Non-Degree Study Programme

The Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy introduced a more diverse non-degree study programme in September 2020 with the aim of providing more tailor-made study options and increasing the homogeneity of the study groups. 

With the wider range of subjects structured in a way to better suit students with different musical backgrounds, the new scheme creates more flexibility, thus the prospective students can select the best option to fit their needs. The successful completion of studies will be awarded with a Certificate of Studies.

The new scheme replaced the single one-year Diploma course, and it offers three study packages instead:

I) Introductory Course in Kodály-based Musical Training targets those who wish to gain a better understanding of the Kodály concept, as well as to develop general musicianship skills and musical knowledge. The programme also serves as a preparatory course for those targeting the BA Degree Course at the Institute.

II) Higher Education Studies in The Kodály Concept targets those who wish to strengthen musicianship skills and enrich musical knowledge. A special emphasis is given to the theory and Hungarian application of the Kodály Concept in the full span of musical training, from early years to university level. The students will have an overview of the most successful international adaptation examples of the concept. The programme also serves as a preparatory course for those targeting the MA Degree Course at the Institute.

III) Diploma in Kodály Music Pedagogy targets those who as practising teachers and/or professional musicians with well-demonstrated prior experience in Kodály-based training at least at intermediate level, wish to have a deeper insight into the Kodály concept, and have a particular interest in one of the following specialisation fields: early childhood music education, school music education or choral music education. During the one-year programme the students will focus on curriculum planning, study of the pedagogical repertory, lesson planning, and teaching practice through examples of the Hungarian music education system. The programme also serves as a preparatory course for those targeting the MA Degree Course at the Institute.


General Information

The academic year begins in September and extends to end of May of the following year.

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

Students whose first language is not English must submit an English language certificate.

A part-time study programme may be set up upon request, however the programme can be composed only of those subjects which are offered in this new non-degree study programme.

The Institute offers Electives to all of its non-degree students. Please refer to the prerequisites listed in the Description of Subjects

All students will be assigned to different study groups on the basis of aural and written placement tests taken at the Institute after their arrival.


Deadline for applications is 31 March each year for studies commencing in September.

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.

Non-Degree Application Form can be downloaded from here 
Questionnaire can be downloaded from here
(They are not online forms, so please save them to your computer before you start filling them out.)

Applications with the relevant documents must be sent to the following address:

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

For the 2021-2022 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).

Confirmation of acceptance will be sent to future students no later than 1 May of each year.

Appeal against unfavourable decision may be addressed and sent to the Board of the Institute.


Expenses and payment information

Details are available at the relevant courses: 

Course Content

The Compulsory and Elective subjects are listed under the relevant courses: 

Description of Subjects (Compulsory & Elective) is available HERE.

Hungarian language is offered to all students of the Institute as an optional subject free of charge.

Please note:
1. Minimum and maximum numbers of students/course both apply in case of certain Electives.
2. The duration of classes varies from 30 minutes to 120 minutes.

Exams & Evaluation


In addition to the application materials, all students are required to complete a placement test (written and aural) at the beginning of the academic year. Based on the results, students will be assigned to different study groups. The faculty reserves the right to alter the groupings.

Please note that this procedure applies to returning students as well in order to ensure that the lessons can be conducted with the greatest benefit for all students.

View samples of the written and aural placement test.


Examinations are held at the end of each semester or at the end of the academic year.

Students will be notified of the content of the examinations and the exact dates during the semester.

A Certificate of Musical Studies with Kodály Emphasis is awarded to those having completed all the compulsory subjects of the Introductory Course in Kodály-based Musical Training. 

A Certificate of Higher Education Studies in the Theory and Practice of the Kodály Concept is awarded to those having completed all the compulsory subjects of the Higher Education Studies in the Kodály Concept Course.

A Diploma in Kodály Music Pedagogy is awarded to those having completed all the compulsory subjects of the Diploma in Kodály Music Pedagogy Course. An Advanced Diploma in Kodály Music Pedagogy is granted to students receiving excellent mark (A) in all subjects.

Certificate of Participation is given to students who have not completed all the requirements for the relevant courses or who were enrolled for part-time studies.

At the end of each semester students will also receive a detailed evaluation for each course completed.

Course work is evaluated by five grades: A, B, C, D, F – A being the highest and D the poorest grade.

F is considered as failed course.

In those courses where no grades are given, students will receive a proof of attendance.

Evaluations will be given to students and it will be their responsibility to forward them to other educational institutions as they see necessary.

Special certificates may also be issued upon request at an extra cost.

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