Colorado State University

Kodaly Music Education (M.M.)


102 Administration Building

Fort Collins, CO 80523

United States


(970) 492-4898

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Music (M.M.) Music Education Specialization

Format: Online

Program Description:

Take your teaching, conducting, and musicianship to new heights with this unique program that combines an online curriculum with hands-on experience. Designed for elementary, secondary, and independent music educators, this degree features on-campus participation in the annual Colorado Kodály Institute as an exclusive two-week residency each summer.

The curriculum introduces the philosophy and teachings of Hungarian music educator Zoltán Kodály, emphasizing concepts like:

  • Enjoyment as a motivating force in learning
  • The importance of a sequential music curriculum
  • Use of folk song, folk dance, and game literature to teach musical concepts
  • Cultural heritage, music, and musical literacy

Gain hands-on experience during the summer

The online curriculum and summer sessions fit nicely into most teachers' schedules, allowing you to earn your master's in music education while continuing to work full time. The two-week summer session allows you to apply the theory and research you have learned in your online courses to real-world scenarios by practicing teaching techniques with local elementary students. By bringing together students and respected music educators, the program provides you with real-time feedback to bring your skills to the next level.

Career opportunities

Equipped with both a Master of Music in Music Education degree and national Kodály teaching certification, graduates of this program have a unique edge in the job market. The skills and knowledge you gain earning these qualifications will help you be a leader in your profession, strengthening an entire school district's music program.

Completion of this unique program can also reveal leadership opportunities throughout regional, state, and national music teaching organizations, such as the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and the National Association for Music Educators.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

• Bachelor's degree in music from a regionally accredited institution • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework • Applicants should be state-licensed music teachers. (Exceptions may be made by department on a case-by-case basis.)

International Student Requirements:

• Official transcript translation Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required). • Official test scores Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075). o The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based). o The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5. o The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 65. In general, all applicants from countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a country in which the official language is English (Canada, U.K., Australia, USA, New Zealand, etc.), must submit one of the official test scores from the list above.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 568 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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