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Kodály Summer Institute 2023

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 (different application process. Email for more info). 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 (contact Dr. Jason Thompson, Director of Music Education,

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

Program Dates

July 3 – July 21, 2023

  • Required Student Orientation: Sunday, July 2, 2023. 
  • First day of classes: Monday, July 3, 2023. Weekday classes: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m
  • Holiday: Tuesday, July 4, 2023, The Fourth of July. No classes.
  • Students should plan to stay through the NYU Kodály 2023 Concert and Banquet, July 21, 3:00–5:30 p.m., Banquet: 6:00–9:00 p.m..
  • Three Levels (1, 2, and 3). One Level for each of three summers (hopefully consecutive).

Application Deadline

April 11, 2023
Rolling admissions for commuting students (no housing) from April 12 to the opening day of the program, Monday, July 3, 2023.

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1,873 (Non-Credit Workshop Tuition)
$6,200 Estimated Graduate Tuition (3 Graduate Credits) for Each Level.
$1,821 (On-Campus Housing $1,266, Required Meal Plan $555)

Scholarships Competition for Members of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (see

Intended For

Post-College and Graduate Students
Undergraduate Seniors in Music Education with Permission of Their Advisers
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

The 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, Founder and Director (
Dr. Jason Thompson, Music Education Program Director (

Kodály Summer Institute 2023 Faculty

Jerry Kerlin

Music Adjunct Faculty

Anna (Panni) Kovács

Summer Adjunct Faculty

Albert Tay

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 2023 Application


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Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, cancellation/refund policy, 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

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