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Kodály Certification Training*: Levels I, II, III; Choral Track Levels I and II

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The SMU Music Educators Workshops are annual professional development and learning opportunities offered for music educators and students of music through the Music Division of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The Music Division of Meadows is an accredited institutional member of both the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools.

Adult students who earn graduate credit for participation in the Music Educators Workshops may apply the credit to a Master of Music in Music Education degree, once accepted into the masters program.

Learn more about the Master of Music in Music Education.

The Kodály approach of music education is based on the work of Hungarian composer, educator, philosopher and ethnomusicologist, Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967). It is now used widely throughout the world to train musicianship in children and adults. Kodály-inspired instruction uses a carefully organized sequence of musical elements and concepts taught through developmentally appropriate song materials and musical activities. Using high-quality traditional folk music as the initial core musical material, Kodály-inspired musician educators engage their students in joyful, sequential, developmentally-appropriate, child-centered, and interactive sound-based instruction. Through this instruction, students are exposed to systematically graded, properly paced presentation to assimilate ideas organized according to the inner logic of music. Students are guided to discover, articulate, read, write, improvise and create with the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and form in unison singing, part work, creative activities and instrumental work, while developing skills in movement, listening, memory, inner hearing and conducting. Instruction is directed toward providing students with skills requisite to writing what they hear and sing (dictation), as well as hearing and singing what they read (sight reading).

Dates: June 30 – July 17 weekdays (No classes will be held July 4).
Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Banquet: A celebratory banquet will be held Wednesday July 16.
Noncredit Cost: $800.00
Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $1,500.00 for 3 hours of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
Housing Cost: $1,050 for single; $800 for double (includes breakfast each morning)

Kodály Faculty: Kendall Allen, Gay Baker deMontel, László Durányik, Lenke Igo, Cecile Johnson, Kathy Kuddes, Kristin Moore

Kendall “Kenny’ Allen works as the lower school music teacher at the International School of Helsinki in Finland. Prior to teaching aboard, he worked as a music specialist in Plano ISD for ten years. During his career in PISD, he directed the Plano Children’s Chorale (PCC), which performed as an exhibition choir at the Texas Music Educators Conference in 2007 and the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference in 2010, for seven years. In 2008, he was selected as one of the top five elementary teachers in Plano ISD, receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award. Kenny regularly serves as a guest conductor and clinician for elementary honor choirs and enjoys presenting workshops on elementary music literacy, pedagogy, and choral music. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and completed Kodály certification from the University of North Texas. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in Educational Administration.

Gay Baker deMontel is the music specialist in Port Aransas, Texas, where she has designed and implemented a Kodály-inspired curriculum. Previously, Gay held teaching positions in Kerrville and Plano ISDs, where she was a director of the Plano Children’s Chorale. She earned a Bachelors degree from Southwest Texas State University and completed her Kodály certification in the Round Top Program at Festival Hill. Gay is a member of OAKE and TMEA and is a past board member of Kodály Educators of Texas. She has taught Kodály training courses through Plano ISD, University of North Texas and Westminster Choir College and has presented numerous workshops involving repertoire and pedagogy, beginning dulcimer, folk dancing and play parties.

László Durányik is a graduate of Teacher’s Training College in Nyíregyháza, Hungary and of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, with degrees in music, mathematics, musicology and conducting. Following his tenure as the conductor of the Cantemus Boys’ Choir in Nyíregyháza, he began his current position as solfège teacher and choir director at the Kodály Music School in Kecskemét, Hungary. He is the founder of three award-winning choirs at the original Kodály School: Miraculum Children’s Choir, Aurin Girls’ Choir, and Aurin Female Choir. László has given lectures at a number of international Kodály seminars and has worked as a guest conductor in Australia, South Korea, Scotland, England, the USA, and Estonia. His work was rewarded with a Kodály prize in 2005, a Csokonai prize in 2007, a Talents Managements Award, and a County Art Award in 2013.

Lenke Igo is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary and a former director of the Hungarian Radio and Television Children's Chorus. Currently, she teaches theory and solfège at the preparatory school for the Liszt Academy, the Bela Bartók Conservatory of Music. She retired from her post as Conducting Professor at Eötvös University in Budapest in 2009. Lenke is a master teacher of the Kodály approach, having taught courses and conducted choirs throughout the United States, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, Canada, Korea, and Hungary.

Cecile Johnson holds degrees in music education from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts and the University of Northern Iowa and earned her Certification in Kodály Studies at the University of North Texas. She is retired from 39 years of public school teaching, the last 25 at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. She is currently a consultant with Rhythm Bee,Inc. and will be working on general music and Kodaly- inspired rhythm and melodic reading materials for the classroom based on core repertoire and meant to enhance sight-reading skills. Cecile is a Southern Division Past- President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), served on the planning committee for the 2002 OAKE Conference in San Antonio and was National Program Chair for the 2010 OAKE Conference in Dallas. She has published articles for a variety of music education journals, presented conference sessions and workshops around the country and is a Past-President of the Kodály Educators of Texas (KET).

