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Kodàly Music Institute Certificate Requirements and Course Descriptions

The KMI Certificate for Kodály Music Teaching is an internationally recognized music teacher education program endorsed by the Organizations of American Kodály Educators (www.oake.org). One may earn a Kodály certificate by completing an 18 credit, three-level graduate program. All credits may be applied toward a master’s degree per articulation agreements with two universities: University of Massachusetts/Amherst and Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. Pre-requisites for this certificate program are a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Music degree in music and/or music education or proof of equivalency. The grid below outlines the certificate course, credit, performance and documentation requirements.

 Certificate Requirements

Registration By Levels / Course Codes/ includes courses
Level I Certificate  /  KMI 500   (includes course codes 507, 508, 509, 510)
Level II Certificate /  KMI 600   (includes course codes 607, 608, 609, 610)
Level III Certificate / KMI 700   (includes course codes 707, 708, 709, 710)
Level IV Thesis    /   KMI 800   (is only PC 553)    
Required Course Course Codes Level Credit
Conducting 507, 607, 707 I, II, III 3
Solfège 508, 608, 708 I, II, III 3
Pedagogy & Materials 509, 609, 709 I, II, III 6
Plenary Sessions 510, 610, 710 I, II, III 6
Performance Requirements
Ensemble Performance I, II, III (optional)
Instrumental/Vocal I, II, III (optional)
Choral I, II, III
Mentoring II, III
Documentation Requirements
Pedagogical Units I, II, III
Video of a Lesson Between II & III
Thesis: Music Collection/Retrieval System III/IV
Exit Examinations III

Course Descriptions (By Level)

Level I

(KMI 507 / One Graduate Credit / 12 Hours)
Jonathan Rappaport 
Course Description: 
This course is a choral conducting class, opportunity to observe four rehearsals of three choirs of children, youth and teens all conducted by master choral directors, culminating in both a performance and laboratory during which each student conducts his peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty. 

(KMI 508 / One Graduate Credit / 18.5 Hours)
Instructor: Katalin Viragh
Course description:
The first course in the solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired ear training. Development of sight singing, dictation, musical memory, conducting, and improvisation skills using diatonic materials based on the sequence outlined by Zoltán Kodály. Developing the ability to sight sing by the means of relative solmization and letter name singing will be emphasized. Also developed will be the use of hand signs, stick notation. Comprehensive study of the note groups and intervals of unhemitonic pentatony through listening, singing, reading, playing, analyzing and improvising. Rhythmic skill and part-work and intonation development through movement and all activities above. Introduction to simple diatony. 

Pedagogy, Materials, and Thesis (KMI 509 / Two Graduate Credits / 26 Hours)
Margaret Callaghan
Course Description:
This course weaves together Pedagogy and Music Materials because the underlying principle is to create a teaching sequence after carefully selecting materials..
1.     Pedagogy covers beginning concepts and elements for learners of all ages, and includes the development of tuneful singing, differentiated learning styles, readiness concepts, and beginning stages of musical reading and writing of rhythmic and melodic elements and patterns. The pedagogical process will be stressed, with preparation, presentation, and practice of specific elements and concepts, skill development, long and short-term planning, and the application of materials to any age student or teaching situation. Incorporation of 1) the learning strands of the MA Arts Framework, 2) authentic assessment practices in the arts, and 3) the viewing and analysis of videos of master music teaching will be included.

2.     Music materials will be multi-ethnic and will include simple playground songs, nursery rhymes, folk songs, singing games, dances, canons, and art music of many periods. We will explore how this material supports student learning and musicality.

3.     Thesis–Song Collection and Retrieval System or the capstone project of the Kodály Institute is begun in this course.


Level II

(KMI 607 / One Graduate Credit / 12 Contact Hours)
Gabòr Viragh
Course Description:  This course is a small-group conducting class. In addition to expanding Level I skills, topics include conducting in more complex meters (e.g. 5/4, 7/4); score preparation, enhanced musical interpretation, phrasing, and vocal production through conducting gestures; proper choral conducting techniques, body stance, and advanced rehearsal techniques. Enrollment limited to 10 participants.

Solfège (KMI608 / One Graduate Credit / 18.5 Hours)
Pamela Wood
Course Description:
The second course in the solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired sight-singing, dictation, transposition, analysis, improvisation and ear training through the medium of the human voice. Both movable “do” solmization and fixed, absolute letter names are used to develop relative and perfect pitch. Training begins with unison pentatonic, diatonic, and chromatic melodies and leads to complex part-music that is modulatory in character. The foci of this class will be: in-tune unison, solo and part singing; relative solmization, absolute pitch names, and rhythm names; pentatonic, diatonic major and minor and modal systems; sight-singing and musical memory; rhythmic, melodic and intervallic dictation; stick and staff notation, conducting, hand signs; chromaticism; G, F, and C clefs; modulations and harmonic progressions.   Musical material includes folksongs through masterworks of all periods and styles, and includes many of Kodály’s composed exercises. All skills are developed simultaneously through live music making and written theory.

