Master of Music, Music Education Specialization, Kodály Option

The Colorado Kodály Institute (CKI) is a dynamic training center for elementary classroom music teachers, independent music instructors, and secondary music teachers interested in taking their teaching, conducting, musicianship, and depth of knowledge about music education to new heights. Students from across the U.S., Mexico, Korea, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia are involved in the annual summer seminar.


Two Training Programs

Master's of Music, Music Education Specialization, Kodály Option

  • Online graduate degree program with summer residencies
  • Gain National Certification in Kodály music teaching while earning your Master's degree
  • Option for online courses during the school year
  • Assimilate your real-world teaching experience and your academic coursework
  • One of the few Master's programs in the United States centered on Classroom Music Teaching

Kodály Music Teaching Certification

  • Earn National Certification in Kodály music teaching
  • Three levels of coursework are required for Certification
  • Endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE)
  • Study with national experts in conducting, choir, pedagogy, and solfege
  • Brand new University Center for the Arts in the foothills of the Rockies

Sample Curriculum

  • Music Pedagogy and Folksong Literature
  • Folksong Analysis, Retrieval, and Research
  • Solfège/Musicianship
  • Conducting
  • Choir
  • Special Topics
  • Children's Singing Camp


Additional Information

Current & Returning Colorado Kodály Institute Students
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Summer Seminar Faculty

Tanya LeJeune, Level I Pedagogy

Ms. LeJeune is in her eighteenth year of teaching general music in Jefferson County Public Schools in Westminster, Colo. She holds a M.M. in Music Education degree with Kodály emphasis degree from Colorado State University and is past president of ROCKE. Ms. LeJeune has presented music education workshops and in-services for OAKE, CMEA, Jefferson County Public Schools, Adams County 50, Adams County 14, AOSA Rocky Mountain Chapter, Broomfield Preschool, Colorado Christian College, and Metro State University. She current serves as Member at Large on the Board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Amy Abbott—Level II Pedagogy 

Ms. Amy Abbott is in her 17th year of teaching elementary music, spending the past 13 years in the St. Vrain Valley School District. She earned her B.M. degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her M.M. in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Colorado State University. She has Kodály Certifications from Portland State University, where she studied with Jill Trinka, Susan Brumfield, Vicki Loebell and Sean Dëibler, and from CSU, where she studied with Sue Leithold-Bowcock and Ann Eisen. She has presented at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference, Oregon Arts Alliance State conference, the Regional Organization of Colorado Kodály Educators, and St. Vrain Valley School District Professional Development Days. She has served on the R.O.C.K.E. Board for over 7 years and received the Jared Polis  Foundation Teacher Award in St. Vrain Valley.

Amanda Isaac—Level III Pedagogy

Ms. Isaac holds a B.A. and M.A. in Music form California State University, Chico. As the 2005 recipient of ​t​he i​naugural Eva Vendrei Award from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA., she completed her National Kodály Certification Training under Ann Eisen and Lamar Robertson, with additional training from Susan and Royce Tevis. She directs twelve 5th-8th Grade choirs and teaches music at two elementary schools in Norris School District. Her students participate in county, all-state, division, and national honor choirs.  Ms. Isaac has presented conference sessions at the regional and state level and has served as Guest Conductor for multiple honor choirs. She is the President of the Kern County Music Educators’ Association, hosts the Kern County CMEA Choral Ratings Festival, chairs the California All-State Jr. High Honor Choir and holds active membership in California Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and Organization of American Kodály Educators. She has been honored as KCMEA’s Choral Educator of the Year (2013) and General Music Educator of the Year (2017).

Kati Virágh, Solfége & Musicianship

Ms. Viragh performs as a member of the Hartford Symphony and is adjunct professor of Theory/Ear Training at The Hartt School within the University of Hartford. Ms. Viragh trained at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. As a violinist, she was a member of the Hungarian National Opera when she was invited to join the Orchestra Symphonica Tenerife in Canary Island, Spain. Since 1990, she has been a resident of U.S., and formerly performed as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a founder of the Viragh Trio. In addition to teaching at Colorado State, Ms. Viragh teaches in Kodály programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Nebraska State University, Wichita State University, and New England Conservatory.

Bonnie Jacobi—Director

Dr. Jacobi is associate professor of Music Education at Colorado State University. For twenty years, she has taught music to children throughout Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas, and

directed thirteen children's choirs that have performed at professional venues. In 2008, she founded the Meadows Community Youth Chorus in Dallas for elementary-aged children without music in their schools. Dr. Jacobi holds a D.M.A. in Music Education from the University of Houston, an M.M. in

Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Music from Mount Holyoke College. She earned her Kodály Certification from Indiana University and McNeese State University and holds a Dalcroze teaching Certificate from the American Eurhythmics Society. Dr. Jacobi has published articles in General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Kodály Envoy, American Music Teacher, and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.

Guest Faculty

Ciara Coleman, director with the National Youth Choir of ScotlandCiara Coleman, Choir/Conducting

Ciara Coleman is a director with the National Girls Choir of Scotland, is an instructor with the Kodály Society of Ireland, holds her Master’s from the Liszt Academy, where she specialized in choral conducting and developing a school-based curriculum. Ciara also directs an adult choir, which she founded, at the University of Edinburgh.


For more information about this degree, please contact Dr. Bonnie Jacobi.

Summer Seminar Dates: July 13-27, 2019

Tuition and Registration

  • 2019 tuition will be announced in January.

Note: Full-time, out-of-state students pay a separate tuition rate. The tuition prices listed above do not include textbooks or materials.


The Kodaly approach has taught me that we have to approach music from a humanistic point of view, for a child’s experience. It has made me less rigid and brought more joy into my classroom. ~ Carolyn Warpinski

My lesson plan[ing] is so strong now. It’s so clear. It’s so concise. I feel much stronger in my ability to build a diverse lesson plan. ~ Elizabeth Aronson

I have learned to weave literacy concepts through any teaching situation (adult choir, elementary/general, middle school orchestra, as examples!) because of the Prepare-Present-Practice structure that enables flexibility, yields understanding, and brings joyful and playful learning. My colleagues and instructors have taught me so much in a sharing, collaborative experience. ~ Lauri Hogle