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Enhance your knowledge and skillset

Kodály Certificate

The Kodály Institute at St. Thomas offers a certificate program endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). Coursework provides high quality, intensive studies in: musicianship, conducting and ensemble to enable personal growth in musicianship; materials, analysis, classification and retrieval systems to assist students in gathering and systematizing repertoire for their personal teaching situations; and curriculum, pedagogy and instructional techniques to further students' understanding of and practical experience in designing spiral curricula for literacy-based music education programs using inquiry-based teaching techniques.

Kodály study at St. Thomas introduces students to music education that emphasizes musical knowledge and understanding through sequential skill development. The national standards for music are addressed through an approach that develops the musician-educator. The development of musical and pedagogical skills occurs in an atmosphere of joyful and systematic exploration in a Kodály-inspired approach to music education.

Students sing in a Kodaly concert.

Get a feel for the program

Celebrating Our Community

Coursework mixed with fun and celebrations round out the Kodály program at St. Thomas. Our students and faculty enjoy time together with special events including lunches, skits, breakfast and a final concert.

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Classes and Curriculum


Kodály Levels I, II, III (GMUS 741, 742, 743) are required for University of St. Thomas/OAKE-Endorsed Kodály Certificate students. Each level is a three-credit course.

Course Offerings

Raise the Bar

Browse the course catalog for full descriptions and to see all of your options for creating music and movement.

How to Register

New students should complete a non-degree application. Those with an inactive St. Thomas identification number should email music@stthomas.edu for registration instructions. 

All current students with an active identification number register for courses through Murphy Online on OneStThomas. 

2023-2024 Tuition Rate: $644 per Credit

This rate applies to all graduate courses regardless of degree level or program, including non-degree enrollment.

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Born to Teach Music

Carrie Krause teaches elementary music and feels St. Thomas has provided her with depth and breadth to be a better elementary music teacher.


Our Kodaly faculty shares their combined 100 years of teaching experience with our students each and every summer. As music educators, they have taught all over the world and have applied Kodaly in a wide range of settings. This is a chance for you to learn from one of the most talented faculty in the country!

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Dr. Leigh Ann Garner

Dr. Garner teaches elementary classroom and choral music at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Hastings, MN. In addition, she is the Director of the Kodály Institute at the University of St. Thomas, where she teaches pedagogy courses Levels I and II, Folksong Analysis and Materials, and Kodály Master Class. Garner also taught on the Kodály faculty at Wichita State University.

Dr. Leigh Ann Garner
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Nyssa Brown

Nyssa Brown is an elementary music teacher at the American School of the Hague in the Netherlands. She draws on her K-9 vocal/choral music experience in the US and abroad while presenting at local, regional, national, and international conferences on topics that include global music, 21st Century Skills in the music classroom, technology integration, curriculum/assessment writing and professional learning.

Nyssa Brown
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Casey Barker

Casey Barker teaches K-5 classroom music at Bluff Creek Elementary in Chanhassen, MN. She received her B.M. in vocal music education and her Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas. Casey serves on the board of the Kodály Chapter of Minnesota and will be teaching musicianship with the Kodály Institute at the University of St. Thomas.

Casey Barker