Music Hungary | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Music Hungary


    Honors Program for Music Majors

    Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Hungary

    Are you a music major looking for an exciting study abroad opportunity? Would you like to study at one of the most prestigious music institutions in the world? Capital University has a proud tradition of working with the Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary.

    Zoltán Kodály believed that music education was a lifelong process that begins with training teachers to provide enjoyable musical experiences to students. A good musician should possess a well-trained ear, intelligence, heart and hand. Not only will you study the Kodály philosophy of music, you will also learn about the importance of music in Hungarian culture.

    You’ll both live and learn in Hungarian culture, and may earn up to 21 semester hours of college credit. Capital University is the only school in the United States with a direct exchange program with Kodály. 

    About the City

    Kecskemét is a bustling town of 100,000 people located between the Tisza and Danube rivers, surrounded by forests. The city has natural mineral baths, many restaurants, museums and stores in Art Nouveau, Eclectic and Baroque style buildings. A beautiful Franciscan monastery built in 1736 is the home of the Institute, remodeled from 1973-1975.  

    About the Institute

    The Institute retains much of its 18th century furnishings and atmosphere and attracts many students worldwide. All classes are taught in English, so there is no need for translators or proficiency in the Hungarian language.

    The Kodály Institute is the home of two libraries, with one devoted entirely to research and the other to Zoltán Kodály’s life and music theory. The libraries contain over 22,000 scores and 7,000 books available to all students. Students study piano and voice performance, performance on any instrument, music education, conducting and accompanying.

    With small class sizes and intensive study, you will improve in all areas of music performance and have a broader understanding and appreciation for music. Pianos are located in personal living spaces for extra practice.

    Course Offerings

    • Applied Music
    • Chamber Ensemble
    • Chamber Music
    • Choral conducting and Choral work
    • Conducting
    • Ensemble
    • Folk Music*
    • Hungarian Culture and Language*
    • Methodology*
    • Music Literature
    • Score Study*
    • Solfége and Advanced Theory of Music
    • Piano
    • Voice Training

    Download the PDF with detailed course descriptions

    Student Life

    The student rooms are equipped with a piano and a sound system. Shared restrooms are just down the hall, with washbasins are located in each bedroom. You can prepare your own meals in the common kitchen. Because there are over 15 different countries represented at the Kodály Institute, the students often celebrate various national holidays and festivals together.

    “The best part of studying abroad was meeting new people. There were over 15 different countries represented at the Institute. We learned so much from each other, sharing both a love of music and our own distinct cultures. Living abroad allowed me to connect with so many people who have enriched my life in many ways – It is an experience that I will never forget.” Rachel Mauricio


    When you arrive in Hungary, you’ll attend an orientation to help you adjust to the culture. Enjoy traditional Hungarian food will be served to students at czardas located throughout the city. You’ll learn about the rich history of Hungary including the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the previous period of communism. Some of the cities and attractions you’ll see during orientation:

    • Eger – Town and castle tour, wine tasting of famous bull’s blood wine
    • Opusztaszer – National Historical Memorial Park tour and Panorama painting
    • Kalocsa – Embroidery and Paprika Museum tour
    • Szeged – Salami Museum , Synagogue Tour
    • Sopron – Organ concert
    • Esterházy Palace- known as the “Hungarian Versailles”, court conductor for almost 30 years was Josef Haydn 

    Week and/or Weekend Trips

    One of the advantages of study abroad is the many weekend or weeklong trips you’ll take. You’ll have the option to travel throughout Europe in groups or on your own, depending on how much time and resources you have. Some places to consider:

    • Krakow , Poland – Auschwitz
    • Milan , Venice , Rome , Florence and Piza , Italy
    • Vienna , Austria – city of musicians
    • Prague , Czech Republic – Castle tour

    Personal Expenses

    During the course of the semester, you can expect to spend around $2,300. This amount includes living expenses, weekend trips, and a weeklong vacation and can vary depending on your own spending habits. Keep in mind that countries that use the Euro tend to be more expensive than countries not using it.

    How can you apply?

    The Zoltán Kodály Music Program is open to students from Capital University and other U.S. colleges and universities. Interested sophomore and junior music majors who have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. are eligible to apply. Please include the following materials:

    • A completed application form and Institute Questionnaire
    • Two recommendation forms (one from your applied music professor and one from an additional music professor)
    • An official transcript
    • An essay on why you would like to be involved in the Kodály program
    • A performance audio tape or CD of two contrasting pieces performed on your major instrument
    • Name, email and phone number of a professional reference
    • A musical assessment from your home school – contact for assessment materials

    Once a completed application packet has been received, it will be sent to the Capital University faculty member who supervises the program. Then, a review of the entire application and an aural skills assessment for the student will take place. If you are interested in applying to the Hungary Program through Capital University, please send your application packets to:

    Jennifer Adams 
    Capital University 
    Office of International Education
    1 College and Main
    Columbus, OH 43209-2394
    (614) 236-6170

    Quinton Jones
    Capital University
    Conservatory of Music

    Classes begin in early September and end in mid-December. You can decide when you’d like to return to the United States at the end of the program. You may opt to stay for a second semester in the spring. Please contact Capital University for updated program cost and date information.