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Music Education with Kodály Emphasis

Master's Degree | On-Campus

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Music belongs to everyone

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.

Maree Hennessy

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Our program director and admissions staff can walk you through educational pathways available at HNU and let you know about upcoming information sessions and School of Education events on campus.

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HNU graduates are agents for change in and through music.

Program Pathways

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.

HNU believes in making music education accessible

Scholarships and Fellowships

50% Logan Scholarship

HNU offers the 50% Logan Scholarship for students planning to teach in public schools.

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75% Fellowships

Two Fellowships offering a 75% scholarship are available annually to MM students. Applications close February 1.

Other scholarships

Other part scholarships, including summer scholarships, are also available.

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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

Study with the best

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.

Gemma Arguelles

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.