What Certificates will be awarded?
After the completion of Stage 3, participants who successfully completed all the examinations will be awarded the IKC General Programme - Certificate of Kodály-trained Musician.
Those who take the “Pedagogy” module as well will be awarded the IKC General Programme - Certificate of Kodály-trained Musician & Certified Teacher.
After the completion of Stage 6, participants who successfully completed all the examinations will be awarded the IKC Advanced Programme - Certificate of Advanced Kodály Teacher and Certified Kodály Trainer.
After the completion of ‘mid’-stages of 1, 2, 4 and 5 participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Stage 1/2/4/5 of the IKC certificate programme.
About the International Kodály Musicianship Certificate Programme
What is the International Kodály Certificate (IKC) Programme?
It is a comprehensive study and certification programme in Musicianship combined with an optional extra programme in Teaching Methodology (Pedagogy).
It is offered in six consecutive stages from absolute beginner in Kodály-based musicianship training to advanced level.
Each stage offers a relevant certificate upon a successful closing exam.
The training part of the programme consists of a booster intensive course and an online tutorial.
You may opt for taking the exam only, though we recommend to take the training parts as well.
What does the training part offer?
The training part always starts with an intensive booster course. It lasts for 2 weeks (the number of working days may vary country by country, but you may count with generally 5 or 6 working days) or 2 times one-week (subject to the country). The online tutorial part covers altogether 20 times 2-hour occasions where participants receive guidance in regards to the exam preparation including practice materials, reflection on the weekly development, supplementary training materials, consultation, etc.
How will the online tutorials be organised?
At the end of the intensive booster course participants and tutors together layout the schedule of the tutorial session that most fits to the group. Participants meet their tutor online once a week for a 2-hour session for the course for 10 + 10 weeks. In Stage 3 Musicianship and Methodology programme an additional 2-hour session of methodology will be added to this schedule.
How are the methodology modules offered?
Methodology is a highly integral part in the General Certification Level 3 (Stage 3) Musicianship&Methodology (Pedagogy) Programme. The module consists of workshops and lecture during the intensive booster course and is followed by a weekly 2-hour tutorial furing the 20-week online training.
In addition, participants of the IKC General Level Stage 2 receive a general introduction to the theory and practice of Kodály-based musical training at the methodology lesson (1 lesson daily).
There is no separate methodology module at the advanced level (stages 4-6), as we are convinced that the musical, technical and pedagogical experiences that can be obtained at these stages help participants to acquire the high-level skills necessary for the training of Kodály teachers.
What does the “workshop-like exam” cover?
The end-of-stage examination will take place within the context of a workshop weekend in a more informal group setting. During this workshop exam, the master teachers will evaluate and assess the participants’ musical skills and teaching skills - if relevant, through various group and individual tasks. The participants of the Teaching Methodology (Pedagogy) Programme are required to submit a teaching portfolio as well. A successful closing exam will result in a corresponding (interim or final) certificate.
In which countries are the courses offered?
The IKC General Programme is currently available through the following institutions:
1. Kodaly Academy of Music (Singapore)
2. Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (Kecskemét, Hungary)
The IKC Advanced Programme is currently offered through the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungary only.
Intensive booster course
What does a booster intensive course cover?
- musicianship – 2 hours daily (min. 7 students in a class)
- methodology – 1 hour daily in Stage 2
- choral singing – 1 hour daily (group lesson)
- choral conducting – 1 hour daily (group lesson)
- vocal training and ensemble singing – 1 hour daily (group lesson)
Teaching Methodology (Pedagogy):
overview of pedagogical materials, teaching and learning strategies according to the Kodály Concept (for those in the programme only) – 2 hours daily
- musicianship 1 / solfège – 1,5 hours (min. 7 students in a class)
- musicianship 2 / harmony and form – 1,5 hours (min. 7 students in a class)
- choral singing – 1 hour daily (group lesson)
- choral conducting and repertory – 1 hour daily (group lesson)
- vocal training and ensemble singing – 1 hour daily (group lesson)
- piano technique – 1 hour daily (individual lesson)
Is attendance compulsory if I have taken a 2-week Kodály seminar before?
As the study material at the IKC Stages differs from the study material used at Kodály Seminars, previous participation in Kodály Seminars cannot be considered a substitute for the IKC intensive booster course.
Is the curriculum available for viewing in advance?
The full curriculum is not shared on this platform for concerns of copyright. Each stage embraces a large selection of Kodály-material, as well as a selection of art and folk music and musicianship exercises that are in harmony with the musical knowledge and musical skill domains participants will obtain at the respective stages. The mock tests give a fair orientation in regard to the content of the material and the expected level of difficulty. The choice of study material is fully adjusted to the musicianship level of the participants at each stage determined by prior musical experiences. At the beginning of the intensive booster course participants will receive a general course outline and a full list of recommended study material. The master teachers follow a scheme based on decades of teaching experience in the field.
Can you give further details of the exam?
