Kodály Institute

Kodály Institute of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas at Lamar University

June 11 - June 30, 2017

Endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

The Kodály Institute of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas provides an in-depth study of the Kodály Approach to music education pioneered by Hungarian pedagogue Zoltán Kodály. This summer, we are offering Levels I and III, with attention to concept sequencing and lesson planning for kindergarten and first grade music classrooms (Level I) and for fourth and fifth grade music classooms (Level III).  If you have completed Levels I and II at another program and would like to finish Level III here, please contact the program director.

Comprehensive musicianship through sight-singing, ear training, keyboard, and written skills in the pentatonic scale system will be developed. The program will also include collecting and analyzing song materials, conducting, choral ensemble, and special topics.

Participants will receive further information regarding book lists, housing, and other details upon registration.

May be taken for CPE credit as in-service training sponsored by Texas Education Agency. May be taken for 6 hours of graduate or undergraduate credit.

Program Tuition

Participants may attend the Kodaly Institute through the Organization of American Kodály Educators certification program (tuition is $1150) or by taking a class for graduate or undergraduate credit through Lamar University.

Approximate Costs for Graduate Credit

PLEASE NOTE: Exact costs not available at time of posting.  Contact program director after April 10 for exact figures.

Texas Residents
$1368 for 3 credit hours
$2600 for 6 credit hours

Louisiana Residents
$1458 for 3 credit hours
$2780 for 6 credit hours

*Undergraduate students within 12 hours of graduation may enroll for graduate credit.

TEA CPE Credit: Available for no additional fee

Housing: On-campus housing is available for $50/night. Please contact program director for further information.

Scholarships Available

1) Texas Music Educators Association offers graduate scholarships for Texas in-service teachers. Deadline: November 16. 
2) If you are an alumnus of McNeese State University, scholarship assistance for a portion or the entirety of the program fee is available (call 337-475-5588).
3) Through the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Deadline: February 1.

Enrollment Deadlines

  • May 1 (new LU students seeking credit hours)
  • May 15 (certification and current LU students)

Enrollment will still be accepted after these dates if space is available. Contact program director for more information.


Participants registering for OAKE Certification Program only should register by May 15 by sending the registration form with payment of a $150 non-refundable deposit in order to ensure enrollment in the course. Do not send forms to the music department.

The balance of the OAKE Certification Program fee ($1000) is due by June 5.

PLEASE NOTE: No payments will be accepted by the music department. Please contact program director, Dr. Charlotte Mizener, if you have questions or need more information.

Participants who desire graduate course credit must apply through the Be a Cardinal website and complete the Lamar University registration process by May 1. Please contact program director, Dr. Mizener, for further information. 

Faculty Bios

Ann Eisen

A retired music teacher from Lake Charles, LA., Ann Eisen owns Sneaky Snake Publications. She is coauthor, with Lamar Robertson, of An American Methodology and From Folk Songs to Masterworks, both widely used to teach Kodály educators. She has taught in Kodály Certification courses at universities throughout the US and presented sessions and master classes at local, state, and national OAKE conferences.

Kari Proksch

Kari Proksch teaches music at St. Margaret Catholic School in Lake Charles, LA and is the Artistic Director of Les Petites Voix community chorus for children. She received a Diploma in Music Pedagogy from the Franz Liszt Academy: Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary and has presented workshops on the local, state and national levels.