Summer Graduate Music Program
Lakeland University’s Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program is designed with the practicing music educator in mind:
The on-campus program will take place June 24 - July 5 at Lakeland’s scenic main campus in Sheboygan, WI.
Credit-bearing workshops will also be offered throughout the year.
Dr. Franklin Gallo
Chair, Master of Music in Music Education - Kodály Emphasis
Dr. Franklin Gallo (b. 1977) 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, and 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 has held faculty positions at Shepherd University, The Hartt School, and at DePaul University, as well as in numerous public schools. Dr. Gallo also served as summer faculty at DePaul University, Duquesne University, Westminster Choir College, Holy Family College, and now Lakeland University. At Lakeland, Dr. Gallo serves as the Chair of the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program.
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, Dr. Gallo'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. Dr. 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.
Articles by Dr. Gault have been published in various music education periodicals, including the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, General Music today, the Kodály Envoy, the Orff Echo, and the American Dalcroze Journal.
In addition to his duties with the Music Education Department at Indiana University where he is an associate professor of music (music education) in the Jacobs School of Music, Dr. Gault serves as the program director for the Indiana University Children’s Choir where he conducts the Allegro Choir. He is a past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton
Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, Director of Graduate Music and Director of Advancement for the School of Humanities and Fine Arts at Lakeland University, is an award-winning soprano who has performed on the operatic and concert stage. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Luther College. Dr. Ware Carlton has taught vocalists at the collegiate, secondary and elementary levels. Her articles on vocal pedagogy, private studio management and other topics have appeared in national publications. Prior to beginning her work at Lakeland University, Dr. Ware Carlton taught at Holy Family College in Manitowoc, WI, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus.
Dr. Ware Carlton conducted a major survey of vocal pedagogues to assess the current use of science and imagery in vocal studios, and published her findings in the Journal of Singing. She has presented these findings at the CMS National Convention, the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, the Voice Foundation’s 40th Annual Symposium, the Phenomenon of Singing Symposium held in Newfoundland, Canada, and the Andover Educators Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Ware Carlton is a licensed Andover Educator and teaches the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body.” She is an in-demand guest presenter on Body Mapping throughout the Midwestern United States.
As director of the graduate music program, Dr. Ware Carlton serves as advisor to students in the Kodály Certificate Program and Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program.
Dr. Rachel Grimsby
Rachel is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Illinois State University. Rachel has over fifteen years of experience teaching elementary general music. Her research interests, while varied, are centered in teaching music to students with disabilities. Rachel is the co-author of three publications; First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk, Conversational Recorder, and also has been published in the Orff Echo, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and most recently Research Studies in Music Education. Rachel is fully certified in Feierabend, Kodály, Orff, and holds GIML Elementary I and II certificates. Rachel is a member of AERA, AOSA, GIML, NAfME, and ECMMA. She lives with her husband and two children in Bloomington, Illinois.
Dr. Loneka Wilkinson Battiste
Loneka Wilkinson Battiste is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She taught elementary general music, and elementary, middle and high school choir classes for four years. She is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for elementary and middle school honor choirs. Her scholarly interests include culturally responsive teaching in music education and multicultural education in music education.She currently serves as a member of both the Academic Citizenship Committee and the Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion of the College Music Society, and as Co-Chair of both the Education Section and the Crossroads Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology. She recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil where she studied the musical genre coco. Her research interests include world music pedagogy, culturally responsive teaching in music education, and multicultural education in music education.
Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in Pune, India. She was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. She graduated with her second master’s degree and K-12 certification from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago.
Manju is the Lower School Music Teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. She is president elect for ILMEA elementary general music division, vice president-elect DEI of AOSA, past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter and is a certified Orff Schulwerk Levels Teacher Instructor. She is a certified Arts Integration specialist. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago where she teaches curriculum design and elementary methods graduate and undergraduate courses. Her continuing teaching education courses, on campus and online, include Culturally Responsive Music Education, Technology, Arts Integration, Curriculum Development, Responsive Classroom, and Redesigning Teaching and Learning for 21st Century.
She is a frequent clinician at various state, national, and international conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and the Journal of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today’s Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.
