Address: 6001 Kecskemét, Kéttemplomköz 1.
In the beginning
The Institute was founded with the purpose of providing an opportunity to foreign music teachers to familiarize themselves with the Kodaly method of music education
and of providing further training opportunities for local teachers of music. The first Kodaly Seminary was held in 1970, the Institute was founded in 1973, and it was opened to the public in 1975.
Students from 44 different countries
followed the first group attending the Institute’s courses in the 1975-76 academic year. The majority of these students come from the USA, Australia, Japan, Ireland, Great Britain and Canada. All courses are offered in English.
The present-day Institute
The Institute can be described in three words: teaching, research,
. The main purpose of the Institute is to introduce Zoltan Kodaly's music educational concepts; the theory and practice of the Kodaly method. The Institute offers one-year non-degree courses as well as an MA degree in Kodaly Music Pedagogy
. Some of the subjects taught here include courses for music pedagogues/choral directors, Kodaly course for singers and pianists, folk music studies, chamber music/chamber singing, etc. Summer seminars and intensive courses are also available for local music teachers.
Besides the wide range of music courses offered, students also have access to the Institute's extensive library of relevant books and periodicals, sheet music, scores, LPs, CDs, etc
. The Institute also publishes its own scores, CDs, and works in music pedagogy theory, which result from the research they undertake here.
Some of the most widely known events organized by the Institute include the International Kodaly Seminar
and the Kodaly Art Festival
For more information about studying at the Kodaly Institute, please go to: http://www.kodaly-inst.hu/courses/yearcourse.htm
The Institute is housed in a former Franciscan monastery built in 1736
. The whitewashed corridors of the building are decorated with exhibits of fine art, and public concerts invite for unforgettable moments.
In the early 1980s a new building was erected in the rear courtyard, which now houses offices, a library and an audio-visual studio.
: Kodaly Institute, H-6001, Kecskemet, PO Box 188, Kettemplom koz 1.
: +36-76-481-518, +36-76-320-160
The International Kodaly Society, Kecskemet (IKS)
-- learn about scholarship opportunities
The Kodaly Concept
The Kodaly Concept is a set of principles regarding music education. Its foundations were laid down in the writings and spoken advice given by Zoltan Kodaly (1882 – 1967), composer and educator born in Kecskemet, Hungary
The Kodaly concept is based on the belief that music is an art that is vital to the human soul
. And as such, music is for everyone; it needs to be made available to everyone, especially in schools.
International Kodaly Festival and Kodaly Seminar Kecskemet
The International Kodaly Festival includes solo, chamber music, and choral concerts presented by distinguished musicians from Hungary and abroad. The repertoire usually focuses on music composed by Kodaly
, but emphasis is also placed on contemporary Hungarian music