Dr. Mícheál B. Houlahan
Dr. Mícheál B. Houlahan
Chairperson and Professor
Office: VPAC 206
Micheál Houlahan is a Professor of music theory and aural skills and Chair of the Department of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from University College Dublin, Ireland he was awarded an Irish Arts Council Scholarship for graduate studies in Hungary and a Fulbright Scholarship for doctoral studies at the Catholic University of America in the United States. Additionally, his research has been supported by an International Research Exchange Grant awarded through the National Endowment of the Humanities. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory with a minor in Kodály Studies from The Catholic University of America, a Kodály Diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music/Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Hungary and the Kodály Center of America, and Fellowships in Piano Performance from Trinity College and London College of Music, London. Along with his administrative and editorial board responsibilities, he has lectured extensively on music theory and Kodály studies in Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Netherlands, and England.
Dr. Houlahan writes in collaboration with Dr. Tacka. Their collaboration has yielded numerous books, chapters in books and articles. Their most recent publications include the "Zoltán Kodály" entry in Oxford Bibliographies Online (2012) and the chapter "From Sound to Symbol: A New Pitch for Developing Aural Awareness" in Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2013). Books and articles include, Kodály in the Kindergarten Classroom: Developing the Creative Brain in the 21st Century (2014), Kodály Today: A Cognitive Approach to Music Education and From Sound to Symbol: Fundamentals of Music (2011) all published by Oxford University Press. Additional publications include Sound Thinking: Music for Sight- Singing and Ear Training (Volumes I & II), and Sound Thinking: Developing Musical Literacy (Volumes I & II both published by Boosey & Hawkes). Zoltan Kodály: A Guide to Research (Garland Publishing Inc., London, New York) is their comprehensive reference work. Articles appear in the Kodály Envoy, The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, The International Journal of Musicology, The Indiana Theory Review, and the International Kodály Society Bulletin. Dr. Tacka and Dr. Houlahan are authors of the Kodály article, bibliography and catalogue of compositions in Millennium Edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians.