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8 FAQs about the 2020 Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program

Posted By Rachel Ware Carlton On March 10, 2020

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Holy Family College (formerly Silver Lake college of the Holy Family) was the first to offer a master’s degree in Kodály education and has since enjoyed a coveted reputation in excellence. Music educators can earn a Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis in just four summers. 

HFC's program was founded by Sister Lorna Zemke, music professor emeritus at Holy Family College. Sister Lorna is internationally regarded as a top scholar/practitioner and Kodály music educator. Following in Sister Lorna's footsteps, our faculty challenge students in the classroom while preparing them for their classroom. Students will tell you the program is intense, but it truly changes the way they teach.

Note: Are you struggling to find for your master’s degree in music education?  Check out Holy Family College’s 2-week, 4-summer program!

First things first: What is the Kodály method?

At the core of the Kodály approach to music education is the philosophy that music belongs to everyone — that is, everyone is capable of learning and
understanding music.

The Kodály approach therefore teaches music using a variety of methods: auditory, kinesthetic and visual. Kodály also believed that music is best learned when very young, and so his approach makes learning music possible for people of any age and developmental ability. Following are some of the key elements of the Kodály approach to music education.

We know that you probably have a variety of questions about this unique graduate music program, and for that reason, we've compiled some of the frequently asked questions we get and answered them for you! 

1. Is this program beneficial for those teaching in instrumental classrooms?

Yes, we have had a number of participants in the program who teach in instrumental classrooms only and have completed their Master of Music degree here. In fact, we had a student who completed her Master of Music and developed a curriculum for fifth-grade band based on the Kodály method. She produced an entire volume of textbooks for her students to use by instrument. She has gone on to present her research at numerous state and national conferences, and will likely publish this work.

2. May I transfer graduate credits?

There is a possibility some of your graduate credits may transfer. The program director and Office of the Registrar will review your transcripts and other relevant course materials for possible graduate transfer credits. Credits must be evaluated for transfer prior to the start of the program.

3. Do you need official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended?

Master of Music in Music Education - Kodály  emphasis students need to submit official transcripts from their undergraduate degree conferring institution.  These transcripts may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

4. Is there a mentorship program?

Yes, current students in years 3 and 4 serve as mentors to our first-year Certificate and Master of Music students. They can help answer questions for you along the way and historically eat lunch with you the first day in the cafeteria.

5. Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are available for both the Master of Music in Music Education and Kodály Certificate programs. If you are awarded a scholarship, you would be able to keep the scholarship each summer that you attend as a full-time student. Of note, financial aid is only available for the Master of Music program and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by June 1. For scholarship consideration, your scholarship application and FAFSA must be completed by June 1.   

6. What should I bring? What is included?

Housing for summer graduate students will be in Clare Hall. The kitchenette of each floor includes a sink and microwave. There is a large, shared refrigerator on the 1st floor. Housing forms are due June 15. It may be helpful to note that as a member of the choral ensemble, you will perform in a concert. While there is no required dress code (dress comfortable as you’ll be moving around a lot in your classes!), some students wish to bring special clothes to wear for the concert.

7. Is food available?

Yes, food is available for purchase through a meal plan. The meal plan includes a hot breakfast, lunch and hot dinner.  Multiple food options are available to suit a variety of tastes and dietary needs.

8. May I contact someone with questions?

For admissions and financial aid questions, please contact Ryan Roberts, Office of Admissions (ryan.roberts@holyfamilycollege.edu). For course-related questions, please contact the program director, Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton (rachel.warecarlton@holyfamilycollege.edu).

Transform your future as a music educator at HFC:

We encourage you to choose to transform your future and join a community of experts in music education at Holy Family College. Through innovative academics and a dedication to academic excellence, we promise to give you the tools and knowledge needed to be a fantastic music educator. 

If you are interested in joining a community of driven, passionate experts at HFC, I encourage you to request more information or start your online application today!

Not ready to apply yet? Attend one of our upcoming webinars to learn more about our graduate music programs! 

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Topics: Music Education

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