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Kodály Summer Institute 2020

Music Education

The NYU Steinhardt Kodály Summer Institute is open to students as a noncredit summer course. Students may also take the course for 3 graduate credits. Students who enroll in the summer master's degree program may take all three levels of the NYU Steinhardt Kodály Summer Institute toward fulfillment of degree requirements, ending with both a master's degree in Music Education and Kodály certification.

The Kodály Summer Institute is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Program Dates

June 29 – July 17, 2020

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1,870 (Tuition)
$1,347 (On-Campus Housing and Required Meal Plan)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

Intended For

Post-College and Graduate Students
Continuing Professionals

The Kodály Summer Institute serves both graduate musicians-educators and those who have worked in the field—all who would like to enrich their skills in creating curriculum and delivering pedagogy in a Kodály-inspired music classroom. Participants experience and collect traditional (folk) materials that can be sequenced with the intention of leading their young music makers toward the goals of music literacy and musical understanding. Course work includes:

  • Levels 1, 2, and 3; one level each for three summers
  • Noncredit or 3 graduate credits available for each level
  • Preschool through secondary school methodology
  • Ear training using movable tonic solfege
  • Vocal skills for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Choral ensemble
  • Choral conducting
  • Materials and skills for starting a chorus at elementary and middle school levels
  • Traditional (folk) materials and research
  • Movement through singing games
  • Extending Kodály to the recorder

Audition Requirements

Kodály Summer Institute does not have any audition requirements, however, there are program-specific questions that you will need to complete within the online application.

Kodály and Music Education

Following his folk-song collecting with Béla Bartók in Hungary in the early 1900s, Zoltán Kodály had a vision—a monumental idea that music, like language, could be taught artistically using the authentic traditional (folk) materials of any given culture.

Course Descriptions

New York University remains the only campus in metropolitan New York offering Kodály certification on a noncredit and graduate credit basis.

Weekend and Evening Activities

New York City offers an exciting field to observe living traditional (folk) music and culture. Kodály students are invited to attend evening and weekend activities that explore various cultural scenes. Past field trips have included visits to an Irish pub to listen to a seisiún and to Brighton Beach to sample the Russian American experience—activities that situate traditional (folk) studies among living New Yorkers of the twenty-first century.

  • Two evening workshops in making materials for the Kodály-inspired classroom: Poppo Shoppe, a workshop to build a puppet in a cone to be used for audiation (inner hearing) with young students; Feltboard Workshop, a workshop to build a feltboard, used to teach music literacy to students.
  • The Annual Lecture Based on Kodály-Inspired Curriculum and Pedagogy.
  • Kodály Cafe–Lunchtime video reviews of Kodály-inspired lessons.
  • An afternoon in Chinatown to have dim sum.
  • Picnic in Washington Square Park.
  • Dinner in the Meat Packing District, a walk on the Highline, and a trip to the new Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • An evening at an Irish pub to enjoy an Irish seisiún.
  • Closing Concert and Banquet.

Summer 2020

The 2020 summer programs application is open. Start your application today!

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Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

Housing Information

All you need to know about NYU summer program housing including rates, meal plans, services, and check-in/out.

International Student Information

An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.

Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

Academic Content 
Dr. Jerry Kerlin
Kodály Summer Institute, Director
212 998 5774