The Kodály philosophy of music education centers around folk song as the root of a child’s musical experience and the central pathway to musical learning, and also incorporates movement and socialization activities such as dance to engage students with their peers. The values of the Kodály approach include:
To be considered for admission into the Master of Music in Music Education Program at Lakeland University, an applicant must submit:
Submit all materials to:
Lakeland University – Sheboygan Center
W3718 South Drive, Plymouth WI, 53073
For new students, the program director, Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, will contact you following completion of your application process to assist with registration.
Registration for classes beginning in Summer 2024 will open February 12, 2024.
Students will need to complete the following Benchmark Requirements before they are permitted to register for 9 or more program credits (Students will typically complete these requirements before their second summer in the program):
Recorded submissions for the performance exam, teaching demonstration, and conducting demonstration may be e-mailed to the program director, Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton (CarltonRJ@lakeland.edu).
Scholarships are available for students within the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program and the OAKE Endorsed Kodály Certificate program.
The Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis degree program is financial aid eligible.
Kodaly Summer Graduate Music Scholarships
Lakeland University awards a limited number of scholarships each year for students who have been accepted to either the Kodaly Certificate program or the Master of Music in Music Education: Kodaly Emphasis program. Scholarships are applied each summer a student registers for no less than six graduate credits that are applicable to program completion. Students who receive a scholarship will not need to reapply each summer, provided that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed below. (NOTE: Scholarships are not applied during the fall or spring terms. Students who have less than six credits remaining in the program during their final summer of study will not receive a prorated scholarship.)
To be and remain eligible a for an award, an accepted student must enroll in no less than six graduate credits that are applicable to program completion in the summer, have earned at least a 3.0 from their undergraduate institution, and maintain a record of academic excellence at Lakeland University with a GPA of no lower than a 3.0. Awards will renew automatically each summer so long as the eligibility requirements listed above continue to be met.
Scholarship Application Process
To apply for a degree, please complete the following steps:
Total: 34 credits
*credits vary for special topics courses
Sample Program Schedule
|Time||Summer I||Credits||Summer II||Credits||Summer III||Credits|
|8 - 10 a.m.||Kodály Methods I*||2||Kodály Methods II*||2||Choral Literature and Advanced Conducting II*||2|
|10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.||Solfege I*||2||Solfege II*||2||Solfege III*||2|
|12:15 - 1:15 p.m.||Lunch||-||Lunch||-||Lunch||-|
|1:15 - 2:15 p.m.||Choir*||1||Choir*||1||Choir*||1|
|2:30 - 4:30 p.m.||Folk Song History and Research I*||2||Research in Music Education****||||Kodály Methods III*||2|
|4:30 - 5:15 p.m.||Dinner||-||Dinner||-||Dinner||-|
|5:15 - 6:30 p.m.||Choral Conducting Techniques I*||1||Folk Song History and Research II*||1||Vocal Pedagogy for Music Educators* / Capstone**||1|
|Pick summer||Philosophical Foundations and Current Perspectives in Music Education**||3||Philosophical Foundations and Current Perspectives i Music Education**||3||Philosophical Foundations and Current Perspectives i Music Education**||3|
|Special topics||See Orff Schulwerk and/or Workshop page for details***||1-5||See Orff Schulwerk and/or Workshop page for details***||1-5||See Orff Schulwerk and/or Workshop page for details***||1-5|
* Offered during on-campus residency, limited assignments may extend beyond two-week course meeting times
** Online course offered in 7-week term prior to on-campus residency program
**** Online course that takes place during final 7-weeks of summer term, overlaps with on-campus residency, meeting times may be scheduled with cohort over lunch or other program break times.
"While the workload is intense, I learned SO much! I have loved all of the faculty, and everyone was so welcoming and worked to help keep us on track."
"Classes and faculty on campus exceeded expectations. I cannot wait to come back next year."
"I love the community at Lakeland; professors and cohort members work together to create a meaningful learning experience. I can go back to my classroom with materials I can implement starting on the first day that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of my students."
"I can't believe how much I've seen my skills improve and strengthen in the last two weeks. It is not an exaggeration to say that I'm hearing music in a whole new way. Overall, it has been an incredible experience this summer and I can already see how my musical and pedagogical skills have been transformed by this program"
"Overall, my experience was really great this summer. The faculty was amazing - there was always a lot of positivity, kindness, and a willingness to help if needed on assignments or understanding content. The workload I thought was fair, and the content overall was relevant and useful."
