Cecilia Vajda Memorial Scholarship

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Cecilia Vajda introduced the Kodály approach to Britain and her teaching has inspired a whole generation of teachers and musicians. The Cecilia Vajda Memorial Scholarship was set up in her memory, to give financial assistance to others who wish to study the Kodály philosophy.
To find out more about Cecilia Vajda please read her Biography

What will the scholarship pay for?
In 2020 the Cecilia Vajda Memorial Scholarship will pay the tuition fees for students attending the British Kodály Academy Summer School , to be held at the University of Nottingham.

Each CVMS scholarship award applies only to the tuition costs. It excludes accommodation and meal costs and any optional extra fees, eg for individual singing or piano lessons.

The costs and amount of the award are still to be finalised for 2020 and will be updated as soon as possible – but, in 2019:

The Summer School accommodation and meal costs charged to a scholarship winner were £330 if taking the cheaper accommodation option for the six nights involved (single bedroom with bathroom shared with one other delegate), £396 if choosing to have a single ensuite bedroom. (For non-resident attendance at the Summer School, the charge to a scholarship winner was be £195 to meet the cost of meals other than breakfast, break refreshments, and site charge for day delegates.)
The tuition costs paid from the CVMS scholarship fund were £439.

Who can apply?
Any person resident in the UK may apply for the Scholarship in 2020.
Those who would benefit from the Cecilia Vajda Memorial Scholarship may include the following:

  • Teachers who are starting out on their careers
  • Teachers who are looking for a ‘next step’ in their Continuing Professional Development
  • Class music teachers, instrumental teachers and non-specialist teachers needing inspiration
  • Students interested in music education

This list is by no means exhaustive and we strongly encourage anyone to apply who feels that they have an interest in furthering their knowledge of Kodály and his philosophy. There may be only one application per person.

What is the process?

  • Closing date for applications: April 2020 (date tbc). Applications to be sent to Jonathan Burgess on  ejburgess1@btinternet.com NB Applications will be acknowledged within 24 hours of receipt. Please contact Jonathan if you have not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours by emailing or telephoning on 020 8392 8868, (or email info@kodaly.org.uk).
  • Shortlisted candidates will arrange a mutually convenient time for a Skype interview with the Chair of the CVMS Panel in April 2020 (date tbc)
  •  All candidates will be informed by e-mail of the result of their application during the 7 days beginning May 2020

The application form comes in two parts:
Personal details and information regarding your Kodály experience. Details of two referees who are willing to support your application are also requested.
A personal statement in support of your application. This may be about your reasons for applying or about any potential effects or benefits that the study will have.
Along with the application form you should also send a current C.V.
All applications will be considered by the Scholarship Panel, which will make recommendations to the Trustees of the BKA.

Download the application form here: (the form for 2020 will be uploaded as soon as the dates have been finalised)

The successful applicant
After the summer school, the successful applicant will be required to submit a second statement to the scholarship panel, supporting the personal statement made in the application, describing experiences at the Summer School and how they have benefited the applicant and his/her future work. This statement will be in the form of an article to be published in the British Kodály Academy newsletter.

Supporting the Cecilia Vajda Memorial Scholarship
We encourage sponsorship and donations in order to support the continuing work of the scholarship. If you feel that you would like to contribute in some way, please download our fundraising letter and donation form.

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