As a result of several years of dedicated work to further develop the academic programmes at the Kodály Institute, we offer a two-year MA study course in Kodály Music Pedagogy that replaces the one-year programme established in 2007. This new study programme that started in 2017 contains 120 graduate credits.
The extended programme was designed in order to provide new opportunities for our students by offering regular teaching practice in the Institute’s partner schools and a wide range of specialisations including Early Childhood Music Education, the Kokas Pedagogy, Colourstrings Methods and Choral Music Education. Students enrolled in this programme will greatly benefit from the opportunities created for a more in-depth development of musicianship, more comprehensive training in teaching methods based on the Kodály Concept including methodology of teaching solfege and music theory at secondary and tertiary level, and naturally much more time available for the completion of research projects.
Those former Kodály Institute graduates who hold an Advanced Diploma of the Institute and are interested in the MA degree course should contact Dr László Norbert Nemes, director of the Kodály Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This comprehensive study programme gives authentic background and all encompassing scientific knowledge about the world-famous educational philosophy of Zoltán Kodály.
Those graduating experts of the Master course in Kodály Music Pedagogy are capable of:
– adopting, preserving, developing and transmitting/teaching the Kodály method,
– taking part in writing and editing educational materials that affect public music education,
– taking part in analysis and research opportunities dealing with the development of the whole spectrum of music education, based on their musical and historical knowledge, and their knowledge of pedagogy philosophy and methodology,
– using their international music pedagogic knowledge to benefit Hungarian music education,
– taking part in the quality development of music education through their acquired knowledge, imagination and taste,
– sharing their musical and music pedagogical knowledge with others,
– training qualified new professionals and amateurs through their direct instruction as well as their own example (and pedagogical efforts in the case of a teacher degree),
– actively taking part in the shaping of the general musical knowledge and the musical life within the community,
– playing useful active and initiative roles in the institutions of Hungarian and international musical life,
– the continuous broadening of the (vocal and instrumental) musical repertoire relevant to the practical aspect of Kodály music pedagogy
- BA, BEd, BMus or equivalent
- Proficiency in English
- Successful completion of entrance examinations
Therefore, students whose first language is not English must submit a copy of a TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of 72-83 (Internet-Based), or 200-220 (Computer-Based), or 533-560 (Paper-Based) or an equivalent of this exam.
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- detailed curriculum vitae
- photocopy of highest school certificate(s)/degree
- copy of academic transcripts
- two photos of passport size
- copy of TOEFL exam certificate or its equivalent
The entrance examination is usually in June for studies commencing in September.
Students will be notified of the exact dates by e-mail/post.
Examinations are held at the end of each semester or at the end of the academic year.
End-of-year examinations are held in May.
Students will be notified of the content of the examination and the exact dates during the semester.
Examinations are evaluated by five grades: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – 5 being the highest and 2 the poorest grade. 1 is considered as fail.
CONTENT OF THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
I ) Solfege-Music Theory Written Examination
- two-part polyphonic material (about 8 bars)
- part of an art song (Classical or Romantic): notation of the soprano and bass part, indicating the chords
- a 20th-21st-century monophonic tune
- triads and seventh chords in root position and/or their inversions
- completing the missing parts of a 4-part Bach chorale
II) Oral Examination
1. Personal Interview: aim of the interview is to acquire information about the applicant’s
- background of music pedagogical interest
- professional and pedagogical preliminaries
- level of familiarity with the Kodály concept of music education
2. Solfege-Music Theory
- sight-singing of an easier Classical or Romantic art song with own piano accompaniment (e.g. Mozart: Die Verschweigung KV 518)
- sight-singing a monophonic 20th-century tune
- playing a sequence of 4-part harmonies from figured bass at sight
See an example of sight-reading and figured bass.
3. Folk Music
Singing 25 folk songs from memory. Non-Hungarian applicants must bring the list of the scores and texts of these 25 songs for the examination. Hungarian applicants must give an analysis of the characteristic features of the songs.
- 1 Baroque or Classical art song or aria
- 1 Romantic art song and
- 1 freely chosen art song or aria with piano accompaniment
The chosen repertoire must be in minimum two languages and the pieces must be sung in the original language and by memory.
- applicants must bring a list of the chosen pieces
The Institute will provide a piano accompanist.
- a freely chosen Bach piece, at least on the level of the three-part inventions
- first movement of a Classical sonata (Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart)
- a freely chosen piece from a 19th- or 20th-century composer
- applicants must bring a list of the chosen pieces
Conducting a two- or three-part choral piece.
The Institute will provide a small vocal ensemble.