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 St. Patrick’s College, National University of 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 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. In March, 2016, he was awarded the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Houlahan writes in collaboration with Dr. Tacka. Their collaboration has yielded numerous books, chapters in books and articles. Their most recent publications Oxford University Press publications include, Kodály Today: A Cognitive Approach to Music Education (second edition.2015); Kodály in the Kindergarten: Developing the Creative Brain in the 21st Century (2015), Kodály in the First Grade Classroom (2015), Kodály in the Second Grade Classroom (2015), Kodály in the Third Grade Classroom (2015), Kodály in the Fourth Grade Classroom (2015), Kodály in the Fifth Grade Classroom (2015), 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). From Sound to Symbol: Fundamentals of Music (2011) 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 the Millennium Edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians as well as for Oxford Bibliographies Online.