Kodály Music Pedagogy MA admission requirements

General Information & Eligibility for Admission:

At the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute an MA degree programme in Kodály Music Pedagogy was established in 2007. This course concentrates on music education within the traditional school context. The course places a premium on practical experience, linking together lectures and seminars on Kodály's educational philosophy with the practical application of his concept. Graduates of the programme have important tasks: to awaken musical enthusiasm and to foster artistic talent.

Length of the training: two semesters (from September to June)

Tuition fee: 5 100 EUR
Registration fee: 60 EUR
Education conducted at the Kodály Zoltán Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary

Application form, information about accommodation, fees, academic calendar, sample exam tasks,etc.:



Application deadline:15 February, 2014.


Entrance examination date: last week of June and first week of July, 2014
Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than the first week of August 2014.


Eligibility for admission:

  • Students from Hungarian colleges or universities who hold a bachelor's degree in Music or Music Education.
    Academic transcripts are examined on a one by one basis.
  • Students holding a BM, a BA or MA from non-Hungarian universities must have 50 credits of the following subjects or their equivalents: ear-training, introduction to education, introduction to education, introduction in music education, piano, second instrument, form and analysis, music history, conducting, chamber music, voice, and choir.

    Academic transcripts are examined on a one by one basis.

    The language of instruction and examinations (both oral and written) is ENGLISH! Students whose first language is not English must submit a copy of a TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of 72-83 (Internet-Based), or 200-220 (Computer-Based), or 533-560 (Paper-Based) or an equivalent of this exam.


Entrance Examination:

Solfege-Music Theory Written Examination:


Two-part polyphonic material (about 8 bars)

Part of an art song (Classical or Romantic): notation of the soprano and bass part, indicating the chords

A 20th-21st-century monophonic tune

Triads and seventh chords in root position and/or their inversions

Completing the missing parts of a 4-part Bach chorale


Oral examination:

1. Personal Interview: aim of the interview is to acquire information about the applicant's
Background of music pedagogical interest

Professional and pedagogical preliminaries
Level of familiarity with the Kodály concept of music education

2. Solfege-Music Theory

Sight-singing of an easier Classical or Romantic art song with own piano accompaniment (e.g. Mozart: Die Verschweigung KV 518)

Sight-singing a monophonic 20th-century tune
Playing a sequence of 4-part harmonies from figured bass at sight

3. Folk Music

Singing 25 folk songs from memory. Non-Hungarian applicants must bring the list of the scores and texts of these 25 songs for the examination. Hungarian applicants must give an analysis of the characteristic features of the songs.


4. Singing

1 Baroque or Classical art song or aria
1 Romantic art song and
1 freely chosen art song or aria with piano accompaniment. The chosen repertoire must be in minimum two languages and the pieces must be sung in the original language and by memory.
applicants must bring a list of the chosen pieces

The Institute will provide a piano accompanist.


5. Piano

A Bach piece chosen by the candidate, at least on the level of the three-part inventions
First movement of a Classical sonata (Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart)
A piece from a 19th- or 20th-century composer, chosen by the candidate

Applicants must bring a list of the chosen pieces.

6. Conducting

Conducting a two- or three-part choral piece.

The Institute will provide a small vocal ensemble.


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