Kodály Certificate – OAKE Endorsed

Summer Graduate Music Programs at Lakeland University

About the Program

Endorsed by the Organization for American Kodály Educators, Lakeland University’s Kodály Certificate program offers comprehensive training in the Kodály Concept of music education. This Certificate program is 20 credits and can be completed in a low-residency, two-week summer program over the course of three summers. To complete the certificate, students must complete all three levels for a total of 20 graduate credits. All credits may apply to Lakeland’s Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis degree progran, 

Summer Graduate Music Programs at Lakeland University

Program Dates

June 24 - July 5, 2024

The on-campus program will take place June 24-July 5 at Lakeland’s scenic main campus in Sheboygan, WI. Students must take one special topics/workshop course for credit during the course of the certification program. Details about 2024 offerings may be found the Special Topics/Workshop page.

Curriculum & Schedule

Endorsed by OAKE, the certificate is 20 credits and can be completed in three summers with two weeks on campus. Students usually take 6.5-7.5 credits each summer.

Course Credits
MU 610 - Kodály Methods I 2
MU 611- Solfege I 2
MU 612 - Folk Song History & Research I 2
MU 613 - Choral Conducting Techniques 1
MU 620- Kodály Methods II 2
MU 621 - Solfege II 2
MU 623 - Folk Song History & Research II 1
MU 630 - Kodály Methods III 2
MU 631- Solfege III 2
MU 632 - Choral Literature & Advanced Conducting 2
MU 680 Special Topics 1
MU 601 - Choral Ensemble 1*

*Students will participate in choir each summer; students will register for credit for one summer, and will register for 0 credits in remaining terms.

June 24 – July 5

8-10 a.m.

  • Kodály Methods I [2]
  • Kodály Methods II [2]
  • 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

1:15-2:15 p.m.

  • Choir [0/1]

2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Folk Song History and Research II [2]
  • Kodály Methods III* [2]

4:30-5:15 p.m.

  • Dinner

5:15-6:30 p.m.

  • Conducting I* [1]
  • Folk Song History and Research II [1]

*Offered during on-campus residency, limited assignments may extend beyond two-week course meeting times

**Special Topics courses that vary; see Orff Schulwerk Certification program page and Workshop page for details. One credit must be completed over the course of three summers.


Lakeland University’s Kodály Certificate program is taught by leaders in the field of music education in an environment that is joyful, supportive and immensely meaningful.

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.


  • MU 631 Solfege III
  • MU 601 Choral Ensemble
  • MU 632 Choral Literature & Advanced Conducting

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.


  • MU 610 Kodály Methods I
  • MU 621 Solfege II

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.


  • Music Educators
  • Program Director & Advisor

Dr. Rachel Grimsby has over fifteen years of experience teaching elementary general music and choir. Her research interests, while varied, are centered in teaching music to students with disabilities, preservice music teacher preparation as it relates to teaching music to students with disabilities, and the relationship between music and language acquisition. Dr. Grimsby has presented practitioner and research sessions at state, national, and international conferences. She has been published in International Journal of Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Qualitative Research in Music Education, Journal of General Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and the Orff Echo. Dr. Grimsby is fully certified in Feierabend, Kodály, Orff, and holds GIML Elementary I and II certificates. She is a member of AERA, ISME, and NAfME. In her free time, Dr. Grimsby enjoys reading, watching movies, gaming, and spending time with her family.


  • MU 620 Kodály Methods II

Dr. Loneka Battiste is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Drawing on 14 years of experience teaching children in school and community settings, she now teaches elementary general and middle school choral methods and graduate courses in music education. She has presented several papers and sessions at local, national, and international conferences and symposia and is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for elementary, middle school, and community choirs. As a former member of the Moses Hogan Chorale and the Moses Hogan Singers, she completed her dissertation entitled “ ‘Music Down in My Soul’: Achieving a Sound Ideal for Moses Hogan Spirituals” in 2014. Her work has been published in the Choral Journal, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Journal of General Music Education, Proceedings of the International Society for Music Education, and General Music: Dimensions of Practice. 

