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The Kodály Music Institute Announces our 19th Summer Session! 

July 5- 22, 2016

St. Mark’s Church Parish Hall and Fay School, Southborough, Massachusetts

This summer features Levels I, II, III and two exciting NEW courses!

Music Teacher’s Professional Development: Choral Music Repertoire and Strategies with Dr. Susan Brumfield for choirs in grades 3-12


KMI 511 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 pdps
Please note:
-This course is being offered as a stand-alone, one credit class for  participants who are not enrolled in the KMI Levels I, II, III.
-Those enrolled in Levels I, II and III will participate in Repertoire and Strategies at no additional fee.

Dates: July 5, 6, 7 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Instructor: Dr. Susan Brumfield

Internationally known conductor, arranger, and scholar, Susan Brumfield will present Choral Music Repertoire and Strategies for teaching music literacy and performance practice skills in the choral rehearsal setting. She will focus on music for choirs of students in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Susan will share strategies for organizing the choir, warm-ups, vocal production, pre-teaching and learning new music through the sight reading of known musical elements. Participants will learn repertoire suitable for beginning choirs and more advanced choirs. Susan will demonstrate how music literacy skills can be prepared, presented and practiced in the choral rehearsal setting. She will also share her practice of creating arrangements suitable for choirs and their development as musicians.

Listen to Susan Brumfield’s recent interview:  http://wlrn.org/post/jean-ritchies-kentucky-mother-goose-author-interview

Choir Conductor’s Toolbox: Conducting and Solfège

KMI 810 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 pdps

Dates: July 11-15 4:15 – 7:00 pm

Instructors: David Hodgkins & Gábor Virágh

 David     Gabor

David Hodgkins and Gabor Viragh will team-teach this course aimed at sharpening your ears and conducting skills. This course will be focused on the needs of choir directors. Solfège classes will practice chromaticism and harmonic singing with chords with many color tones! The conducting classes will focus on score preparation, baton technique, rehearsal technique, and the ability to realize a score in real time as the piece is being performed. Repertoire will include excerpts by Bach and Mozart, among others, and the final sessions will add a string quartet to the ensemble in order to work with the combination of voices and strings. Some recitative may be included. Participants will be required to use full scores.

This course is best for those who have the Kodály Teaching Certificate level of experience with moveable do solfège and who are conducting high school SATB ensembles and above or advanced youth choirs.

July 5- 22, 2016 at the St. Mark’s Church Parish Hall and Fay School, Southborough, Massachusetts

The Kodály Music Institute is an innovative and rewarding summer study program for music educators and performing musicians who wish to strengthen their music skills and music teaching. The goal is for teachers to become better musicians and learn how to help each student become a better musician.

We offer:

Kodály Certificate Levels I, II, III (6 Graduate Credits or 135 pdps)

Level IV ~ Thesis, annotated Song Collection (2 Graduate Credits or 45 pdps)

Music Teacher’s Professional Development: Choral Music Repertoire and Strategies (1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 pdps)

Choir Conductor’s Toolbox: Conducting and Solfège (1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 pdps)

Post Certificate Refresher (1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 pdps)
Create your own course of study in:
Pedagogy, Solfège, Conducting, Observation of Vocal Vacation Choir classes

Introduction to Kodály (1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 pdps) ~ Attend all classes during Week 1 except Repertoire and Strategies.  If you wish to earn 45 pdps or 2 Graduate Credits, please register for both Introduction to Kodály AND Repertoire and Strategies.

BAKE (Boston Area Kodály Educators) Fall, 2016 Workshop series (1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 pdps)


Summer course dates and times:

July 5, 6, 7: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

July 8: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

July 11- 22: weekdays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

July 22, GALA Concert: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Summer course location:

St. Mark’s Church Parish Hall, 27 Main St, Southborough, MA 01772

Fay School, 48 Main St, Southborough, MA 01772
near Boston and accessible on MBTA Commuter Rail.


Summer course special features:

Participants will observe the Kodály philosophy in action with children ages 8-15 in the concurrent Vocal Vacation, a youth summer choir camp offered jointly by Fay School and the Kodály Music Institute.

All participants will sing in the KMI Choir and will perform with Vocal Vacation students in the Gala Concert.


Kodály Certification and Master’s Degree:

Earn 405 pdps (18 graduate credits) in 3 Levels over 3 summers to complete the Kodály Music Teacher’s Certificate endorsed by OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators.)

Graduate credits may be purchased separately from Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA and may be applied to the Master Degree in Education with Kodály Emphasis at Anna Maria College.


 From our participants:

“I still reflect on the time spent in David Hodgkins’ conducting classes and choirs as some of the most valuable in my education as a choral director. I’ve never been held to the standard you hold me to, and I know many of your students and musicians share that view. It’s remarkable what can be achieved when higher standards are expected.”

“A most rewarding musical experience. Every minute was well-planned, engaging, totally relevant, challenging and sparked my interest in wanting to learn more. The Music Education faculty, an outstanding group of scholars and teachers are knowledgeable and present the materials in a professional, supportive manner.”

Free Events – Open to the Public

Visitor’s Day ~ All are welcome to observe the Kodály Music Institute and Vocal Vacation
 classes and rehearsals.

Thursday July 14, 2016 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fay School, Southborough MA



Gala Concert ~ featuring the KMI Choir and Vocal Vacation Choir

Friday July 22, 2016 – 5:00 pm

Fay School, Southborough MA


The Jenö Ádám Scholarship 
The Jenö Ádám Scholarship provides partial funding to OAKE members with Level I certification toward further study at OAKE-endorsed Kodály certification programs in the United States and Hungary. The Jenö Ádám Scholarship does not examine financial need as criteria for awards. Individuals may apply for more than one scholarship from OAKE, but will only be eligible for one award any given year, as determined by the Scholarship Committee.
February 1st

Online Registration opens in March, 2016.

The available program offerings are listed below. Please click on the program you are interested in to learn more:

Kodàly Certificate Program

>  Apply for KMI’s Certificate Program: March 2016

>  See 2016 Schedule and Costs of KMI Certificate Program Courses

>  See Course Requirements & Descriptions

Introductory and Post Certificate Courses

> Apply for an Introductory or Post Certificate Course: March 2016

> See 2016 Schedule and Costs for Introductory and Post Certificate Courses

> See Course Requirements & Descriptions


The Kodály Music Institute Board of Directors are ready to answer any questions.

QUESTIONS: kodalymusicinstitute@gmail.com

Susie Petrov (susiepetrov@earthlink.net)
Margie Callaghan 

Joanne Crowell
Dr. Brian G. Michaud
Jon Rappaport
Dr. Mary Epstein

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