Silver Lake College of the Holy Family was the first to offer a master’s degree in Kodály education and has since enjoyed a coveted reputation in excellence. Music educators can earn a Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis in just four summers. Graduate students also have the option of earning a Kodály certification in just three summers. This summer’s program will take place July 1–12, 2019.

We are proud of the history Silver Lake College of the Holy Family shares with Kodály. Sister Lorna Zemke, music professor emeritus at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, is internationally regarded as a top scholar/practitioner and Kodály music educator. Our faculty challenges students in the classroom while preparing them for their classroom. Students will tell you the program is intense, but it truly changes the way they teach.


Sister Lorna’s influence, passion and legacy continue under the guidance of highly qualified Kodály faculty. Director of the Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program for 40 years, she was a key founder of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America (MKMEA), and the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodály Educators (AWAKE). Learn more here.

The Summer Graduate Music Program at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family offers
three options depending on your needs:

Each year, special topic courses are offered for students to enroll for credit or as a workshop. Recent examples of past courses include: Musical Motivators in the Classroom; Around the World in Song and Dance; Banjo Performance for Education and Playtime; Music, Management and Multiple Intelligence; and What Every Music Educator Needs to Know About Voice.

Topics this year include: Around the World in Song and Dance; First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play; and What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body

Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis (MM)

This degree is 34 credits and includes four summers with two weeks on campus each summer. Students also earn an OAKE-endorsed Kodály certificate as part of this program (Levels I-III). Your first summer would include the following courses: Kodály Methods I (includes the First Steps of Music curriculum), Solfege I, Folk Song History and Research I, Choir, and a Special Topics course. Students usually take 7.5-9 credits each summer.

Kodály Certificate

Endorsed by OAKE, the certificate is 20.5 credits and can be completed in three summers with two weeks on campus. Students usually take 6.5-7.5 credits each summer.

Workshop Courses

This option provides the chance to take select classes for a reduced rate, but no graduate credit is given. 


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Dr. John Feierabend

Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is the Chair of the Kodaly Summer Music Program at Silver Lake College, a Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School of University of Hartford, and a past President of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. He is the author of over 70 PBS children's television series "Lomax: The Hound Music".

Dr. Feierabend's has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the materials and techniques to help build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beautiful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies while promoting the use of quality literature. For more information go to:www.feierabendmusic.org and www.giamusic.come/feierabend.


Dr. Franklin Gallo

Dr. Franklin Gallo was trained in piano, voice, and trumpet from an early age. He holds a B.S. from Duquesne University, a Performance Certificate from the Ezio Pinza Council of American Singers of Opera (Italy), a M.M. from Shenandoah University, a Diploma from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music (Hungary), where he studied with Eva Vendrai and Péter Erdei, and a D.M.A. from The Hartt School, under the guidance of Edward Bolkovac.

Dr. Gallo is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, conference presenter, and composer. The past recipient of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize, Frank’s works are featured in the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series with Colla Voce Music, and in the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Series with the Hal Leonard Corporation.


Dr. Brent Gault

Dr. Brent Gault has taught elementary and early childhood music courses in Texas, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He specializes in elementary general music education, early childhood music education, and Kodály-inspired methodology. Gault also has training in both the Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education.

He has presented sessions and research at conferences of the American Orff-Shulwerk Association, the Dalcroze Society of America, the International Kodály Educators, and MENC: The National Association for Music Education. In addition, he has served as a presenter and guest lecturer for colleges and music education organizations in the United States and China.


May I contact someone with questions?

For admissions and financial aid questions, please contact Ryan Roberts, Office of Admissions (ryan.roberts@sl.edu). For course-related questions, please contact the program director, Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton (rachel.warecarlton@sl.edu).

What are the dates for 2019
Summer Graduate Music?

July 1-12

Please note classes are in session on July 4.

Is this program beneficial for those teaching in instrumental classrooms?

Yes, we have had a number of participants in the program who teach in instrumental classrooms only and have completed their Master of Music degree here. In fact, we had a student who completed her Master of Music and developed a curriculum for 5th grade band based on the Kodály method. She produced an entire volume of textbooks for her students to use by instrument. She will likely publish this work.

May I transfer graduate credits?

There is a possibility some of your graduate credits may transfer. The Program Director and Office of the Registrar will review your transcripts and other relevant course materials for possible graduate transfer credits.

Do you need official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended?

Master of Music in Music Education - Kodály  emphasis students need to submit official transcripts from their undergraduate degree conferring institution.  These transcripts may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

What should I bring? What is included?

Housing for summer graduate students will be in Clare Hall. The kitchenette of each floor includes a sink and microwave. There is a large, shared refrigerator on the 1st floor. Housing forms are due June 15. It may be helpful to note that as a member of the choir class, you will perform in a concert. While there is no required dress code (dress comfortable as you’ll be moving around a lot in your classes!), some students wish to bring special clothes to wear for the concert.

Is food available?

Yes, food is available for purchase through a meal plan. Sodexo, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s food service company, provides food for students.

Is there a mentorship program?

Yes, current students in years 3 and 4 serve as mentors to our first-year certificate and Master of Music students. They can help answer questions for you along the way and historically eat lunch with you the first day in the cafeteria.

Are scholarships available?

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Scholarships are available for both the Master of Music and Kodály certificates. If you are awarded a scholarship, you would be able to keep the scholarship each summer that you attend as a full-time student. Of note, financial aid is only available for the Master of Music program and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by June 1. For scholarship consideration, your scholarship application and FAFSA must be completed by May 15.   


About the Zemke Endowment

Sister Lorna Zemke is an internationally recognized Kodály music educator who is Emeritus of Music at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. Early in her career, Sister Lorna worked alongside Katinka Daniel on a Kodály pilot program in Santa Barbara and also spent six months collecting primary source materials on the Kodály Concept in Hungary. Sister Lorna went on to become one of the founders of organizations including OAKE, MKMEA, and AWAKE. Sister Lorna was the director of the Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program for more than 40 years. Sister Lorna is perhaps best known for being a mentor and role model to countless master teachers.

A gift to the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Fund would allow Sister Lorna’s legacy of exemplary music education to live on by way of an Endowed Chair of Music Education.

To make a gift, contact the Office of Advancement at 920-686-6273 or click the button below to give online. In appreciation for your gift, Sister Lorna Zemke has requested that she be given the names of all who have donated so that she may personally send her thanks.

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