Brenda Keen has taught 16 of her 20 years in elementary music in Plano ISD. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Kodály certificate from the University of North Texas. Brenda has taught Pedagogy at the Plano ISD Kodály certification program for 4 years, and has presented at TCDA, conducting a choral reading session and a session on singing games in the elementary classroom. Brenda has directed many school and church choirs, and has been a director of the Plano Children's Chorale. Brenda has sponsored over 180 singers in the North Texas Children's Choir, and over 60 of her students have been selected for the OAKE National Honor Choirs. She was named the Metroplex Children's Choir Teacher of the Year in 2003, and Teacher of the Year for Hightower Elementary in 2006. She was recently awarded the North Texas Children’s Choir Teacher/Leader Award for 2014. She served 3 years on the National Children's Choir Committee for OAKE, 3 years on the Advisory Committee for OAKE, and she is currently serving as Past President of the Kodály Educators of Texas.

Kathy Kuddes is Director of Fine Arts for Plano ISD and the Founder/Coordinator of the Plano Kodály Training Program. She holds degrees in music education from Millikin University in Illinois and the University of North Texas; a Kodály Teacher Training Certificate from the UT/FAME Program at Festival Hill in Round Top; and Texas Supervisor and English as a Second Language Certification. Kathy has taught students from Pre-K through the college graduate level, oversees fine arts programming including music, visual art and theatre, supervised the last two revisions of the Plano ISD Music Curriculum, and was a member of the writing team for the newly revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Music Grades 3-5. Kathy has presented workshops and conference sessions around the United States and beyond, including the conference of the International Kodály Society in Hungary in 2013 and Australia in 2003. She is a past member of the board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) and of Kodály Educators of Texas, is the current secretary/treasurer for the Texas Music Administrators Conference. Kathy was the recipient of the OAKE 2010 Outstanding Administrator Award and the Millikin University 2013 Alumni Merit-Loyalty Award.

Kristin Moore is the music specialist at Brinker Elementary School in Plano ISD, where she teaches Kindergarten through 5th grade students. Kristin received her Bachelor of Music in Music Theory in 2000, and masters degrees in Music Theory and Music Education from Southern Methodist University in 2003. She earned her Kodály certification from the Plano ISD/UNT program and her Orff Schulwerk certification from SMU. This is her 12th year to teach elementary music. She has presented professional development sessions for school districts in Texas and the OAKE National Conference in 2010. Kristin also serves as secretary on the executive board for Kodaly Educators of Texas.

Course Levels Descriptions:

LEVEL I: Pedagogy includes intensive study of Kodály philosophy, principles, pedagogy, and techniques with a particular emphasis on readiness curriculum, repertoire, skills, and strategies for early childhood. A detailed study of American folk music will focus on selection, collection and performance practice of materials from aural traditions appropriate for young children. Musicianship study will include development of aural skills, solfège proficiency, detailed study of pentatony, and basic classroom conducting. A degree in music, music education, or a strong theoretical music background is required for success.

LEVEL II: Pedagogy includes the continued intensive study of materials, techniques, and pedagogy for sequential skill and curriculum development with emphasis on intermediate level concepts and elements for developing musical literacy. The study of folk music materials will continuation the study of various aural traditions and begin the study of pedagogical song analysis. Musicianship study will continue the development of aural skills, intermediate solfège proficiency, detailed study of diatony and church modes, simple functional harmony and intermediate classroom and choral conducting. Prerequisite: Kodály Level I.

LEVEL III: Pedagogy includes the continued intensive study of materials, techniques, pedagogy, lesson and curriculum development with emphasis on upper level concepts and elements, dictation and sight-reading skills. The study of folk music materials will expand to study of performance practices in world music genres and begin the development of song retrieval and indexing system. Musicianship study will included advanced aural skill development, advanced solfège proficiency, functional harmony and advanced classroom and choral conducting. Prerequisite: Kodály Level II.

Choral Track – LEVEL I: Pedagogy includes intensive study of Kodály philosophy, principles, pedagogy, and techniques with particular emphasis on repertoire, skills and strategies for the teaching of musical literacy skills in a choral context. The study of choral materials will focus on selection of quality repertoire for beginning choirs. Musicianship study will include development of aural skills, solfège proficiency, detailed study of pentatony, and basic classroom conducting. A degree in music, music education, or a strong theoretical music background is required for success.

Choral Track – LEVEL II: Pedagogy includes the continued intensive study of Kodály philosophy, principles, pedagogy, and techniques with particular emphasis on repertoire, skills and strategies for the teaching of musical literacy skills in the choral context. The study of choral materials will focus on selection of quality repertoire for intermediate level choirs. Musicianship study will continue the development of aural skills, intermediate solfège proficiency, detailed study of diatony and church modes, functional harmony and intermediate conducting skills. A degree in music, music education, or a strong theoretical music background is required for success. Prerequisite: Kodály Choral Track Level I.

*Note: 100% attendance is required to earn credit and to move on to the subsequent levels of training. Absences will be considered on an individual basis. Due to the intensive nature of this program, which includes daily homework assignments, participants are strongly encouraged to stay on campus and avoid scheduling additional activities during the course.
+This course is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

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