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Kodaly Summer Program

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.

Masters degree program

This program 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 program, 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).


Zoltan with children

Class Photo

Kodaly Choir

Kodaly Class Formal

 Kodaly Faculty Informal

Methods Class

More information

Teaching Staff


Vicki Strode completed her B.S. Ed in Vocal Music Education from Missouri State University in 1994, M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Southwest Baptist University in 2001, and is currently working toward a M.A. Kodály Emphasis degree from the University of Central Missouri. She received her National Kodály Certification from the University of Central Missouri in 2010. She currently teaches K-5 general music in the Wentzville School District.)


Tom Michalek has been privileged to work with singers aged 3 to age 93 during his career in music education, which began in 1991.  He is currently with the Hastings (Nebraska) Public Schools, where he teaches Kindergarten through Grade Five General Music. Tom received his BME and MM degrees in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Kodály Certificate from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  

Tom currently is the Co-Director of the South Central Nebraska Children’s Chorale, and is also is the Director of Traditional Music at Hastings’ First United Methodist Church, where he directs the Chancel Choir and JuBELLation Handbell Choir.  Tom is an adjunct faculty member at Hastings College, where he works with pre-service music educators. He has taught Kodály methodology courses at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Drake University, and has served as a clinician for many school districts, honor choirs and music education organizations throughout the United States.

Tom and his wife Amy have one daughter, Grace. In 2011, Tom was named the Hastings Public Schools Educator of the Year, and was a finalist for the 2012 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.


Crystal Henricks currently teaches primary school music at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.  Her experience includes Nursery School-12th grade general and choral music, both in Chicago and China.  She holds a BS in Music Education from Asbury College, Kodály Certification and MMEd from Capital University, Levels I-III Orff Schulwerk Certification from The University of Kentucky and Anderson University, and is an active member of the American Eurhythmics Society.  She is an active clinician for workshops and choral festivals both in the United States and abroad. She has taught music pedagogy and folk song research classes at both DePaul University and VanderCook College of Music. She currently serves as member-at-large on board for the Midwest Kodály Music Educators Association.

Dr. Liza Meyers, in her 20th year as a music educator, has taught preschoolers to graduate students in various settings, most recently in in Manhattan. She has taught World Music classes at universities in OH and NY, and teaches preschool music classes in Cincinnati. Liza received her Master’s degree from Arizona State University, and recently defended her dissertation completing her doctorate, also from ASU. Liza studied at the International Kodály Seminar in Kecskemet, Hungary in 2003 and has taught Kodály certification courses in AZ, KY, AL, AR, and MO where she has had experience as an instructor in all three levels and particularly enjoys teaching Musicianship and sight singing skills to all ages in a joyful manner. She received a Japan Fulbright Memorial Scholarship studying in Tokyo and Shiogama, Japan in 2006, and also holds Orff certification. Liza has presented workshops at the state, regional, and national level in AZ, CA, CO, MD, MN, NE, and OH, written music curriculum for a charter system in NYC, and has held many leadership positions in state, regional, and national professional organizations, most recently as a member of  a subcommittee of the Teacher Education Committee which oversees program endorsement for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and as the national program chair for the OAKE conference in Phoenix in 2012.

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 $368.60 per hour. There are no out of state tuition fees for our program since we are through Extended Studies. This cost is the same for everyone.  (estimated at $2212)   

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.   

You can share a room with another student to cut the cost of the room.  ($286.80 for a single room/$143.40 if you share a room)  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.  


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 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 Coordinators:



Juli Bio

Juli Weber received her Bachelor's in Music Education at CMSU in 1992. She received her Masters in Music - Kodály emphasis along with her National Kodály Certification from UCM in 2013. Juli was one of the first to receive the Kodály Masters from UCM. She has studied under Ann Eisen, Laurdela Folkes-Levy, Dr. John Paul Johnson, Dr. Julia Shaw and Kari McCarty-Proksch. She has also worked with Lamar Robertson, co-author of America Methodology, with Ann Eisen. Juli currently coordinates the Kodály Summer Institute at UCM.


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