MA Course in Kodály Music Pedagogy

For those who are interested in applying for our MA degree programme, we are offering an Intensive Preparatory Course for the MA Entrance Exam in the spring of 2024. Follow the link for details.

The 2-year MA Course in Kodály Music Pedagogy is the Institute's flagship programme, offering the highest level professional training currently available in this field in the world. What makes this programme unique and truly exceptional is the internationally sought after faculty, possessing vast experience and expertise on the Kodály concept implemented throughout the full spectrum of musical training, from early years to university level. The variety of specialisations available from 2024 for students wishing to enrich their general understanding of Kodály-based music education creates wonderful opportunities for immersion in the fields of:

- Choral Music Education
- Voice Pedagogy and Repertoire
- Instrumental (Piano) Music Pedagogy
- Kokas Pedagogy
- Solfége Methodology
- Church Music Studies
- Conducting and Repertoire
- Kodály in Research
- Music for Students with Special Needs
- Early Childhood and Primary Music Education

Regular visits to the Institute's partner schools, where Kodály-based school music education can be experienced in its most authentic form, together with teaching practices of graduate students all contribute to the harmonious blending of theoretical understanding and practical skills. 

MA Course Content

List of subjects is available here: MA_course_2023-2024 (Please note: Due to the number of students, minor changes are possible in the upcoming academic year.)

General Information

This comprehensive study programme provides an authentic background into, and an all encompassing scientific knowledge about the world-famous educational philosophy of Zoltán Kodály.

Those graduating from this course 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 entire 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's 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 aural and written) is ENGLISH

Non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency. As a guide, we expect a level similar to TOEFL (=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 (e.g. IELTS Band 7 or higher).

The programme is comprised of 4 semesters, with the fall semester starting at the beginning of September, and the spring semester lasting until the middle of June. The graduation ceremony is usually at the end of June.

Entrance examinations are held online at the beginning of June (3-5 June in 2024)
Applicants will be notified individually about the procedure after the application deadline. 

Information about the online entrance examination is also available here.

For details about accommodation please follow this link.

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 31 March 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 Application Form

(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
  • motivation letter
  • photocopy of highest school certificate(s)/degree with English translation
  • copy of academic transcripts translated into English (if any)
  • photocopy of your passport
  • proof of English proficiency
  • two photos of passport size (upon arrival to Kecskemét the latest)

Applications must be sent to the following address:

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

Academic year applications can also be sent via e-mail to office [at] kodaly [dot] hu or kodaly [dot] office [at] gmail [dot] com

If you are using Gmail you also have the possibility to apply online through this form where you can also upload the required documents. 

If you do not have a Gmail address you can also apply online through this other form - in this case you can send the remaining application documents to the above-mentioned email address(es).

Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than 15 June.

Expenses for new STUDENTS ENROLLING FOR the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Tuition fee:

1 900 000 HUF per year (950 000 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.)
Library & Archives membership fee::

1100 HUF per academic year

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 October, and for the second semester no later than 15 February.

Ways of payment:

1) in cash

2) bank transfer:

Bank name: MAGYAR NEMZETI BANK (=Hungarian National Bank)
Bank address: 1054 Budapest, Szabadság tér 9., Hungary
Name of account holder: Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem (=Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music)
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).

Please note: in Hungary the two banks – Hungarian National Bank (Magyar Nemzeti Bank in Hungarian) and Hungarian State Treasury (Magyar Államkincstár in Hungarian) – are connected. So in your country’s banking system it might be Hungarian State Treasury instead of Hungarian National Bank. In that case the Swift code for the Hungarian State Treasury is HUSTHUHB (or HUSTHUHBXXX if the system requires 11 characters to input); Hungarian State Treasury's address is 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71.

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 - in general

The entrance examination is usually in June for studies commencing in September. Students will be notified of the exact dates by e-mail no later than 1 April.

Examinations are held at the end of each semester in January and May. Students are 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.

Please note: Since 2020, entrance examinations are held online, therefore some parts of the exam are different from the ones in the past. Applicants will be notified individually about the procedure after the application deadline. 

Information about the online entrance examination is also available here.


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 parts, indication of 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) Aural Examination

1. Personal interview to have a better understanding of the applicant’s

  • musical background
  • background of music pedagogical interest
  • 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 the applicant's home country by heart. Applicants are expected to provide a list of the scores and texts of the 25 songs for the examination. 

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 provide a list of the chosen pieces. 

5. Piano

  • a freely chosen Bach piece, at least on the level of the three-part inventions
  • first movement (allegro) of a Classical sonata (Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart)
  • a freely chosen piece from a 19th- or 20th-century composer

    Applicants must provide a list of the chosen pieces.

6. Conducting

Conducting a two- or three-part choral piece.