Dr. habil. László Norbert Nemes, DLA, DMus

Subjects taught: Theory and Practice of the Kodály Concept, Choral Conducting, Choral Music Education, Choir Literature, Solfége, Music Theory, Methodology and Teaching Materials, Infotechnology in Classroom


1996 – 1999: University of Alberta, Canada - Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting – Title of thesis: A Contextual Study of László Lajtha's Magnificat

1992 – 1995: University of Alberta, Canada - Master of Music in Choral Conducting

1987 – 1992: Diploma in Music Education and Choral Conducting – Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary






Simon Halsey, Robert Sund (Haarlem, The Netherlands)
Frieder Bernius (Namur, Belgium)
Eric Ericson (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Jon Washburn (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Péter Erdei (Kecskemét, Hungary)
Johannes Moesus (Budapest, Hungary)
Michael Brewer (Manchester, Great Britain)

Teaching experience in his home country:

2008 – present: Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music
Excerpts of his lessons:

2007 – present: Department of Music Education of the Liszt Academy of Music – teaching Methodology, Kodály’s Educational Philosophy

2007 – 2018: Chair - Department of Music Education of the Liszt Academy of Music

2002 – 2007: Chair - Department of Solfège Music Theory and Choral Conducting – Teacher Training College of the Liszt Academy of Music

2000 – 2010: Music teacher at the Kodály Zoltán Special Primary and Secondary Music School Budapest (host institute of the Hungarian Radio’s Children’s Choir)

1997 – 2001: Assistant Professor – Kodály Institute, Kecskemét, Hungary

Teaching experience abroad:

2012 – present: Guest professor and academic advisor at the Central Conservatory of Music, Music Education Institute, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

2011 – present: Patron of Education, guest teacher of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Glasgow

2010 – present: Honorary member, guest teacher at the British Kodály Academy, London, England 

2010 – present: Guest teacher at the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA)

2009 – present: Guest teacher, consultant of the Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the Arts

Guest lecturer, examiner and master teacher at various seminars, music courses, workshops for choral conductors and music educators in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, People’s Republic of China, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, The Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, People’s Republic of China (Taiwan), Turkey, UK, and USA. 

Artistic activity:

2018 – present: National Youth Choir of Hungary – co-founder, conductor

2014 – present: New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, the artist-in-residence choral ensemble of the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest – conductor

1997 – 2010: Conductor of the Hungarian Radio Children's Chorus (the most prestigious children’s choir in Hungary at that time).

Guest conductor:  

Singapore Youth Choir Ensemble Singers (2018), Taiwan Youth Festival Chorus (2018), Nationaal Vrouwen & Gemengd Jeugdkoor, Holland (2017), Singspiration - Adult Choir, Concordia, University of Edmonton, Canada (2017), Gold Honour Choir, National Youth Choir of Scotland (2014-2015)

Scholar activity:

2014 – 2021: leader of the ”Active Music Learning Research Group” comprising the pedagogues and researchers from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy and the Brain Imaging Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.    

Project experience:

2014 – present: Initiator and leader of the ”Kodály revisited in the 21st century” project aiming at appointing schools to become partners and model schools in safeguarding and excelling in the Kodály concept in the 21st century

2018 – present: Leader of the team of professionals from the Hungarian music education scene to conduct Continuous Professional Training courses for music teachers within the frame of the initiative of “Singing Everyday in Schools” of the Ministry of Human Capacities

2018 – present: Leader of the team of professionals developing the “Move mi Music” application for music teachers to teach musical reading and writing in a playful way in the footsteps of Zoltán Kodály and Jenő Ádám

2016 – 2019: He led the project and the team of professionals in the Erasmus KA206 collaborative project of Kodály HUB – Sing. Learn. Share. which resulted in the internationally recognised knowledge centre, the Kodály HUB.

Key publications, keynote speeches:

“The Impact of Changing Social and Cultural Environment on the Hungarian Adaptation of Zoltán Kodály’s Music Pedagogical Concept,” keynote speech at the 2018 Annual Conference of OAKE, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, 2018.

“Kodály's Concept of Safeguarding the Folk Music Heritage of Hungarian People,” speech in the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) in The Hague, Holland, 2017.

"Let the Whole World Rejoice!” Choral Music Education, The Kodály Perspective,“ in: The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy, editors.: Frank Abrahams and Paul D. Head, New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Geoghegan, Lucinda & Nemes, László Norbert: Singing Games and Rhymes for ages 9-99, Glasgow: National Youth Choir of Scotland, 2014.

A Contextual Study of László Lajtha's Magnificat op. 60. (DMus dissertation), 1999.

“Musical Art and Teaching Music” in: Bulletin of the International Kodály Society, Vol. 40. No. 2. 2015.

“A New Generation of Hungarian Music Pedagogues in the Service of Safeguarding the Tradition of Kodály-based Music Pedagogy in Hungary” in: Bulletin of the International Kodály Society, Vol. 34. No. 2. 2009.


International Kodály Society – Vice president
Lajos Bárdos Society
Chair of the Board of Klára Kokas Agape Joy of Music Joy of Life Foundation
Ari S. Kupsus Salon Concert Charity Society


2005: Bartók-Pásztory Award as the conductor of the Hungarian Radio’s Children's Choir
2017: Golden Cross of the Hungarian Cross of Merit
2020: Artisjus (Hungarian Bureau for Copyright Protection) Award for his outstanding pedagogical achievements in the field of classical music