This program will next be offered in summer 2023.
The NYU Kodály Summer Institute in Hungary is being designed as an elective experience for the same population as the three-week program held on the Washington Square campus—undergraduate seniors and graduate-level musicians-educators wishing to expand their pedagogical experience and repertory to include the work of Zoltán Kodály. This virtual study experience will help each participant place Kodály practice in its social context—among living Hungarians and master music teachers, teaching remotely from locations where the methodology was initiated and grew. Ideally, musicians-educators seeking the Hungarian experience should have completed at least one level of a Kodály training program. However, introduction to the Kodály philosophy in its place of origin would be workable in the Week 1 option. During the odd-year summers since 2011, the NYU Kodály Summer Institute, following its usual three-week program, has offered this elective travel to Kecskemét, Hungary, birthplace of Zoltán Kodály, to join the Kodaly Institute Seminar, now held there every summer. For Summer 2021, restrictions brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have generated the decision to meet virtually, online. Classes will be broadcast from Hungary "live through remote instruction". NYU Kodály 2021 in Hungary will be offered as a noncredit course. Those students wishing graduate credit through an independent study will be directed to Dr. Jason Thompson for graduate credit arrangements. Students can elect to enroll for the first week, July 19–23, or for two weeks, July 19–30. All students will receive a certificate of attendance and completion.
This virtual study trip will help each participant place Kodály practice in its social context—among living Hungarians and master music teachers, teaching remotely from locations where the methodology was initiated and grew. Study will be undertaken virtually online from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Kecskemét, Hungary, birthplace of the composer, performer, conductor, pioneer ethnomusicologist, and educator. This trip will enfold NYU participants into the 30th International Kodály Seminar and Kodály Art Festival organized by the Kodály Institute. Students can elect to enroll for the first week, July 19–23, or for two weeks, July 19–30.
July 19 - July 30, 2021
*Participants can choose to attend the 1st week only (for lower tuition) - July 19-23
May 15, 2022
Rolling registration available until the program start or until full *for students who are NOT in need of housing.
Costs and Fees
$750 (2-week tuition)
$450 (1-week tuition)
Post-College and Graduate Students
Week 1: July 19 - 23
Singing Games: 8:00–8:30 a.m.
Lucinda Geoghegan, Instructor
During these classes, traditional songs, and various creative games suitable for online teaching will be shared and practiced.
Methodology: Introduction to Art Music in the Primary School: 8:45–10:00 a.m.
Borbála Szirányi, Instructor
These classes offer practical guidance to the selection and use of repertory as well as to teaching techniques related to the introduction of classical musical repertory through singing and movement in primary school settings.
Choral Literature: Hungarian Compositions for Children's Choirs in English Language: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Dr. László Norbert Nemes, Instructor.
Participants will analyze and perform a wide selection of choral repertory for treble choirs. Issues related to choral techniques and to the teaching of the selected pieces will also be discussed in detail.
Musicianship: 12:15–1:30 p.m.
Dr. László Norbert Nemes, Instructor
Participants will explore instrumental music from various musical style periods composed for pedagogical purposes as well as a selection of pieces written for children and/or about children.
Week 2: July 26 - 30
Move “Mi” Music: 8:00–8:30 a.m.
Réka Tóth and Edina Barabás, Instructors
Participants will be introduced to the digital application “MoveMiMusic” designed by the Kodály Institute for the teaching of music reading and writing in Kodály practice.
Methodology: Active Music Listening: 8:45–10:00 a.m.
Dr László Norbert Nemes, Instructor
These classes are designed to offer participants experience of the difference between passive and active music listening. The ideas presented at these sessions can be applied to the development of music listening competencies from beginner to advanced level.
Choral Literature: Hungarian Choral Reperatory for Secondary Schools and Community Choirs: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Dr. Árpád Tóth, Instructor
Participants will analyze and perform a wide selection of choral repertory suitable for high school and community choirs. Issues related to choral techniques and to the teaching of the selected pieces will also be discussed in detail.
Musicianship: 12:15–1:30 p.m.
Dr. László Norbert Nemes, Instructor
Participants will explore a selected number of compositions from Bartók’s Violin Duos and For Children and learn about the compositional style of one of the greatest masters of modern Western art music.
Dr. László Nemes, Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, has designed these classes specifically for participants from New York University.
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.