
Books: approx. $275 (first year)
approx. $90 (second year)
approx. $90 (third year)
Housing, meals, and graduate credit are available through TXST.

Course Descriptions

Level I courses

Level II courses

Level III courses

MU 5141
Kodály 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 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 III Conducting

Advanced conducting laboratory with application to 2-, 3-, and 4-part choral works.

MU 5143
Kodály I Materials
Examination of song literature appropriate for children with emphasis on folk literature.

MU 5147
Kodály 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 III Research

Research of international folk music as applied to philosophy as applied to Kodály music education program.

MU 5240
Kodály I Musicianship & Sol-fa

Development of sight-singing and aural skills associated with advanced musicianship.

MU 5244
Kodály II Musicianship & 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 III Musicianship & 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 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 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 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

Gaby Montoya

Dr. Daniel Arredondo


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.

Gaby Montoya 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. 

Dr. Arredondo  attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University and earned his undergraduate degree in music education with a minor in dance. He holds a master's degree in choral conducting from Texas State University and also completed his doctor of musical art in choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, he served as the director of the official show choir, The Longhorn Singers. Expanding his education in a global respect, he traveled to Hungary in the summer of 2011 to study at the Kodály Institute in Kecscemét. During summer session, he teaches choral pedagogy, choral literature, and conducting at the Kodály Certification Program at Texas State University. As an adjudicator, Dr. Arredondo serves as a TMAA member for UIL contests around the state. He has presented, consulted, and been a clinician at the regional, state, and international levels for music conferences and various school districts. Currently, he serves as director of music and worship arts at the Metropolitan Community Church of Austin and does professional development and mentoring for music for music educators in Dallas ISD.