The Master of Music, Music Education - Kodály Emphasis Option is a graduate program designed for elementary classroom music teachers, independent music instructors, and secondary music teachers interested in developing their teaching, conducting, musicianship, and depth of knowledge about music education.

One unique aspect of this program is that it enables students to earn national certification in Kodály music teaching through CSU’s Colorado Kodály Institute while earning a master's degree. The Colorado Kodály Institute (CKI) is one of the select programs endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. CKI faculty are among the top experts in the United States, and the University Center for the Arts location, at the foothills of the Rockies, provides an inspiring setting for personal growth.

The degree is designed to be completed over a time span of three summers with a minimum of 30 total credits, with several online and/or evening courses required to be taken during the school year. Students have the option, therefore, of living remotely during the school year and traveling to Fort Collins for the core summer coursework. The majority of participants in this degree program teach either part or full-time during the school year, gaining relevant experience while pursuing the graduate degree. As a result, they are continually assimilating real-world teaching experiences into their academic coursework. The degree is officially conferred at the end of the fall semester following the term in which all course work has been completed. 

Applicants are expected to be State-Licensed Music Teachers* and demonstrate excellent musicianship and interpersonal skills.

* Exceptions may be made by the Music Education area on a case-by-case basis.

Effective Fall 2011

MU 510Foundations of Music Education3
MU 518Post-Tonal Analytic Techniques 13
MU 526AKodaly Training Program: Level I5
MU 526BKodaly Training Program: Level II5
MU 526CKodaly Training Program: Level III5
MU 630Methods of Music Research 13
Music History 13
Electives 23
Program Total Credits:30

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.