CANCELED - Kodály 2020

CANCELED - Kodály Training Levels I – IV

July 20 - 31

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lincoln Hall

In light of concerns regarding COVID-19 and in accordance with the university's campus closure, we are regretfully canceling Kodaly training this summer. The health and safety of our community is important to us, and we appreciate your understanding and support. 

Earn a certificate in one level of the Kodály method of music instruction in this intensive two-week summer course! 

This comprehensive approach to music education, developed by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, uses a sequential curriculum of games, folk music and singing to inspire students of all ages to love music and develop musical literacy skills. 

Why study the Kodály method at Portland State?

  • Educators come from all over the world to study with our highly accomplished, nationally certified faculty.  
  • Portland State’s Kodály Training program is certified by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
  • Undergraduate credit, graduate credit and non-credit options
  • College students can finish their degrees faster, earning five credits in two weeks
  • No additional fees for out-of-state students

More info about Summer Session at PSU

    Who should attend Kodály training?

    • Undergraduate students interested in music education
    • Graduate students in music or music education
    • Pre-school teachers who want to introduce music into their classrooms
    • K-12 music teachers who want to expand their teaching skills and earn professional development credits
    • Private music teachers who want to expand their skills

    Tuition and Registration

    Visiting and non-degree students:

    Graduate (5 credits):  $1,500
    Undergraduate (5 credits):  $1,000

    No additional fees.  You must apply to PSU as a non-degree student before you can register for the course. 
    Once you have PSU ID number, you can register for Kodály courses through Banweb.

    Non-credit Certificate:

    Workshop fee (No credit):  $1,000
    No additional fees. Certificate granted upon successful completion of the course.


    Current PSU students:

    PSU tuition rate for 5 credits
    Register for Kodály courses through Banweb.



    Dr. Susan Brumfield

    Dr. Susan Brumfield is Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University, and holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. She is known throughout the United States and Europe as a clinician, consultant, author, composer, arranger and choral conductor. Dr. Brumfield is the author Jean Ritchie’s Kentucky Mother Goose, a book and CD memoir with American folk legend Jean Ritchie, which features rare and never-before-seen illustrations by Maurice Sendak. 

    Founder and Artistic Director of The West Texas Children’s Chorus, Dr. Brumfield is also in frequent demand throughout the world as a commissioned composer and guest conductor. Her choral music is published with Hal Leonard Music, Colla Voce Music and BriLee/Carl Fischer, and includes more than forty titles. With four choirs consisting of singers from Kindergarten through college, the West Texas Children’s Chorus organization serves children throughout the South Plains area, and serves as a teaching lab for TTU Music Education students. In addition to performances with the Texas Tech University Choirs, the Lubbock Chorale and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the choirs have performed at the Texas Music Educators’ Conference, national conferences of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and the Amerian Orff Schulwerk Association, and has been featured in concerts at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious venues in NYC. The choir travels throughout the US on its bi-annual tours. 

    Dr. Brumfield was honored in both 2012 and 2014 with the Texas Tech University College of Visual and Performing Arts Award for Outstanding Research, and as a two-time finalist for the President’s Book Award. In 2015, Dr. Brumfield was the recipient of the Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

    Carol J. Brown

    Carol J. Brown received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas-Austin and a Master of Education from Indiana University where she also did graduate work in folklore and ethnomusicology. She holds a two-year diploma with special recognition for achievement in folk music from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. She has taught folklore classes at the University of Texas-Pan American and solfege and folk music in Kodaly certification programs across the country. She is currently music specialist and choir director at IDEA Quest Academy in McAllen. She plays horn in the Valley Symphony Orchestra.


    David Vinden

    Born in Truro, Cornwall, David began his music career as a chorister at Truro Cathedral. He went to study at the Royal Academy of Music studying singing with Joy Mammen and Pieter Van der Stolk and organ with Michael Austin. After his GRSM he took up orchestral conducting with Maurice Miles. This year was paid for by the award of a choral scholarship from St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. David then went on the Royal Holloway College and took the London B.Mus graduating with honours in 1974. At Windsor he was a founder member and resident conductor of the Collegium Musicum  of Windsor. In the Autumn of that year he took part in the International conducting competition in Besançon in France. His first job was as director of music at Tiffin Girl’s school in Kingston. Concerned about the way music education was going David went to study for two years at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. He studied choral conducting with Peter Erdei and Solfège musicianship with Lilla Gabor and Ildiko Herboly-Kocsar. On his return to England in 1983 he took up a position at the Purcell School of Music and became its director of Music in 1987 – 1995. He then became a lecturer in Kodály at Trinity College of Music, then Birmingham Conservatoire and latterly at the Guildhall School of Music. He also works with the Szilvay Foundation (Colourstrings) teaching children at the Saturday school as well as training adults on the summer courses with Géza and Csaba Szilvay. He has just been re-elected to serve on the board of the International Kodály Society.

    He is in great demand as a lecturer, teacher and conductor and has been invited annually to teach on the Kodály Institute summer courses in Kecskemét, the Kodály courses at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, USA, and Kodály summer courses at Portland State University. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Liszt Academy, Debrecen and Szeged Conservatoires. He co-founded the Kodály Centre of London with his wife, Yuko, in 1992, and has produced and published over 30 books of Kodály musicianship material and teaching aids. He has also edited Music Transalpina I of 1588, the complete canons of Cherubini as well many by Caldara. He has just completed the co-authorship with Cyrilla Rowsell of the 3rd volume of Jolly Music, which will be a 7 year curriculum of lesson plans and material for Primary schools published by Jolly Phonics, Britain’s leading phonics company. He is also co-authoring a harmony book with a Hungarian colleague Mónika Benedek which they hope to finish by 2010.

    Panni Kovacs

    Master of Music Education, Liszt Ferenc Music Academy

    MM Choral Conducting, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ

    BA Music, Rutgers University, NJ

    Diploma, Budapest Teachers Training College, Hungary

    Kodály studies in Budapest Kodaly Music School; Budapest Vigado, Hungary

    Montessori Philosophy Certification, CMTE

    Music Faculty, choral director at Berlin Brandenburg International School, Germany

    Former Music Faculty at Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York City; American International School of Budapest, Hungary; The Village School For Children, Montessori school, NJ

    Past President, Kodály Organization of New York (KONY)

    Choral clinician in the United States, Hungary, France, Germany, and Brazil

    Founder of Berlin International Music Project

    Music Faculty in Summer Kodaly Certificate Programs, at:

    • North Texas University, 
    • New York University,
    • Portland State University, 
    • Princeton, Westminster Choir College 

    Dr. Andrew Paney

    Andrew Paney is associate professor of elementary music education. He holds degrees from Wheaton College in Illinois and Texas Tech University, with additional Kodály studies through Portland State University and the West Texas Kodaly Initiative. Dr. Paney is director of the Oxford Children’s Chorus, an ensemble for singers in grades four through six. He taught public school music in Illinois and Texas. He currently teaches in the Portland State University Summer Kodály Certification Workshop, endorsed by OAKE. He presents research at regional and national conferences and performs as pianist for the vocal ensemble Sweet Peas. His research interests include aural skills acquisition, pitch matching, feedback and technology, and educator access to research.


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