Master of Music, Music Education Specialization, Kodály Option

Master of Music, Music Education Specialization, Kodály Option

The Master of Music, Music Education Specialization, Kodály Option is designed for elementary classroom music teachers, independent music instructors, and secondary music teachers interested in developing their teaching, conducting, musicianship, and depth of knowledge about music education.

A unique aspect of the program is that it enables students to earn national certification in Kodály music teaching through CSU’s Colorado Kodály Institute while earning a master's degree. The Colorado Kodály Institute (CKI) is one of the select programs endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. CKI faculty are among the top experts in the United States, and the University Center for the Arts location, at the foothills of the Rockies, provides an inspiring setting for personal growth.

CSU Music Degrees Learning Objectives

CSU Music Education Degrees: Learning Objectives

  • Develop the ability to think abstractly, analyze complex ideas or phenomena, synthesize or generalize knowledge across disciplines and sub-disciplines, interpret and apply scholarly findings to specialized topic areas, and communicate ideas effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Develop an awareness of substantive publications in the field of music education and the field of education as a whole.
  • Define national trends in music education that impact K-12 educational settings.
  • Describe the contemporary role that curriculum and assessment design plays in the teaching-learning process.
  • Create music curriculum assessment tools designed to measure both simple and complex learning in both classroom and studio/applied settings.
  • Engage in informed critical discussion regarding current standards-based frameworks in music and in contemporary K-12 American education contexts.

Program-level Learning Objectives

  • Develop the skill, intellect, and musicianship necessary among those who wish to become the next generation of leaders in the field of Music Education.
  • Develop a philosophical and pedagogical approach to utilize in all educational settings, and competency in techniques that embody the approach.
  • Develop foundational skills in advocacy and leadership for school settings.
  • Develop a method of score analysis that fosters success of learners in all educational settings.
  • Develop a concept-based collection of pedagogical repertoires that is fully analyzed, researched both musically and culturally, and organized into a practical, retrievable curriculum.
  • Develop the skills necessary to lead and conduct ensembles within K-12 schools with best-practice rehearsal strategies and methodology, including repertoire of varying difficulty levels, spanning multiple genres and time periods.
  • Integrate best-practice rehearsal strategies with sound conducting technique into school music classrooms and/or community/professional ensembles.

Summer-only Residency

The Master of Music, Music Education Specialization, Kodály Option is designed to be completed over a time span of three summers with a minimum of 30 total credits (the degree is officially conferred at the end of the fall semester following the term in which all course work has been completed), with several online and/or evening courses required to be taken during the school year. Students have the option, therefore, of living remotely during the school year and traveling to Fort Collins for the core summer coursework.

The majority of participants in this degree program teach either part or full-time during the school year, gaining relevant experience while pursuing the graduate degree. As a result, they are continually assimilating real-world teaching experiences into their academic coursework.

Applicants are expected to be State-Licensed Music Teachers* and demonstrate excellent musicianship and interpersonal skills. *Exceptions may be made by the Music Education area on a case-by-case basis.

Colorado Kodály Institute (CKI)

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

Additional Information


Bonnie Jacobi

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • Music Education
  • Director of Colorado Kodály Institute

Summer Seminar Dates:
July 13-27, 2024

All levels will start on Saturday, July 13.

Tuition and Registration:

  • Degree rate for 2024: $3,015 (5 credits: $603/credit)
  • Non-credit Kodály Certification rate for 2024: $1930

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