The Institute

Within the framework of the Liszt Academy, it is the Institute’s task to safeguard the musical and pedagogical legacy of the renowned Hungarian composer, educator and scholar, Zoltán Kodály, as well as to train Hungarian and foreign music pedagogues according to his concept of music education. The Institute organises and coordinates various educational, cultural and research activities, as well as being responsible for the Kodály Zoltán Memorial Museum.

The Institute provides a graduate training programme (60 credit MA in Kodály Music Pedagogy) as well as diploma (non-degree) courses in the field of Hungarian music pedagogy and methodology, based on the Kodály concept of music education. While the majority of courses offered by the Institute are aimed at international students, some are also open to Hungarian students. 

The Institute has had a profound influence on several generations of music educators across the whole world who have come to study in Kecskemét and have participated in the Institute’s full-time, part-time and summer courses. Alumni of the Institute have contributed in many outstanding ways to the dissemination and adaptation of Kodály’s pedagogical concept throughout the world.

The fact that principles of Kodály-based music education are today widely known on five continents can also be attributed to the never-ceasing efforts of past and present faculty to make the Institute a centre for Kodály-based music education equal to or surpassing any other institution.

The Institute is determined to safeguard the values of Hungarian music education (developed according to Kodály’s principles), while constantly adapting the practical application of these principles to both the challenges and opportunities of today’s world.

The Institute boasts an outstanding faculty with significant international experience, whose expertise enables them to provide students of the Institute with special attention to individual needs in order to most effectively develop their musicianship skills, and broaden their musical horizons. The Kodály Institute in Kecskemét is characterized by a lively and collegial academic culture. It offers education in an international environment and a small-campus setting, in which a strong sense of community prevails.

Details about the various courses of the Institute can be found under the links on the right.

Read more about the beautiful building of the Institute and the town of Kecskemét.

Have a look at the photos of the building, the town and various Institute events in the photo gallery.