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Kodály Summer Institute

Kodály Summer Institute at UCM will be holding in-person Kodály classes for all levels in the summer of 2023. These classes are for Kodály Certification, for continued education credit, or for graduate credit toward a Music Master's degree. Join us for a summer of learning and inspiration to revitalize your teaching!

The dates for next summer’s classes are July 9-21, 2023.


To teach a child an instrument without first giving [them] preparatory training and without developing singing, reading, and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand.

-Zoltán Kodály

Taste of Kodály

If you would like to know more about the Kodály approach before starting your certification, the Taste of Kodály class can give you a look into what the Kodály style of teaching is all about before you are ready to start your Kodály Certification or Master’s degree. This is an online course in June. To find out more, check out the tab below.

The Kodály philosophy

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, linguist, author, and music educator. His teachings and writings inspired a revolution in the way that music is taught. Together with colleagues at the Liszt Academy, he developed a philosophy of music that included many new principles. Kodály’s philosophy included using the best folk and art music from the child’s own culture to encourage the love of music. Tuneful singing is at the heart of the Kodály philosophy. Music education begins early with the goal of strong music literacy.

Master's degree focus at UCM

This master's degree focus at UCM was designed for the working teacher to complete the Master of Arts in Music in three summers. It is also a way to receive Kodály Certification as graduate credit or continued education credit.

In this three year curriculum, you will attend two weeks of classes on campus at UCM during the month of July for three consecutive summers. This portion will help you achieve Kodály certification and graduate credit.

For those seeking the Master's degree, there are five additional online classes you will need to take. Three of these classes are offered online during the month of June (prior to the July classes on campus) and two are offered during the school year (one each year).




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Teaching Staff


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Weber, Juli

Kodály Summer Institute

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Thomas, Jackson

Director of Choral Activities
Utt 211
(660) 543-4162

Colissa Alexander

Colissa Alexander retired from teaching public school general and choral music in May 2021 after serving two Missouri school districts for a total of 31 years.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1990 from Culver-Stockton College then her Master of Music Education degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 2002. In 2010, Colissa received her National Kodály Certification after completing three Levels of Kodály training at the University of Central Missouri.  While in Kodály training she studied under Nora Thomas Hunter, Kari McCarty Proksch, Ann Eisen, Dr. John Paul Johnson and Laurdella Folkes-Levy. Colissa has also taken a Kodály “refresher” course at UCM since completing all three Levels. During that course she was able to study and visit with Dr. Julia Shaw and Lamar Robertson in addition to several former instructors. Since retirement, Colissa has served as a substitute teacher and long-term music substitute teacher in the Hillsboro R-3 School District. She has also taught general music in the Jefferson County Christian Homeschool Co-op as well as private piano lessons. Colissa is currently a member of OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators).

Carmen Campbell

Carmen Campbell is the K-5 general music teacher at Aspen Creek Elementary in the Gretna (NE) Public Schools, a position she has held for the last three years. Prior to teaching music at Aspen Creek, Miss Campbell was the K-5 general music teacher for 14 years at Benson West Elementary in the Omaha (NE) Public Schools. 

Not only is Miss Campbell passionate about sharing music with her students, but she is also passionate about learning and helping her colleagues grow in their teaching. Carmen has completed three levels of Orff-Schulwerk coursework from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and three levels of Kodály coursework from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Carmen currently serves as Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America (MKMEA) President-Elect, and has served in several positions on the chapter level. 

Carmen has had the opportunity to present several sessions for PSKOR workshops, the Nebraska Music Education Association Conference in 2018, and the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America conference in Omaha in 2019. She looks forward to sharing what she’s learned with colleagues in future presentations and workshops and is excited to be part of the UCM Kodály Summer Institute staff!

Danelle Huckabey

Danelle Huckabey graduated with her Bachelor of Music Education in 2010 from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory, majoring in flute. She went on to graduate from the University of Central Missouri, completing her Master of Arts-Kodály Focus in 2014.

Her teaching career began in 2010 where she introduced the Kodály approach to the North Kansas City Public Schools K-5. In 2016, she began teaching music theory and aural skills at Spurgeon College. She revised and shaped the music theory curriculum with the Kodály approach. Outside of the classroom she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, while homeschooling and teaching music to her children.

Vicki Strode

Vicki Strode has taught music in the public-school setting for more than 25 years as well as teaching students from birth through adult in her private studio. In the public school, she has taught every grade from Kindergarten through high school.

Vicki’s passion for the Kodály approach to music education stems from watching her students gain musicianship skills and beam with pride. Because she was driven to share this approach with other music educators, she completed a 3-year internship with Ann Eisen, co-author of An American Methodology, and then began teaching with the Kodály Summer Institute at the University of Central Missouri in 2015. She has taught both Level I and Level II Pedagogy and Materials.

She also activated the St. Louis Area Kodály Educators chapter of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and served as President of the chapter for 5 years. During those years, she also served on the Midwest Kodály Music Educators Association Board and OAKE Advisory Board.

Classes and Syllabi


Current tuition rate for Graduate classes and continued education credit:

The summer classes are 6 hours for each level. Graduate hours are currently $379.50 per hour. There are no out of state tuition fees for the Kodály courses since it is through UCM Extended Studies. This cost is the same for everyone.

