Oakland, CA
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August 1
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Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis at Holy Names University

Holy Names University is the first institution of higher learning to award an advanced degree in music education with an emphasis on Kodály music. It is known world-wide as one of the major North American centers for this form of music training. In fact, students throughout the Americas and Pacific Rim come to the university to develop their musicianship while learning how to teach music.

Inspired by the Hungarian educator and composer, Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967), the Kodály approach to music education is based on music's place in the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of every human being. It incorporates ideas from many cultures, and it places singing at the foundation of outstanding musical development. It also emphasizes the teacher's skills, use of quality materials, and engagement in holistic musicianship activities.

In accordance with Kodály's belief that 'only the best is good enough' for children's education, classical music masterpieces and authentic folk songs form the basis of the Kodály curriculum.

Masters in Music Education Curriculum

The Masters in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis is designed for choral conductors, church musicians, music teachers, and performers who want to earn an advanced degree that focuses on the Kodály approach.

The program's integrated, practice-oriented, and rigorous curriculum is taught in a supportive environment that promotes a high standard of excellence. Its 32 units of coursework features children's vocal pedagogy, choral conducting, choral singing, folk music, pedagogy, and solfège and musicianship. Supervised student teaching takes place in Oakland's public schools. Part-time teaching and choral conducting internships are available for experienced students.

Students can earn their degrees in one year of full-time study or two to three years of part-time study. The program begins in the summer with the Kodály Summer Institute.

Faculty Members

MM in Music Education faculty members are excellent teachers and researchers who provide music education to diverse populations in a variety of settings.

Maree Hennessy, MM is the director of the Kodály Center and Master of Music Education program. She has worked in community settings, schools, and universities across age groups. She's involved with teacher training in Australia, Asia, California, and New Zealand. Her work examines how collaboration and reflective practice can contribute to the professional development of teachers.

Miriam Factora, PhD, a lecturer in music, has taught at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels. She has conducted in-service trainings, keynote addresses, and lectures with students and teachers in Australia, England, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, and the United States. Her research has focused on the localization and indigenization of music education in the Philippines.

Financial Aid

Costs for the Masters of Music Education program at Holy Names University include tuition, a campus fee, and a library access fee.

The Kodály Center for Music Education awards fellowships and scholarships to help students pay for their education. Students may also qualify for Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.

Special Classes and Lectures

The Kodály Center provides classes and events for the community and performance opportunities for students and alumni. They include the following:

- Community classes for adults and children
- Adult sight-reading and musicianship classes
- Concerts including the Fall Choral Concert, Spring Choral Concert, East Bay SingFest, and Children's Choral Festival
- Guest lectures like "Reflections on Kodály"
- Summer Twilight Lecture Series

Student Life

Holy Names University is an exciting place to learn and grow. It provides a friendly learning community where students can build friendships, get involved, and engage in academic and personal growth.

Student clubs and the Center for Social Justice and Engagement provide leadership, service, and social opportunities. The Campus Ministry promotes spiritual growth and connections through several activities and services including liturgy, prayer, worship, retreats, workshops for seekers, meditation, spiritual direction, and solidarity circles.

The Student Success Center offers career and wellness resources, computers, conference rooms, and study spaces. Student Academic Resources provide academic advising, disability support services, student success and retention services, and tutoring services.

Holy Names University

Holy Names University offers higher education in the Catholic spiritual and intellectual traditions to nearly 1,200 students who represent 36 countries. Its inclusive community provides challenging liberal arts and professional programs. Its unique approach to higher education includes a focus on critical thinking, celebration of diversity, meaningful connection with faculty, and commitment to social justice.

According to "U.S. News & World Report's" ranking, Holy Names University is one of the top universities in the western region of the United States. The university is also listed in the 2017 edition of the "Colleges of Distinction" guidebook.

Holy Names University is located in Oakland, California approximately 12 miles from San Francisco. The area has many recreational options including arts venues, restaurants, museums, hiking, biking, beach going, performing arts events, professional athletic competitions, and shopping.

Location & Contact

Department of Music

Graduate Division
Holy Names University

3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619-1699
United States

Dr. Steven Hofer

Chair of Music Department

Phone: 510-436-1244
Email: hofer@hnu.edu

Phone: 800-430-1321
Fax: 510-436-1325
Email: graduateadmissions@hnu.edu

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Kodaly Certificate [Music Education ]
    • Music Education With Kodaly Emphasis Master of Music (MM) [Music Education ]
    • Vocal Pedagogy Master of Music (MM) [Music Education ]
    • Piano Pedagogy Master of Music (MM) [Music Education ]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 4
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 2
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Comp Exam Required and recital
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


60% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 10
    • Accepted 6
    • Acceptance Rate 60
    • Enrolled 4
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st July 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st December 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesaudition; minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.6 overall, 3.0 in major
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 2
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students13
    • Female Percentage85%
    • Male Percentage15%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students13
    • Part-time Percentage92%
    • Full-time Percentage8%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian15%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander8%
    • Two or more races-1%
    • Unknown or International Student8%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPerformance practice with special interest in Baroque, Romantic, and twentieth-century instrumental and vocal music; choral pedagogy; Hungarian music education
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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