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Holy Family College Blog

A Life Devoted to Music and Service: The Legacy of Sister Lorna Zemke

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 4/5/18 3:21 PM

Do you have a particularly cheerful and humble mentor, teacher, or friend who comes to mind when you think about the people who have touched your life? Did this person also transform the way music is conceptualized and taught throughout the world?

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Topics: Music Education

New Guide: A Guide to Holy Family College's Summer Graduate Music Program

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 2/8/18 3:36 PM

Are you looking for an opportunity to enrich your knowledge and grow your skills in music and music instruction? Are you interested in experiential learning that uses music to develop the whole person? Look no further than our Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program.

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The Voices of Students: Reflections on HFC’s Summer Graduate Music Program

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 1/25/18 11:47 AM

The prospect of going back to school for a graduate degree or a certification in music education can be daunting. Perhaps you’re wondering: “What will this program actually be like? What makes this program different from other programs? How will this help me grow as a musician and educator?” In these situations, you want to hear from people who are on the ground, who have experienced the program, and who have insights beyond what an admissions counselor or faculty member can offer.

Ever wondered what it would be like to attend Holy Family College’s Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program? We took a survey for you. Read on to hear what current students are saying about the program.

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Topics: Music Education

HFC’s Kodály Music Legend: Sister Lorna Zemke

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 1/5/17 7:30 AM

Renowned Kodály music educator

Sister Lorna Zemke, music professor emeritus at Holy Family College, is internationally regarded as a top scholar/practitioner and Kodály music educator.  Sister Lorna was recently honored at Holy Family College with an award called, the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Faculty Fund for Music Education and a dedication of the Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. “Sister Lorna serves as a great example for students, faculty and staff of excellent teaching and compassion, no matter what our life’s work is,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, president of Holy Family College. “She continues to bring the idea of being a servant leader into a world that desperately needs them.”

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

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 12/22/16 7:30 AM

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.

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Topics: Music Education

Why A Degree in Music Education Is Worth A Second Look

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 12/4/15 12:21 PM

Are you thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in Music Education? Whether you currently teach music and want to go back to school, or are just considering studying music education in graduate school, a Master of Music Education program could be the perfect program for you!

There are many benefits to pursuing a Master’s in Music Education, and there are many flexible  programs to fit many schedule’s needs.

Here are three things to think about as you consider completing a graduate program in Music Education:

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Topics: Music Education

5 Questions and Answers about the KODÁLY Approach to Music Education

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 3/7/15 4:03 PM

Each summer, students from around the world attend the Summer Music Session at Holy Family College to pursue their Kodály Certificate. However, some educators and musicians may have never heard of the Kodály approach.

My name is Rachel Ware Carlton, and I’m the Director of Graduate Music at Holy Family College. Here I’ve answered five questions people new to Kodály commonly have about the method.

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Topics: Music Education

About This Blog

Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Holy Family College Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 


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