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4 Summers, 2 Weeks, 1 Master’s Degree in Music Education

Posted By Rachel Ware Carlton On December 22, 2016


With the new year here, we all talk about making changes to our lifestyles — making your bread all from scratch, finally organizing the garage, sewing your own clothes, training for a marathon or writing that book. But when it comes to buckling down and accomplishing these goals, we often don’t.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to earn a master’s degree in music education, but you’re not sure how that could fit into your busy life. Taking a year or two off of your job is simply not a financial option and night classes just wouldn’t work for you long term.

But could you manage to give up two weeks of work during the summer?

At Holy Family College, you can get your master’s degree in music education by putting in just two weeks of coursework for four summers.

Note: If you’re interested in learning more about the Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program you can request more information here.

So as you make your way through the new year and try to nail down a new set of resolutions, consider the following benefits of Holy Family College’s Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program.

1. This HFC music program fits an educator’s schedule.

If you’re already an educator, then summer is the most flexible time you’ll be able to make progress in a graduate program. You don’t have to worry about quitting your job or balancing your lesson planning and grading with night classes.

Most educators can manage to take two weeks out of the summer to focus on something that will ultimately help them to advance in their career.

2. HFC’s specific music program allows you to focus completely for two weeks at a time.

When working professionals earn their master’s degrees with alternative programs, they’re often juggling work, school and a personal life all at the same time. And, it can be exhausting.

But this program offers a different model. By devoting yourself fully to your studies for two weeks straight, you can experience this degree more like a full-time student, rather than a juggler trying to manage too many things at once.

Each two week summer session is intensive, but it’s fun and rewarding to be completely immersed in music for that time.

3. HFC will make you proficient in the Kodály music approach.

If you’re already a musician or an educator, you may have heard of the Kodály method. It builds on the foundation that music is for everyone, and therefore, all students can understand music intelligently as a language. The Kodály philosophy uses a sequential approach to music so that students can become musically literate according to their developmental level. Like any language, it’s easiest to become fluent if you begin learning young, however, students of any age can learn. This program will help you learn the Kodály method yourself and how you can implement it as a music educator.

If you’re holding on to the dream of getting a master’s, but don’t know when to fit one in, consider using two weeks for the next four summers. As music inevitably follows you around this holiday season, and as you inescapably enjoy it, think about starting your application for a master’s degree in music education. 

Are you interested in learning more about the Kodály music method? We invite you to download our free e-book, The Kodály Approach to Music Education, and learn more about what you would learn in the music program at Holy Family College.


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