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Kodály Summer Institute 2020

Music Education

The Kodály Summer Institute will be conducted remotely for Summer 2020.

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

June 5, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1,403 (Reduced Tuition)
$5,262 (Graduate Credit Tuition, 3-Credit Course for 2020)
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

Special One-Week Course

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

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 will cover many different genres and style periods of traditional and Western classical music.

(This course is included in the three-week Kodály Summer Institute.)

Dates: Monday through Friday, July 13–17, 2020; 8:30–10:30 a.m. daily.
Tuition: $250
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 5, 2020

REGISTER for the one-week course.

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 2020 Faculty

Jerry Kerlin

Music Adjunct Faculty

Anna (Panni) Kovács

Summer Adjunct Faculty

László Norbert Nemes

Kodály Summer Faculty

Giocille Shaw

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 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. Elise Sobol
Music Education Program, Director
212 998 5778

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