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Scholarships for HFC’s Graduate Music students

Posted By Rachel Ware Carlton On March 24, 2020


Hungarian composer Dr. Zoltán Kodály was committed to making music education accessible and understandable to everyone. To help foster and perpetuate Kodály’s approach to music education, Holy Family College offers two rich, unique summer music programs: the Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program and the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

Holy Family College was one of the first to offer a Master of Music in Music Education that adopts a Kodály method and has since enjoyed a coveted reputation in excellence. Building upon that reputation, HFC introduced a new Orff Schulwerk Certification Program. In all of these graduate music programs, HFC’s faculty challenges students while preparing them to effectively teach in the classroom. Former HFC students will tell you that these programs are intense, but it truly changes the way they learn and teach in the context of music education.

With this in mind, let’s talk about each of these valuable summer music programs and highlight the financial aid assistance that Holy Family College offers to its graduate music students. 

Read more about Holy Family College’s 2-week Summer Graduate Music Program. It  can be completed in just 4 summers!

Understanding Holy Family College’s Graduate Summer Music Programs:

The Kodály method teaches music using a variety of methods: auditory, kinesthetic and visual. This comprehensive approach to musical education develops in students all the skills needed to approach music education in a holistic way and to foster a love of good music in the classroom. Music students who are trained under the Kodály method learn to read and write music, “sight sing,” and develop skills in intonation, improvisation and more. 

Music educators can earn a Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis in just four summers, and graduate students also have the option of earning a Kodály certification in just three summers. 

Note: This summer’s Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program will take place June 29 - July 10, 2020.

This year we are excited to introduce the addition of the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program. The Orff Schulwerk approach builds on the foundation of the Kodály method by combining music, movement, drama and speech into lessons that are similar to a child's world of play. Conducted in a joyful and upbeat atmosphere, students will study technique and improvisation, analysis and arranging, pedagogy, movement, and recorder as required by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). 

Students can choose to earn three graduate credits or register for a non-credit workshop. Credits earned in the Orff Schulwerk Certification program also may be applied to the Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis degree.

Note: The Orff Schulwerk Certification Program will be held July 13-24, 2020

Scholarship Opportunities at Holy Family College:

The Kodály approach teaches that music belongs to everyone. To help further the legacy of Dr. Zoltán Kodály and make music available to all, Holy Family College awards multiple scholarships each year for both the Kodály Summer Gradute Music Program and the Orff Schulwerk Level I Certification Program. Some of these scholarship opportunities include the Lenore Landry Graduate Music Education Awards and the Holy Family College of the Holy Family Graduate Music Awards. 

Students in the Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program also are eligible to apply for a scholarship to take the Orff Schulwerk Program for credit — a truly valuable opportunity. Additionally, students enrolling in the Orff Schulwerk Program also have a fantastic external scholarship opportunity through the Greater Milwaukee Orff Dimensions (GMOD) organization

Awards are available for graduate music students who have been accepted to either the Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program, the Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis  or the Orff Schulwerk Certificate Program pursuing graduate credit. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must A) maintain full-time status, B) have earned at least a 3.0 from their undergraduate institution, C) demonstrate financial need by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), D) not be receiving financial assistance from their employer and E) maintain a record of academic excellence at Holy Family College with a GPA of no lower than a 3.0.

Tip: Because a limited amount of scholarships are available annually, students are encouraged to apply early.

Applying for Scholarships at Holy Family College:

To help ease the application process, there is a single process for all scholarship opportunities within each program. Whether you’re applying for the Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program or the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program, there are three important items you will need to apply:

  1. FAFSA: Visit fafsa.ed.gov to complete a FAFSA to demonstrate financial need. If you have already applied this school year, you do not have to do it again.
  2. Application: The application can be submitted online
  3. Recommendation: One recommendation is required to complete your application. You will get a link to the recommendation form once you submit your application. Make sure your reference knows to send it in before the deadline!

Deadlines for scholarship applications differ depending on which program you are applying for, so be sure to visit our website for information about deadlines, details on the scholarship application process and to submit your application. 

Transform your future as a music educator at Holy Family College:

The Department of Music at Holy Family College is committed to your success by providing students with comprehensive understanding of theoretical and historical foundation in music, along with the pedagogical and methodological skills and dispositions needed for different careers in the field of music education. Our Graduate Music Programs focus on developing a comprehensive understanding of music education while incorporating the development of the whole person — as an effective music educator. 

If you have additional questions about enrolling in one of Holy Family College’s Graduate Summer Music Programs, we encourage you to request more information today!

Still need more information? Attend one of our upcoming webinars to learn more about our graduate music programs! 

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Topics: FInancial Aid, Music Education, Graduate School

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