MA Course

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 replaced 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 office [at] kodaly [dot] hu.


Course Content

Detailed course content is available here: MA_course_content.


General Information

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


Eligibility for admission:

  • BA, BEd, BMus or equivalent
  • Proficiency in English
  • Successful completion of entrance examinations

The language of instruction and examinations (both oral and written) is ENGLISH.

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.

Length of the training: four semesters (from September to June each year)

Application deadline  is 15 February for studies commencing in September.

Entrance examinations are held at the beginning of June.

The Institute reserves the right to change or amend any of its programmes, requirements for degrees, tuition, fees, etc. from year to year.



Application deadline is 15 February each year.

However, applicants are kindly asked to send the applications at their earliest convenience so that necessary arrangements can be made and applicants can be informed of acceptance in time.

The application form can be downloaded in PDF here: ma_applicationform

(It is not an online form, so please save it to your computer before you start filling it out.)

Do not forget to attach the following documents to your application:

  • 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

Applications must be sent to the following address:

Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Kecskemét, P.O.Box 188, H-6001

Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than 1 August.


Expenses for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Tuition fee:700 000 HUF per semester
Registration fee:25 000 HUF (to be paid together with the 1st semester fee)
Additional supplies:10 000 HUF per month (use of library, musical instruments in the building of the Institute and audio-visual equipment, educational material received at lessons, Wi-Fi, computer room, etc.)
Electric piano rent:

10 000 HUF per month

Exam fee:5 000 HUF per exam – this special fee applies if someone misses exams in the exam period
Copies of study documents:5 000 HUF for a copy of certificates
12 000 HUF for a copy of evaluations, degrees



Fees for the first semester must be paid no later than 15 November, and for the second semester no later than 15 February.

Ways of payment:

1) in cash

2) by bank transfer:

Bank name: HUNGARIAN NATIONAL BANK / Hungarian State Treasury
Bank address: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71., Hungary
Name of account holder: Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem
Address of account holder: 1061 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 8., Hungary
Account number: IBAN HU22 1003 2000 0142 6768 0000 0000

Please write this reference into the appropriate field when transferring: "Kodály Institute"

Students must cover the bank administrative costs when transferring (approx. 2500-3500 HUF).

3) by banking card:

Types of cards accepted: all kinds of VISA, EUROCARD/MASTERCARD, American Express.
Please contact us for details regarding this way of payment.

Please be aware that paying by banking card involves a 2-5% commission that the bank charges on the card holder. Please make sure with your bank at home that transactions are allowed in Hungary. 


Please note that we cannot accept cheques.



Those students who do not pay their fees by the given deadline the following late payment fines will be applied: 1st week: 3 % of total amount, 2nd week: 5 % of total amount, 3rd week: 10 % of total amount.

If payment is not done by the end of the 3rd week the student is not allowed to continue studies in that semester.


Exams & Evaluation

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.



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

Download sample exam tasks here: ma_entrance_exam_samples / ma_student_copy / ma_teachers_copy


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.

4. Singing

  • 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.

5. Piano

  • 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

6. Conducting

Conducting a two- or three-part choral piece.

The Institute will provide a small vocal ensemble.