HNU is pleased to offer qualified applicants our Logan Scholarship: 50% tuition reduction to students who plan to teach in the public schools.
Exceptional Musicians, Exceptional Teachers
Holy Names University enjoys an international reputation as a leading center for music education training, inspired by the Kodály philosophy of excellence and inclusion.
Purpose statement: Our purpose is to advance a vision of music for all, providing quality, accessible and inclusive music education for diverse communities and cultures.
- As the first institution of higher learning to grant an advanced degree in music education with Kodály emphasis, Holy Names University has maintained an internationally renowned faculty in its program for 50 years.
- Students come from throughout the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Rim to study with Hungarian master teachers and distinguished American and international faculty to develop their own musicianship while learning how to teach.
- An integrated, rigorous and practical curriculum, a supportive atmosphere, weekly practicum in schools, and a high standard of excellence are hallmarks of the program.
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Holy Names University offers 3 pathways for post baccalaureate music education study with Kodály emphasis:
- Kodály Summer Certificate*
- Kodály Specialist Certificate
- Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis)*
*Level 1 of the Kodály Summer Institute is the point of entry for both the Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis) and the Kodály Summer Certificate.
Scholarships and Fellowships
Academic Year Scholarships:
Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis) and Kodály Specialist Certificate
New students intending to teach in public schools are eligible for the Logan Scholarship
, now offering a 50% discount on the academic year music programs at HNU.
- IN 2020-2021, two 75% Fellowships are available. Application Form is here. Due Date is March 1, 2020.
- Other part scholarships, made possible from generous donations, are also available.
Kodály Summer Certificate
The Rita Klinger Scholarship
is an HNU scholarship awarded annually to a returning summer institute Level III student who demonstrates outstanding promise for continuing her legacy.
Master of Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis)
The course of study for the master's degree begins with the Kodály Summer Program and continues sequentially through the academic year.
The degree can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
This program can be completed over the course of 1 – 3 years and provides students with a wealth of resources that are unique and invaluable to the learning experience. Just a few reasons why you want to study at Holy Names University:
The curriculum is designed for music teachers, choral conductors, church musicians, and performers who seek an advanced degree emphasizing the Kodály approach to music education.
- The curriculum features core courses in pedagogy, practicum, solfège and musicianship, choral conducting, folk music, children's vocal pedagogy, and choral singing.
- Supervised student teaching placements are provided in surrounding Oakland public schools.
- Observation of master teachers in various school, choral, community, adult, instrumental, and college / university settings is a requirement of the program.
- Local part-time choral conducting and teaching internships are often available for experienced students.
Teacher credentialing is also available at HNU.
Music for All, Music for Life - Holistic Musicianship
The Kodály philosophy of music education is based on a vision of the place of music in the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development of every one. Incorporating ideas from many different cultures, it places singing at the foundation of and springboard for exceptional musical development.
Inspired by Hungarian composer and educator Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967), the approach places an emphasis on teacher skill together with the use of quality materials and carefully sequenced holistic musicianship activities.
Authentic folk songs and masterwork, including art music, form the basis of the curriculum, in accordance with Kodály's belief that, for a musical education, "only the best is good enough."
Kodály music education is known for its emphasis on active music-making and the development of holistic musicianship (performing, reading and writing, creating, analysis) which, together, serve as a basis for all types of music study including the study of instruments. Kodály music education programs can underpin strong choral programs - a natural flowering of a singing-based curriculum.
Eleanor G.Locke Music Resource Center and the American Folksong Collection
The renowned American Folksong Collection is housed at the Eleanor G. Locke Music Resource Center, Holy Names University and has been declared an archive by the Library of Congress.
This special collection, representing major and minor regional and ethnic groups in the United States, is uniquely organized according to pedagogical content and has proved invaluable to teachers who come to select songs for teaching musical skills through singing. This collection is used extensively during study towards the master's degree.
From this collection, an online resource was established by Professor Emerita, Anne Laskey, through generous funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Now, with over 600 folksongs, the free online collection is a popular resource used world-wide.
This collection is used extensively during study towards the certificate and master's degrees.
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Visit kodaly.hnu.edu to learn more.