Kodaly vs. Choral Conducting Master's
Date: August 1, 2012
I've recently moved to the greater D.C. area and am looking to start a summer master's program in 2013 or 2014. I am a general music teacher and I've also had 4 years of church music experience. My career goals are a little fuzzy - I'd really love to work with a higher level children's choir but haven't had much opportunity for that yet. Currently, I'm enjoying teaching general music classes (I just finished my first classroom year) and private piano lessons.
My main question is - should I be looking into a Choral Conducting degree, or a Kodaly certification? I haven't really considered Dalcroze or Orff because they seem to be more limited to simply classroom application, and I'm thinking I might get back into church music or try to find community choir work. I am also not interested in a Master's in Music Ed because my undergrad is in Music Ed.
I have conducted church choir festivals with groups of up to 200 people in front of me, and LOVED it - so I'm not certain that I want to limit myself to only children's music education, either, even though elementary and middle school is easily my favorite age to teach. That said, most of the successful children's choir directors that I've met seem to have Kodaly certificates, and it seems like a really good program to strengthen my vocal teaching and rehearsal technique.
I'd appreciate any insight you could give me into this process of continuing ed!
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