Music Education with Kodály Emphasis
Transform lives through music
Rooted in Oakland, and with a worldwide reach, our programs support you in your work to empower, celebrate, and transform individuals and communities through music. At HNU, you’ll find a student-centered, embodied, aural/vocal approach to music-making, underpinned by a philosophy of empowerment, access, and excellence. Graduates make a difference in their communities--in Oakland, in California, and throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, Australia, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Chile, and Peru.
The Master of Music degree is a balance of practice and pedagogy. This is a responsive, integrated, rigorous and practical program for those who want to develop as musicians, as teachers, choral conductors, and leaders in music education and community settings.
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As musicians, educators and leaders, our work together is significant and meaningful. Our graduates develop skills to empower others in public schools, in early childhood settings, and in the community. They lead activist movements, work in aged care, and in rehabilitation settings. Our graduates are leaders in choral ensembles, teacher training, college, and university settings. HNU offers three pathways for graduate study in music education.
Kodály Summer Certificate
Level 1 of the Kodály Summer Program is the point of entry for the Kodály Summer Certificate.
Kodály Specialist Certificate
MM in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis
Level 1 of the Kodály Summer Program is the point of entry for the Master of Music.
Single Subject Teaching Credential
The teaching credential is also available through the School of Education.
Scholarships and Fellowships
50% Logan Scholarship
HNU offers the 50% Logan Scholarship for students planning to teach in public schools.Learn more
Two Fellowships offering a 75% scholarship are available annually to MM students. Applications close February 1.
Other part scholarships, including summer scholarships, are also available.
Facts and Figures
Future public school teachers and current Catholic school employees may qualify for a 50% scholarship.
Practicum in the schools and the community
Balance of practice and pedagogy
An unmatched faculty
Our faculty are world-renowned pedagogues, musicians, and conductors, who are each practicing musicians and educators, and form part of a supportive network of teachers, musicians and community music leaders in Oakland and beyond.
Meet our Kodály faculty members
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Courses you may take
Observe, critique and teach in diverse education and community and choral settings. Utilize reflective practice techniques as tools for professional growth. Collaborate with your peers to refine inclusive and responsive teaching practices for varied music education and community music settings.
Musicianship and Conducting
Advance your own musicianship skills, including advanced sight-reading and ear training. Learn to lead beginner to advanced choral groups and ensembles. Explore rehearsal techniques and demonstrate artistic and technical competency in your conducting.
Utilize creative, embodied aural-vocal approaches in diverse settings. Explore pedagogical concepts and teaching techniques, analysis, and evaluation of materials suitable for the continued development of holistic musicianship in beginner to advanced settings.