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Kodály Summer Institute

Covid-19 Update!

Kodály Summer Institute at UCM will be holding Kodály classes this summer in person.  These classes can be for Kodály Certification, toward a Music Masters degree, or for continued education in Kodály.  

The dates for our summer classes are July 11-23, 2021.  All UCM precautions for safety are still in effect including mask wearing and social distancing.

If you are ready to get back on track or just ready to get started, we are excited to have you join us for a summer of learning and inspiration to revitalize your teaching! 

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 (public school teachers) or certification credit (private school teachers).  

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).

More information

Teaching Staff


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Weber, Juli

Kodály Summer Institute

Colissa Alexander

Colissa Alexander began teaching in 1990 and has taught general music to grades K-6. In addition to teaching general music she directed the Jefferson County Children’s Community Choir for several years. She currently teaches K-2 general music and directs the Hillsboro 2nd Grade Singer’s Choir in the Hillsboro R-3 School District. She completed her B.M.E. in Vocal and General Music Education from Culver-Stockton College in 1990 and M.M.E. in Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1992. She received her National Kodaly Certification from the University of Central Missouri in 2010. 

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 Workshop credit:

The summer classes are 6 hours for each level. The Graduate hours are currently $398.20 per hour. There are no out of state tuition fees for the Kodaly focus since it is through Extended Studies. This cost is the same for everyone (estimated at $2390).

Workshop credit is $325 per hour with mandatory fees (estimated at $1950).

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.   

**Due to Covid restrictions, students cannot room together for the Summer of 2021. The room rate is $25.02/day. For Sun, July 11 through Sat, July 24, the cost would be $325.26. 

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.


Our book list is updated in late May/early June with a connection to the University Bookstore. 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 MusiSync, is recommended. If you have Sibelius or Finale, those will work. These could add another $50 to the cost ($370.38).

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


Dr. Isaac Bickmore
Summer Master's Coordinator
HUD 105
Tel: (660) 543-4160


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