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For further information about SMU Music Educators Workshops, or to register for one of these classes, visit here; or contact Julie Scott at scottj@smu.edu or 214-768-3717; or call the SMU Music Office at 214-768-1951.

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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: July 5-21, weekdays

Times: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

Noncredit Cost: $900.00

Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $1,500.00 for 3 hours of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)

Housing Cost: $1,300 for single; $900 for double (includes breakfast each day)

*Level I is a prerequisite for Level II. Level II is a prerequisite for Level III.

+This course is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Faculty: Kendall Allen, Janell Bjorklund, Gay deMontel, László Durányik, Lenke Igo, Kathy Kuddes, Kristin Moore, and Lori Wagner

Kendall “Kenny” Allen (Kodály) works as the upper elementary school music teacher at the International School of Prague. Prior to teaching in Prague, he worked as a music specialist in Helsinki, Finland for two years and in Plano ISD for ten years. 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. In PISD he directed the Plano Children’s Chorale (PCC), which performed as an exhibition choir at the Texas Music Educators Conference and the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference. In 2015, he was honored to direct the middle school choir festival for the Central and Eastern European Schools in Moscow, Russia. Kenny received his Kodály certification from the University of North Texas/Plano ISD program.

Janell Bjorklund teaches general elementary music for Evanston-Skokie School District 65 in Evanston, Illinois.  She earned her MM in music education from DePaul University and her BM in music education from the University of North Texas. Bjorklund is certified in the Kodály approach through Southern Methodist University / Plano ISD training program and is certified in the Orff Schulwerk approach through DePaul University. Bjorklund has presented her research for poster sessions at the Illinois Music Education Association Annual Statewide Conference and the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference. She teaches pedagogy and materials for DePaul University's Kodály training program and currently serves as vice president of the Chicago Area Kodály Educators and secretary of the Midwest Kodály Music Educators Association.

Gay deMontel (Kodály) is the one and only elementary 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 bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and completed her Kodály certification in the Round Top Program at Festival Hill.  Gay has recently served on the board 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 (Kodály) 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 (Kodály) 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. She was Conducting Professor at Eötvös University in Budapest until her retirement in 2009 and taught theory and solfège at the Bela Bartók Conservatory of Music, the preparatory school for the Liszt Academy, until 2013. Lenke currently teaches classes at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute and is sought after as an adjudicator of choral and solfège competitions throughout Hungary. She is a master teacher of the Kodály approach, having taught courses and conducted choirs throughout Hungary, the United States, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, Canada, and Korea.

Brenda Keen (Kodály) has taught 18 of her 22 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/Plano ISD certification program. Brenda has taught in the Plano ISD Kodály certification program for 6 years and has presented sessions at TCDA, at Plano Senior High School TMEA student meetings, at TCU, and for KET on several occasions. She has directed many school and church choirs, including the Plano Children's Chorale. Brenda has sponsored over 200 singers in the North Texas Children's Choir, and over 65 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 awarded the North Texas Children’s Choir Teacher/Leader Award for 2014.  She served on the National Children's Choir Committee for OAKE, on the Advisory Committee for OAKE, and is Past President of the Kodály Educators of Texas. Recently, Brenda was elected Southern Division President-Elect of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, a position she will begin in 2017.

Kathy Kuddes (Kodály) 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 (KET), and is the current President of the Texas Music Administrators Conference. Kathy was the recipient of the 2010 OAKE Outstanding Administrator Award and the 2013 Alumni Merit-Loyalty Award from Millikin University.

Kristin Vogt Moore (Kodály) 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 13th year to teach elementary music.  She regularly presents professional development sessions for school districts in Texas and the OAKE National Conference in 2010. After the SMU course last summer Kristin taught Pedagogy III and Folk Materials and Analysis Level III in Amarillo. Kristin also serves as President - Elect on the executive board for Kodály Educators of Texas.

Lori Wagner currently teaches K-5 music at Awty International School in Houston. Her previous experience includes directing choirs at the middle and high school level at The American School of The Hague in The Netherlands, Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and in the Plano ISD. Lori holds degrees from Duke University and Louisiana State and recently completed a year of study at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary in 2013-2014.

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.

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

*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.

For further information about SMU Music Educators Workshops, or to register for one of these classes, visit here; or contact Julie Scott at scottj@smu.edu or 214-768-3717; or call the SMU Music Office at 214-768-1951.

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