Pre-requisite: Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Performance, Education or related work


Dr. Jill Trinka is coming July 16-19, 2019!

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  • KMI 511 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs
  • Dates: July 16-19, 2019
  • Times: TBA
  • Instructor: Dr. Jill Trinka
  • Included as part of the Kodály Levels courses

Jill Trinka, Ph.D., is well known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo. She has recorded and written four volumes of folksongs, singing games, and play parties for kids of all ages:  My Little Rooster (1987), Bought Me a Cat (1988), John, the Rabbit (1989), and The Little Black Bull (1996).  These publications and her collaborative recordings with John Feierabend – Had a Little Rooster (2005), Old Joe Clark (2006), and There’s a Hole in the Bucket (2006) – are published by and available from GIA Music, Inc.  Her latest publication, a DVD, is entitled Jill Trinka:  The Bass Hall Children’s Concerts (Ft. Worth, TX), released in 2012.

Dr. Trinka was a 1974-75 Ford Foundation Ringer Fellow at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where she studied Kodály philosophy and practice in music education.  She has taught in public and private schools in IL, NY, CT, and TX, and was on the music education faculties at the University of Central Arkansas, the University of North Texas, and the University of St. Thomas, where she also served as director of Graduate Programs in Music Education.

Dr. Trinka holds a B. S. in music education from the University of Illinois, and Ph. D. in music education with secondary studies in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught in Kodály teacher education programs throughout the United States, and served as director of the Kodály Institute of Texas at the University of North Texas, the Kodály Certificate Program at Portland State University in Portland, OR, and the Kodály Institute at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  She is a Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and received their Outstanding Educator Award in 2003. Jill was a contributing author to Pearson/Scott Foresman/Silver Burdett’s Making Music, Grades 5-8.

Originally from Oak Park, IL, Jill currently resides in Pawleys Island, SC, where she teaches music education, world music, musicianship, and elementary music methods courses at Coastal Carolina University, performs as a solo folk artist, and sings in the Carolina Master Chorale and the Carolina Master Chorale Chamber Singers. She teaches workshops for music educators throughout the United States and is an artist-in-residence in elementary schools.  She is currently working on a CD of traditional Christmas music from the American South.


Through the Looking Glass:

Song Collecting, Analyzing, and Organizing

  • KMI 610 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs
  • Dates: Summer 2019 TBA
  • Times: Weekly meetings online
  • Instructor: Jonathan Rappaport
  • Online Only; 1 Credit $438- No Credit $338

Participants will:

  • learn a wide variety of surefire, classroom-tested folksongs, singing games, part songs, and other material proven successful in general music classes
  • learn to analyze each song to maximize use for teaching musical skills, concepts, elements, culture, and history to your students
  • develop a data base system so you can put your fingers on just the right song in a flash for any purpose!
  • develop a collection that will save you hundreds of preparation hours yearly.

The course will be offered as an online, distance-learning experience. Real-time (synchronous) classes will be offered at an evening or late afternoon schedule to accommodate class members. All classes will be recorded and available for viewing. The class will work on a collection of 20 agreed-upon songs, and each class member will select additional songs that she/he chooses.



Observation of Sing in Somerville Choir Program

  • KMI 503  1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs
  • Dates: July 9-13, 2018
  • Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Instructor: TBA

Be inspired as you watch children in Kodály- style music classes and choir rehearsals.


Taste of Kodály:

Introduction to Kodály Teaching


  • KMI TOK 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs
  • Dates: July 2, 3, 5, and 6, 2018
  • Times: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Instructors: Carol Forward, Kati Viragh

Experience first hand and learn what the Kodály approach is all about!  Participants will learn and practice a varied repertoire of songs and games and activities.  Sessions in musicianship training; solfège and conducting and pedagogy are part of this course.  In addition, participants will have the invaluable opportunity to observe young people in the Sing! in Somerville classes and choir rehearsals taught by experienced Kodály teachers.


Mentoring Opportunities

  • Dates: TBD
  • Times: TBD
  • Instructors: TBA

Each KMI Certificate Course participant may elect to have a master KMI teacher assigned as a mentor during the academic year. Twice during the school year the mentor will visit the participant, observe the participant’s classes, and give valuable feedback and suggestions about implementing the Kodály concept. All participants living within a two-hour drive of Boston and committed to the three-year Certification Program will be eligible to receive this benefit for a modest fee to cover the time spent in travel, observation, and consultation.