Continued education credit is $225 per CEU credit.

Current housing information for Foster Knox:

We use the student housing on campus at Foster/Knox since it is the most economical during your two weeks of classes. Foster/Knox housing is at 311 E Clark St, Warrensburg, MO 64093. It is within walking distance of the Utt Music Building where the classes are held.  

Students are able to share the apartment for the 2022 summer semester.  The nightly rate for the Foster/Knox apartment will be as follows:

Single rate:  $25.28 per night
Double rate:  $12.64 per night

There is a $100 deposit for the room, at the time you sign up for the room, that is applied toward the cost. The remainder of the room cost will be billed to you. You usually see this bill come in after classes are over. You can make your reservation through MyCentral.


The textbook list has been updated for Summer 2022 and the books are linked with each course through the University Bookstore. You can also access the list by clicking here.

The first year is the most expensive since you are purchasing the main methodology books. You will also need binders, page protectors, and a few other items; also a music writing font, like MusicEd, is recommended. If you have Sibelius or Finale, those will work.

Taste of Kodály

Come and get a “taste” of what the Kodály approach is all about. In this 3-hour online course, you will learn about the history of the Kodály philosophy, the principles and structure of the Kodály-inspired classroom, curriculum, and sequencing for teaching the K-6 elementary classroom, and much more.  

You will learn about the Kodály approach through lesson planning, writing lesson fragments, and doing some simple folk song analysis, as well as learning some songs and games that you can go back and teach your students in the Fall. You will become familiar with the solfege and hand signs that go along with the teaching of Kodály’s approach to music literacy, and learn how your students can benefit from this structured way of teaching through child-like learning and play. We will also talk about what to expect in the Kodály levels training.

Our textbook is the American Methodology book by Eisen and Robertson. All other materials will be supplied. 

Click here for a sample syllabus.


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Cost for the Workshop: 

$10 for Current KSI students and OAKE Members
$20 for all other attendees
Bring a friend and receive $5 off your Workshop fee (limit 1 guest)
RSVP for door prizes

Graduate credit is available!  Contact Juli Weber for more information

**Make it an OVERNIGHT event!!
Friday night social fun - 7-8 PM  UTT 102B - Folk dancing and games
Saturday Workshops - 9AM-1PM (snacks provided)
Saturday lunches - We’ll gather together at an area restaurant to continue making friends! (lunch will be your own expense)

Hotels nearby: Best Western (660) 747-3000, Comfort Inn (660) 429-4848, Days Inn (660) 429-2400, Super 8 (660) 429-2183


I am 62 years old. I'm probably the oldest student who has ever taken this course, but I need to tell you why it has been important for me to take these classes. I teach K-12th grade vocal music, at a private Christian school. I took the courses, because those students deserve to have the best vocal music program that I can offer. I have years and years of experience in teaching vocal music, yet these courses have enriched my life, my confidence, my desire to teach, and my understanding of using Kodály in my classroom. The teachers have stretched me musically and have challenged me to a new level of excellence. I would recommend these classes for a new teacher and the experienced teacher. If I can do this, anyone can!  - Sharon, St. Joseph MO; current student 2022

Starting my Kodály journey completely changed my teaching and my love of teaching. I had reached a point in my career that I was unhappy, unfocused and felt that I wasn't giving my students the best education possible. I contemplated leaving education unless I could find a way to improve myself and my instruction. Yes, I attended state music conference every year and attended every workshop available but nothing was working. I decided to search for Kodály programs because I had been taught by a Kodály inspired teacher when I was a child. I knew there was value in the Kodály method. Once I started my experience at UCM in the Kodály Summer Institute I knew that I had found just what I needed to get back on track and love teaching again. I completed level 1 in the summer of 2007 then started my new school year. Soon, my principal came to observe. She said "Wow, that was the most amazing thing I ever saw!" then asked "What are you doing differently?". I couldn't wait to tell her about my experience at KSI and how excited I was for levels 2 & 3. From that point on my evaluations were always top notch, some of the highest scores in the district. My colleagues and administrators from other buildings were saying things like "I hear that you are the person to observe to experience expert transitions" and "Rumor has it that you are the person to ask about how to incorporate higher order thinking skills into lessons". I was blown away. I know that the Kodály method and my KSI experience was the reason I was the winner of several teacher recognitions in my district including Hillsboro Primary School Teacher of the Year, Carroll Patterson Excellence in Education Award and a local award called the Doc C Picked Me award. Now that I have retired from public education I still use my Kodály training to teach in a Homeschool Cooperative. My students greatly benefit from the Kodály method. I never would have thought that making the 5 hour journey to Warrensburg Missouri for a 2 week course would have changed my life. The KSI experience is the best and most valuable training that a music teacher of young students can get in the state of Missouri. - Colissa Alexander, DeSoto, MO; Level 3 Kodály Certification 2010

Contact Us

For more information please contact our Kodály Summer Institute Coordinator, Juli Weber:

Or text "music" to (660) 248-0496.



Juli Weber
Kodály Summer Institute Coordinator



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