Micheál Houlahan


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Elected November 2019, term ends November 2022

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 (Dublin City University) Ireland, he was awarded an Irish Arts Council Scholarship for graduate studies in Hungary and a Fulbright Scholarship for doctoral studies in the United States. An International Research Exchange Grant awarded through the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported his research. Professor Houlahan has lectured extensively on music theory and music education in Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Netherlands, and England. His recent publications include “Kodály in the Kindergarten Classroom: Developing the Creative Brain in the 21st Century” (Oxford University Press, 2015) and “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). Other book publications include From Sound to Symbol: Fundamentals of Music, Second Edition (2011) and Kodály Today: A Cognitive Approach to Music Education, Second Edition (2015), both published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Houlahan has served NASM as member and Chair of the Committee on Ethics.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory degree 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.

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Posted December 2019