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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.

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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 6 – 22 weekdays
Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays
Noncredit Cost: $800.00
Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $1,704.00 for 3 hours of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
Housing Cost: $1,200 for single; $950 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.

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

Kendall “Kenny” Allen works as the lower school music teacher at the International School of Helsinki in Finland. He will be joining the staff at the International School of Prague as the upper elementary music teacher in the 2015-2016 school year. 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 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 currently serving 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 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. 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.

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 17 of her 21 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 5 years and has presented sessions at TCDA. 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 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 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.

Daniel Todd is currently an associate choir director at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton, Texas, which serves over 300 choral students in 9 choirs. While pursuing a Ph.D. of Fine Arts in Music he taught aural skills, music theory, and music education courses at Texas Tech University. Dr. Todd holds a Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Texas Tech, and Level 4 Kodály training from the West Texas Kodály Initiative. In 2010, Daniel performed in Carnegie Hall with the Texas Tech University Choir under the direction of Richard Bjella, and was a featured tenor soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Dr. Todd has presented sessions for the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, and in 2008 the Cantare Treble Choir from Hutchinson Middle was invited to perform for the OAKE National Conference. He conducted research pertaining to Kodály's Bicinia Hungarica for his doctoral dissertation and is currently working on publishing his own bicinia.

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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