Pedagogy Materials and Thesis (KMI 609 / Two Graduate Credits / 26 Hours)
Instructor: Charlyn Bethell
Course Description: 
Teacher preparation makes learning music not only more effective for children but a more joyful experience for all involved.  This course will review and expand on the principles of the Kodaly methodology--specifically the sequential teaching of music skills and the use of an organized body of music literature, mostly from the folk tradition, as a foundation for musical literacy. It will provide pedagogical methods and materials for realizing these principles. Participants will learn approximately fifty songs and games from a multicultural folk tradition as well as some art music from the classical canon.  Strategies for integrating movement and folk dance sequentially into music classes will be introduced, based on Education through Movement (Phyllis S. Weikart). Specific course topics will include: readiness techniques; the exploitation of different learning styles among children through the preparation, presentation, and practice of rhythmic and melodic concepts and elements; lesson planning firmly based on child development; short and long term planning; assessment; basic song leading; teaching chorus and recorder from a singing classroom perspective; and approaches to integrating the nine standards from the national frameworks for the arts.  Participants will analyze and memorize songs, continue to develop their music retrieval system (thesis), and create a pedagogy unit.   Participants will observe classes being taught using this approach, both in a general music/solfège context and a choral rehearsal situation.

Level III

Conducting (KMI 707 / One Graduate Credit / 12 Hours)
Instructor: David Hodgkins
Course Description:
Topics include review of how to prepare and memorize a score, correct conducting patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 plus more complex meters (5/4, 7/4, 6 - French and German, 9 and 12), proper choral conducting techniques and body stance, interpretation of unison through complex part music in different styles, and basic rehearsal techniques.  Mental Gymnastics will include rapid identification of consecutive intervals in your head and ending by singing the final pitch with the correct letter name. Cues and cut offs will be integrated with dynamics, left hand independence will be developed as will use of baton and creating an ictus without a baton.Each participant will conduct the adult choir in pieces equal to level of difficulty of Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb as a final exam; you will be critiqued on what worked, what didn’t, and what needs improvement. Specific feedback will be given to each conductor as to the next steps needed in their development as a conductor. Enrollment limited to 10 participants.

(KMI708 / One Graduate Credit / 18.5 Hours)
Instructor: Gabòr Viràgh
Course Description:
The third course in the solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired ear training and sight singing. Listening and performing skills will be developed using pentatonic, modal, diatonic, and chromatic excerpts from the music literature. Course work will include basic teaching techniques and activities used in Kodály instruction. Each area of instruction listed below will include sight singing, performance drills, and the acquisition of recognition/dictation skills.

  • Rhythmic work will include a review and more difficult work in simple and compound meters with conducting, syncopation, asymmetric and changing meters. Melodic work will include a continuation of pentatonic major and minor scales and intervals.
  • Church modes, melodies with chromatic alterations as non-harmonic tones, secondary chord functions, and as modal mixture. The course will include an introduction to twentieth-century melodic idioms.
Harmonic work will include: cadences and more elaborate chord progressions, seventh chords in root position and inversions, secondary dominants and secondary sevenths chords, modal mixture chords and an introduction to the Neapolitan-sixth chord and augmented-sixth chords. Pedagogical tools will include: further hand-sign work, two-part hand-sign technique, memorization of two- and three-part canons, use of different modal sol-fa system, modulation: sol-fa changing strategies, Other appropriate games, activities, and exercises to promote memory, coordination, inner hearing, and accurate intonation.

Pedagogy (KMI 709 / Two Graduate Credits / 26 Hours)
Instructor: Jonathan Rappaport
Course Description:

This course will review and expand upon the principles of Kodály methodology—specifically the sequential teaching of music skills and the use of an organized body of music literature, both folk and classical, as a foundation for musical literacy—and provide pedagogical methods and materials for realizing these principles.  Participants will learn approximately fifty songs and games from multicultural American and world music folk traditions and art music from the Western classical tradition. Specific course topics include advanced rhythms (internal upbeats, external upbeats, various 16th note combinations, syncopation); half steps (fa and ti); presenting various scales (pentatonic, pentachord, hexachord, all diatonic modes and scales); altered tones (fi, si, ta); harmonic function of scale tones; intervals and interval inversions; triads and their inversions, seventh chords and their inversions.  Other topics may include curriculum planning for the school, discussion of outlining musical elements; pacing of the year through units of study and individual lessons; and judging readiness of classes to move on to new element(s).  Classes will incorporate art music by bridging the gap between folk and art music, examination of art music for singing and art music for listening.

Level IV

Thesis and Research (PC 553 / Two Graduate Credits / May be completed for no credit as well)
Instructors: Jonathan Rappaport, Susie Petrov

This course code registers a student for additional coursework and Independent Study as described below.  It is intended that students in Levels II or III who did not complete their song retrievals would take this course in fulfillment of the thesis requirement. This course also serves as an opportunity for guided independent research. Completion of PC 553 leads to completion of the Kodály Music Institute Teaching certificate. 

Song Collection and Retrieval System:This course is a guided independent study project. The instructor will assist you to complete any research you wish to accomplish. The hours of this class remain flexible because of the independent nature of the work. One goal of the course is to develop a personal song collection and retrieval system that will enable a teacher to quickly access applicable teaching materials for nearly any element, concept, or skill area at any grade level. Another goal is to respond to the needs of the participants’ interests and work situations. Post-certificate students may use this course for research and curriculum development. Students may return for post-certificate work to research new music, place it within their retrieval systems, expand one’s music materials repository and develop curricula.