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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Exploration of Kodály Pedagogy


June 24-June 28, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until February 16.


Learn the practical application of Kodály-influenced teaching in this hands-on course for elementary music educators. During this week-long course you will create resources, gather high-quality repertoire, and create concept and yearly plans to help simplify and strengthen your planning and instruction during the school year. While the basics of the philosophy and history of Zoltán Kodály will be discussed, this course will focus mainly on the practical application of Kodály-influenced pedagogy in a modern elementary classroom through a culturally-responsive lens.

This course meets in person from 8AM-5PM at VanderCook College of Music.

Required Materials:

  • A440 tuning fork
  • Staff paper

Housing Information


Chat Session

This course meets in person. Class Dates: (Every class will meet from 8:00AM to 5:00PM CST. at VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S Federal St. Chicago, IL 60616)



Required Text(s)

Required Texts:

  • Erdei, P., & Komlós Katalin. (1974). 150 American Folk Songs to Sing, Read, and Play. Boosey & Hawkes. ISBN 978-0-913932-04-9
  • Brumfield, S. (2014). First, We Sing!: Kodály-Inspired Teaching for the Music Classroom. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-1-4308-3982-8
  • Kodály, Z. (2004). 333 Reading Exercises. Boosey & Hawkes. 

Required Materials:

  • A440 tuning fork
  • Staff paper

Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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Bryson Tarbet

Bryson Tarbet teaches K-6th grade general music just outside of Columbus, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University as well as a Master of Music in Music Education from Capital University. He also holds Kodály certification from the Kodály Institute at Capital University. Bryson serves as the instructional coach behind That Music Teacher, an online music education organization creating content-specific professional development for elementary music educators. Having spent his first year out of undergrad working in various roles supporting students with disabilities outside of the music classroom, Bryson is passionate about creating accessible classrooms and removing barriers to accessing music education for all students. While Bryson considers himself a Kodály-influenced educator, his philosophy of music education is always developed through a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion on a variety of levels. At his core, Bryson believes that music truly is for everyone and has made it his mission to help empower other music educators to allow their classrooms to be a place where all students are able to have successful musical experiences.
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