Lakeland University is a historic institution of innovation. Music has always been a part of its history.
“We are truly honored to receive this special program and we look forward to taking it to new heights,” said Lakeland President Beth Borgen. “Music is an important part of Lakeland’s long history, from the summer music camp we’ve hosted for more than 60 years to the legacies of influential music faculty members like Henry Ellerbusch, Edgar Thiessen, Lew Schmidt and Janet Herrick.”
Lakeland University is a liberal arts institution related to the United Church of Christ. Lakeland University’s main campus is located in scenic Sheboygan, WI. Lakeland offers evening and online courses through centers in Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Rapids, Fox Cities and Green Bay. Lakeland also has an international campus located in Tokyo, Japan.
The Kodály Summer Graduate Music program will take place on the main campus in Sheboygan. Program participants will enjoy the picturesque campus including the newly renovated Younger Family Campus Center which houses the Main Dining Hall, Muskie Mart, Daily Grind coffee shop, and The Pub restaurant.
Lakeland University is a liberal arts institution whose main campus is located in the summer vacation destination of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Lakeland’s main campus is located near the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, the quaint village of Elkhart Lake, and the Bratwurst Capital of the World, Sheboygan boasts world-class lodging and spas, charter fishing, a top motorsports race track, miles of bike trails, and so much more.
Students in the program will enjoy Lakeland’s peaceful and idyllic main campus which features beautiful landscaping and walking trails along with numerous quiet areas to study and gather with fellow students to study and socialize. Students will enjoy the newly renovated Younger Family Campus Center which houses the Main Dining Hall, Muskie Mart, Daily Grind coffee shop, and The Pub restaurant.
Students will be housed in Muehlmeier Hall which is conveniently located near Verhulst Center (where many music classes will take place) and the Younger Family Campus Center (where classes and meals will be served.) Muehlmeier Hall provides resident support functions including front desk area, vending, popular lounge spaces, kitchenettes, study rooms, gender-neutral bathrooms, laundry facilities, recycling centers, bottle-filling station and more. Each building has a basement to provide resident storage space.
Required textbooks will be available for purchase through the Lakeland University Bookstore. You will be able to view required textbooks at the Lakeland University Bookstore’s website in the spring of 2023 when registration opens.
A course fee of $40 will be applied to those registering for Choral Ensemble for 0 or 1 credit. This fee covers the purchase of your choral music. You will receive your packet of music at the start of the program.
For questions about course textbooks, please contact Dr. Franklin Gallo at email@example.com.
Students will enjoy an immersive experience with plenty of time in the classroom and engaging in learning activities outside of class each day. While the program is intense, there are plenty of opportunities to socialize and develop professional relationships with your colleagues. Social opportunities such as the annual Creampuff Cookout and celebratory Champagne Reception following the annual Choral Concert are examples of planned social activities to develop relationships and celebrate as a community.
May I contact someone with questions?
Is this program beneficial for those teaching in instrumental classrooms?
Absolutely! The Kodály Concept of music education is beneficial and directly applicable for teachers in instrumental classrooms. While many program participants teach in general and choral classrooms, each year a good number of teachers who teach in instrumental settings participate in the program in pursuit of their Master of Music and/or their OAKE endorsed Kodály Certificate. This number has increased in recent years, as more instrumental teachers are drawn to the core tenents of the Kodály method to music education. One recent student created a curriculum for 5th grade band based entirely upon the Kodály Concept. She has presented her work at numerous state and national conferences.
Ethan Zick, a WI based educator and recent program graduate, said this: What surprised me about this program was its relevance to my teaching in instrumental music. Whether in band or orchestra, understanding the Kodály method through this program allows the instructor to fully understand the value of familiar, approachable folk music in educational repertoire. The instructor is also able to help students better understand the functionality of pitches and melody as opposed to arbitrarily matching notes to fingerings, which I find especially important for beginning students. This program overall has given me a deeper understanding of how instrumental students can understand their music at a more meaningful level.
Do you need to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended?
Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály emphasis students and Kodály Certificate students need to submit official transcripts from their undergraduate degree conferring institution. Official transcripts for any graduate credits earned must also be submitted if you would like the credits considered for transfer. Transcripts should be sent directly to Lakeland University – Admissions. For questions, please contact Jane Bouch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is food available?
Yes! Meal plans are available.
Are scholarships available?
Scholarships are available for students in the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis and the Kodály Certificate programs. Please see the scholarship tabs above for information on how to apply, or contact Jane Bouche at email@example.com for assistance. Scholarship applications are due by May 1, 2024.
Is the program financial aid eligible?
Financial aid is only available to students in the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by May 1. For information about financial aid, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the dates for the Summer Graduate Music program?
The in-person residency program for the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program and OAKE-Endorsed Kodály Certificate program will be June 24-July 5, 2024.
Lakeland's Orff Schulwerk Certification program will take place July 8 – 19.
Please see the Special Topics/Workshop courses page for a complete listing of Special Topics offerings, including Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) course offerings.
Can I apply credits from the Orff Schulwerk or Special Topics/Workshop courses, to the Master of Music degree?
Can I apply credits from the Orff Schulwerk certification program or Special Topics/Workshop courses, including Feierabend Associate for Music Education courses, to the Master of Music degree?
Yes! You may apply up to 5 credits of coursework from any of Lakeland’s offerings within the Orff Schulwerk or Special Topics/Workshop courses. NOTE: Courses must be taken for credit to be applied to the MM program.
I am a current student – the courses above look different. How do changes to the program format impact me?
I am a current student – the courses listed above look different than what was required when I started. How do changes to the program format impact me?
Current students will have the option to update their catalog year to complete the program with the updated requirements, or they may choose to complete the program as outlined when they first enrolled. Please contact the program director, Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton (CarltonRJ@lakeland.edu) to make the best choice for you.
May I transfer graduate credits?
It may be possible to transfer some of your graduate credits. The Program Director and the Office of the Registrar will review your transcripts and other relevant course materials, such as syllabi, for possible transfer. Credits must be evaluated for transfer prior to the start of the program. For questions, please contact program director Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton at CarltonRJ@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1000 ext. 3103.
What type of clothing should I pack? What else should I bring?
There is no required dress code for the program, however students are encouraged to dress comfortably as movement will be integrated in a number of classes. It is helpful to note that as a member of the choral ensemble, you will participate in a choral concert on the last Thursday of the program. You are encouraged to bring something semi-formal that you would feel comfortable wearing on stage for a performance.
For the best experience, students are encouraged to consider signing up for a meal plan. Meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner M-F each day of the program.
Students are asked to bring a tuning fork.
The Kodály Summer Graduate Music program moved to Lakeland University from Holy Family College (formerly Silver Lake College of the Holy Family) where it was begun by Sister Lorna Zemke. Sister Lorna began her career working alongside Katinka Daniel on a Kodály pilot program in Santa Barbara, CA. She went on to become an initial founder of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, and Association of Wisconsin Area Kodály Educators. Sister Lorna directed the Kodály Summer Graduate Music program at Holy Family College for more than 40 years. Check out the links below to learn more.
While still housed at Holy Family College in 2014, the Kodály Certification program came under the direction of Dr. John Feierabend. Dr. Feierabend taught in the program for more than 40 years and retired from the program in 2022. Lakeland continues to offer affiliated with the Feierabend Association for Music Education as a part of its Special Topics/Workshop course offerings.
The program’s legacy of bringing leading faculty from around the globe each summer continues to this day. By enrolling in this program, students build on a rich legacy that can trace its roots back to Sister Lorna, Katinka Daniel, and even Zoltan Kodály. Be a part of history.
The Kodály Summer Graduate Music program is a premiere experience for our students.
It is designed for elementary, secondary, and independent music teachers who are seeking to grow their pedagogical, personal musicianship, and research skills. The program faculty are leaders in the field of music education and provide an experience that is joyful, supportive, and immensely meaningful.
Your support of this program affords scholarship opportunities that in turn bring these attributes and program expertise back to their own students and schools.
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Lakeland University is proud to launch the Graduate Music Webinar Series. This series will explore a wide variety of topics related to Kodály pedagogy. Click the link below and fill out the form to see upcoming webinars and to receive access to the previously recorded events.