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Kodály Summer Institute 2021

Music Education

We are planning to run this program in-person for summer 2022; however, we must remain flexible in our response to COVID-19 developments. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our primary concerns, so remote workshops may be a necessary alternative. This page will be updated as soon as guidance from NYU central is available.

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 28 – July 16, 2021
Student Orientation, Sunday, June 27, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Application Deadline

May 28, 2021

Rolling registration available until the program start or until full.

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1,403 (Reduced Tuition)
TBD (Graduate Credit Tuition in 2020: $5,262, 3-Credit Course)
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
László Nemes leading a class

Special one-week offering 
(July 12-16, 8:30-10:30am)

Kodály Musicianship Workshop
with Dr. László Nemes
Director, Kodály Institute 
of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary

Registrants have the chance to participate in specific and individual classes of the total Kodaly Summer Institute instead of the full course via these special workshop offerings.

One of Kodály’s composition students, Pál Kadosa, who was one of the most remarkable piano professors of the Liszt Academy of Music in the second half of the last century, once mentioned how Kodály lacked any methodical approach to teaching: “Someone once asked Kodály what was his preferred method of teaching? Kodály answered: ‘my method is that I do not have a method.’ ‘This was typical of Kodály,’ said Kadosa. ‘Music and the student was always his point of departure.’” 

This interactive and practice-based seminar aims at investigating how current music educational practices, generally associated with the term "Kodály method”, correspond with Kodály’s original ideas as expressed in his various speeches, writings and interviews collected in the three-volume book In Retrospect, edited by the late Ferenc Bónis. 

Active participation is expected from each attendee. The music material of the seminar, included in the lectures, will cover many different genres and style periods of traditional and Western classical music. Students completing the Workshop will be given a Certificate of Attendance.


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.

For Kodaly graduate credit-bearing application instructions, write to Josh Bailey.

Institute Director

Dr. Jerry Kerlin,

Kodály Summer Institute 2021 Faculty

Jerry Kerlin

Music Adjunct Faculty

Susan Glass

Music Adjunct Faculty

Anna (Panni) Kovács

Summer Adjunct Faculty

László Norbert Nemes

Kodály Summer Faculty

Heather Waters

Kodály Summer Faculty

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.

Summer 2021 Application

The 2021 summer programs application is open. Start your application today!


Costs and Fees

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

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Cancellations and Refund Policy

Updated for 2021 in response to COVID-19 and NYU’s move to remote learning.

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Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

Academic Content 

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

Dr. Jason Thompson
Music Education Program, Director
212 998 5778