"The characteristics of a good musician can be summarized as follows: 1. A well-trained ear. 2. A well-trained intelligence. 3. A well-trained heart. 4. A well-trained hand. All four must develop together, in constant equilibrium. As soon as one lags behind or rushes ahead, there is something wrong. So far most of you have met only the requirement of the fourth point: the training of your fingers has left the rest far behind. You would have achieved the same results more quickly and easily, however, if your training in the other three had kept pace."
-- Zoltan Kodály
The mission of the Kodály philosophy is "Music literacy for all." Building upon that, KAKE's mission is to provide training and resources for teachers to take that philosophy into the classroom in a practical way. KAKE strives to provide techniques in vocal and instrumental music, movement, and ear training for teachers in order to encourage musicianship and literacy in all music classrooms.
The Kodály Institute of Kentucky at Morehead State University is the only Kodály training program in the state and the most affordable program in the region due in part to housing fees that have traditionally been less than $15 per night. The university offers a Master of Music in conjunction with the summer Kodály levels training. Students can early 15 hours toward a Master's degree in three 2-week summer sessions. The remainder of the degree can be completed online and during the summer, giving teachers the opportunity to pursue the degree while continuing to teach.