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Kodály I, II, and III; Choral Track Levels I, II, and III

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).

July 1-3 and July 5-18, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays
Noncredit Cost: $900
Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $1,500 for 3 hours of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
Housing Cost: $1,250 for single; $950 for double (No meals are included. Single rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

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

This course is presented in conjunction with the Plano ISD Kodály Certification Program, which is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Due to the intensive nature of this certification program, which includes daily homework assignments, participants are strongly encouraged to avoid scheduling additional activities during the course. In addition, 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.

A bachelor’s degree in music or a strong background in music theory is required for this class. Participants must be able to read and write music notation in order to be successful in this course.

Kodály Faculty: Gay deMontel, Jason Dove, László Durányik, Lenke Igo, Brenda Keen, Kathy Kuddes, Kristin Vogt, and Melissa Young

Gay deMontel is currently teaching Pre-K through 8th grade music at St. James Episcopal School in Corpus Christi, Texas. Previously, Gay held teaching positions in Port Aransas, 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 is a member of TMEA and OAKE and has 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.

Jason Dove (Kodály) is a graduate of the University of Louisville. He currently teaches choir at Deer Park High School. He has presented at OAKE and TMEA on ways to incorporate a Kodály approach in the secondary choral classroom. Choirs under his direction have received numerous sweepstakes at awards at UIL Concert and Sight Reading. In addition, his choirs have performed for the TMEA Convention (2012) and the ACDA National Conference (2013). Jason has served as a TMEA officer for over a decade in Region 24 and Region 19. He currently serves as the High School Vocal Division Vice President of the Texas Choral Directors Association. Jason will complete his Master of Music in Music Education at Southern Methodist University in May 2019.

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.

Brenda Keen has taught 21 of her 26 years in elementary music in Plano ISD. She holds a bachelor's degree from UT Austin and a Kodály certificate from the UNT /Plano ISD Certification Program. Brenda has taught in the Plano ISD Kodály certification program for over 10 years and has presented sessions at TCDA, Plano Senior High School TMEA student meetings, TCU, and Kodály Educators of Texas. She has directed many school and church choirs, including the Plano Children's Chorale. Brenda has sponsored over 250 singers in the North Texas Children's Choir, and over 75 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 (NTCC)Teacher/Leader Award for 2014 and recently was named NTCC Teacher of the Year. She served on the National Children's Choir Committee for OAKE, on the Advisory Council for OAKE, and is Past President of the Kodály Educators of Texas. Brenda is currently President of the Southern Division of OAKE.

Kathy Kuddes is Director of Fine Arts for Plano ISD and the Founder/Coordinator of the Plano Kodály Teacher 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 three revisions of the Plano ISD Music Curriculum, and was a member of the writing team for the latest revision of the 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 International Kodály Society Symposia in Hungary in 2013 and Australia in 2003. She is a former member of the board of OAKE, KET, and the Texas Music Administrators Conference (TMAC). Kathy was the recipient of the 2010 OAKE Outstanding Administrator Award, the 2013 Alumni Merit-Loyalty Award from Millikin University and was named the TMAC Outstanding Music Administrator for 2016-17.

Kristin Vogt 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 master’s 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 17th year to teach elementary music. She has presented professional development sessions for school districts in Texas, at the OAKE National Conferences in 2010 and 2018, and at the AOSA Professional Development Conference in 2016. Kristin currently serves as President for Kodály Educators of Texas.

Melissa Roth Young is a graduate of Baylor University (BME ’93) and UNT (MME ’02), and she is in her 26th year of teaching. For the past 11 years she has taught and directed the choirs at Richardson North Junior High, which consistently receive Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest, as well as Best in Class/Grand Champion distinctions at local choral festivals. Additionally, North choir students are well represented in the All-Region Choir and TCDA Honor Choirs each year. Under her direction in 2010, the Richardson North Junior High Varsity Treble Choir was selected to sing at the OAKE National Convention in Dallas. Melissa was selected as the Richardson ISD Teacher of the Year nominee for the North Junior High campus in the 2011-12 school year. She has served as the TMEA Region III Secretary, Coordinator Elect and Coordinator, as well as on the TCDA Hospitality and Ways and Means Committees. Prior to coming to North Junior High, Melissa taught at the elementary level and in community children’s choirs in Texas and Oregon. She served as the Children’s Choir R&S Chair for Oregon ACDA from 2002-2006 and as Western 2 Regional Representative for the OAKE National Board from 2004-2006. She is a clinician and adjudicator for elementary children’s choirs and middle school level repertoire and contests. Melissa received her Kodály certification from Portland State University in 2002 and is a published choral composer with Alliance Music.

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.


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