The mock tests give a good orientation in regard to the areas of skill development at the different stages. In addition to exercises that assess the skill levels, participants will be expected to learn a fair amount of musical material including Kodály’s pedagogical compositions, musical selections for unison and for part-singing, and sing&play exercises.
When are we informed about the material that we need to prepare for the stage-end exam?
At the beginning of the second 10-week online tutorial, every participant will receive a detailed list of pieces that they need to prepare for the exam.
What if I apply for the exam only?
You can apply for the exam only, however, we strongly recommend taking the full programme of the Stage. In case, for any reason you apply for the exam only, you will be informed about the exam requirements at the same time as the course participants. It will take place 6 months before the exam date. Upon studying the requirements you may decide to apply when the application will be open.
What are the eligibility criteria for Musicianship training?
The IKC Musicianship General Programme Level 1-3 (Stage 1, 2, 3) is open to any musician, music educator and music lover, who wish to systematically develop their musicianship to the highest level possible, including their practical musical skills in the field of music theory (harmonic hearing, sense of form, musical analysis etc.), but regardless of their existing qualification or experience. Applicants who have previously completed Kodály training may be able to enter either at Stage 2 or 3 depending on their prior musical and educational experience, and their level of general musicianship.
The IKC Musicianship Advanced Programme Level 1-3 (Stages 4, 5, 6) is primarily built on the foundations established through the General Programme, but any other registered Kodály Certificate training programmes including relevant training at the Kodály Institute may fulfil the entry requirements. To check the eligibility of your previous certification, please, contact the Kodály Institute at
Those who have not completed such studies but wish to apply to the Advanced Programme (Stage 4), following the results of a mock test, must take an on-line entrance exam in order to be considered.
If you need feedback or guidance regarding your actual musicianship level, you may try one of our mock tests which serve as a sample demonstration of the requirements of Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. This will give you a general idea of your standard in relation to the content of the programme.
What are the eligibility criteria for Musicianship & Pedagogy training?
The IKC Teaching Methodology (Pedagogy) Programme is only available for music teachers with relevant 3rd level qualifications and experience and is connected to the IKC Programme (General) Stage 3.
Registration is possible either for the Musicianship Programme or for the joint Musicianship and Teaching Methodology (Pedagogy) Programme. Please note that Teaching Methodology (Pedagogy) cannot be taken independently from the Musicianship.
Can I skip any of the Stages?
Applicants who have previously completed a registered and certified Kodály training may be able to enter the IKC General Programme at Stage 2 or 3 depending on their prior musical and educational experiences and their level of general musicianship.
Should this be the case, at the full responsibility of the applicant, all supporting documents of previously completed studies in the field must be attached to the application. The decision will be made by the admission panel of the IKC intensive booster course within 2 weeks from the application deadline.
However, none of the stages of the IKC Advanced Programme Level 1-3 (Stages 4, 5, 6) can be skipped, it must be completed in the framework of a three-year-long programme. This programme is primarily built on the foundations obtained through the IKC General Programme Level 1-3 (Stage 1, 2, 3), but any other registered Kodály Certificate training programmes including relevant training at the Kodály Institute may fulfill the entry requirements. To check the eligibility of your previous certification, please, contact the Kodály Institute at
What are the mock tests for?
The mock tests have been compiled with the goal to enable those interested in this certification and training program to assess their current level of general musical skills and musical knowledge (musicianship). This form of assessment is focusing on skill and knowledge domains that can be successfully acquired during a Kodály-based music training. Based on the test results users can formulate decisions about their most suitable level for the exam or the training programme. If you feel that your skill level is somewhere between two stages we suggest that you consider whether you are in the position of being able to devote extra time to fill any gaps that you may have or you would rather choose to progress at a more comfortable pace.
Date and place, deadlines
How do I find out about the date and place of the courses?
Visit the relevant section of the IKC site at https://kodalyhub.com/courses
How can I apply?
You can apply online. Upon selecting the course best fitting to your interest, actual knowledge level, place of residency and time preferences, open the course and click on the green Apply now button at the bottom left corner of the page to open the application platform.
What happens to my application?
Upon submitting the relevant materials and information the admission panel will decide on your enrolment in 2 weeks’ time following the application deadline.
Do I have to pay at the time of the application?
No, you pay upon receiving the Letter of Acceptance that will contain all information about the payment, too.
How do I apply for the exam only?
You can apply online, and select the relevant exam from the published list under https://kodalyhub.com/courses.
What is the tuition fee?
Upon selecting the relevant course from the published list under https://kodalyhub.com/courses, you will find the respective tuition fee at the end of the course description.
Does an application fee apply?
Yes, there is a 20€ application fee for all applicants. The fee is to be paid together with the payment of the tuition fee.
How can I make the payment?
You can pay via bank transfer and online, details will be communicated in your Letter of Acceptance.
Can I pay in installments for the full programme?
Yes, you can, in a maximum of 4 installments. For details, please, contact