Dr. Battiste’s scholarly interests in music education include multicultural education, culturally responsive teaching, and culturally relevant teaching in national and international contexts. She frequently presents on the artistic style of Moses Hogan, Black music aesthetics, and various musics of the African diaspora. In 2019, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil and studied coco, a musical tradition of the Brazilian northeast, in the Xambá community of Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil. While in Brazil, she gave lectures on African American musics and formed a gospel choir at UFPE. She also gave lectures on culturally responsive teaching at UFPE, Universidade Federal de Paraiba, and Artefatos da Cultura Negra in Ceará. Her relationship with UFPE and the Xambá community is ongoing. Through the University of Tennessee’s Global Catalyst Award, she is building a teaching and research exchange program between UFPE, the Xambá community, and the university’s music education program. In summer of 2023, she presented a plenary session paper at the International Council for Traditional Music Conference in Ghana entitled “Eu Vim de Longe: Africa and Coco da Xambá.” In September 2024, she gave the closing keynote for the Brazilian Music Education Association (ABEM) national conference in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. 

She is the founding director of the Knoxville Opera Children’s Choir and directs the Mount Olive Baptist Church Children’s Choir. She also serves on the Board of the Tennessee Music Education Association as the Society for Music Teacher Education Representative and Research Chair. She has served in various leadership positions in the Society for Ethnomusicology, including Co-Chair of the Education Section, Co-Chair of the Crossroads Section, and Co-Chair of the Gertrude Robinson Network of Scholars.


  • MU 611 Solfege I
  • MU 613 Choral Conducting Techniques
  • MU 630 Kodály Methods III


  • MU 612 Folk Song History and Research I
  • MU 623 Folk Song History and Research II

About the Kodály Approach

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:

  • Every child has a right to musical literacy
  • Singing is the basic act of music-making and is supported by movement, listening, dance, and instrumental performance
  • The folk music of a nation is a primary source of musical repertoire
  • Musical instruction must be systematic, developmentally appropriate, creative, and organized in an explicit sequence from experience to concept, and concept to practical application

Additional Information

Complete a non-degree seeking graduate application by clicking the button below. 

  • Non-degree applicants need to apply at Lakeland.edu/apply and request academic transcripts be sent directly to Lakeland University.
  • Non-degree students who later decide they would like to earn acceptance into a degree program must follow the regular application procedures. At the time of such application, the credits earned as a non-degree student will be reviewed and we will explain how the credits can be used in meeting the degree requirements.
  • Please note, financial assistance is not available for non-degree students.
Apply Now

For new students, the program director will contact you following completion of your application process to assist with registration.

Returning students may login to my.lakeland.edu to register for classes. Please contact Evan Chancellor (chancellore@lakeland.edu) for advising assistance and help with registration.

Registration for classes beginning in Summer 2024 will open February 12, 2024.

Please see the current Academic Catalog for a complete listing of course descriptions.

Tuition for all program courses is $687 per credit. A fee of $40 is applied for MU 601 Choral Ensemble to cover the cost of music and supplies.

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 2024 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 Evan Chancellor, at chancellore@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1000 ext. 2304.


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 program is financial aid eligible.

Lakeland University awards a limited number of scholarships each year for students who have been accepted to either the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program or the OAKE-Endorsed Kodály Certificate 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 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 less than a 3.0. Awards will renew automatically each summer so long as the eligibility requirements listed above continue to be met.

  • Application: Submit your application by May 1, 2024
  • Recommendation: One recommendation form is required to complete your application. You may submit the e-mail address of your recommender by completing this recommendation form request . A copy of the recommendation form will then be sent to your recommender. Please have your recommender fill out an online recommendation form no later than May 1, 2024.

Sheboygan, Wis.

Your Stay on Campus

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 Gring coffee shop, and The Pub restaurant.

immersive experience

Program Events

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

For admissions, scholarship, and financial aid questions, please contact Jane Bouche at boucheja@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1022 ext. 2143.

For course and program-related questions, please contact the program director, Evan Chancellor at chancellore@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1000 ext. 2304.

Yes! In fact, the program is designed so the first summer of both programs are quite similar. Students are encouraged to apply for the Master of Music in Music Education program following the completion of the first summer of the Kodály Certificate program.

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.

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 Bouche at boucheja@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1022 ext. 2143.

Yes! Meal plans are 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 boucheja@lakeland.edu for assistance. Scholarship applications are due by May 1, 2024.

No. The Kodály Certificate program is not financial aid eligible. The Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program is financial aid eligible.

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 course offerings.

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 Evan Chancellor, at chancellore@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1000 ext. 2304.

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.

History Of The Program

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.

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Become A Part Of The History

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.

Summer Graduate Music Program

Webinar Series

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.

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