Kodály 2018

Kodály Training Levels I – IV

July 22 – August 3, 2018

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

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.

    Registration opens May 7, 2018
    Registration deadline is July 1, 2018 

    Non-credit Certificate:

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

    Register Now

    Registration deadline is July 1, 2018 

    Current PSU students:

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

    Registration opens May 7, 2018
    Registration deadline is July 1, 2018 




    Housing Registration Deadline: April 1, 2018
    Housing is available through PSU Summer Housing 



    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.



    Kurt Cereske

     Kurt Cereske is currently an adjunct professor of elementary music education at Wayland Baptist University and is the Assistant Choir Director at Lubbock High School in Lubbock, Texas. He also teaches pedagogy in the KASC Music Education Institute, the Portland State University Kodály Certification Workshop, and the West Texas Kodály Initiative. He is the Kodály Studies Director and Associate Conductor for the National Children’s Chorus (Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C.) and is an Associate Conductor and Musicianship instructor for the West Texas Children’s Chorus. Kurt has given professional presentations at both regional and national conferences and for music educator workshops across the country.

    He is an experienced music educator, specializing in early childhood and elementary music education, children’s choral music, Kodály pedagogy and musicianship training. Kurt earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Dr. Martin Luther College and a Master of Music Education from Michigan State University. Mr. Cereske is in his final stages of the PhD. program in Fine Arts, Music Education, at Texas Tech University.

    David Vinden

    David has been involved with music all his life, being a choirboy at Truro Cathedral, studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music with Joy Mammen and Pieter Van der Stolk as well as orchestral conducting with Maurice Miles. A choral scholarship from St. George’s Chapel Windsor enabled him to further his studies at Royal Holloway College. 

    After teaching for some years he went to the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary, for two years. He studied Solfège, Methodology as well as choral conducting with Peter Erdei. Returning to England he took up a position at the Purcell School becoming its director of music in 1987. He conducted many orchestral and choral performances on the South Bank as well as all over Britain and abroad including the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. He has lectured at Trinity College of Music in orchestral and choral conducting, Birmingham Conservatoire and is currently a professor at the Guildhall School of Music. He and his  wife, Yuko, founded the Kodály Centre of London in 1992 and they have produced over 30 publications for use in Kodály education. He is a member of the International Kodály Society and has given lectures and demonstrations all over the world including Westminster Choir College in the USA and Portland State University in Oregon. He works frequently with Géza and Csaba Szilvay of the Colourstrings Foundation and has also lectured frequently at the Kodály Institute and the Liszt Academy in Budapest. 

    He is collaborating with Cyrilla Rowsell on the series of Primary school music curriculum books called ‘Jolly Music’ and is also co-authoring a book on ‘Harmony through Relative Solfa’ with Mónika Benedek. Recent editorial work includes a performing edition of Musica Transalpina 1 of 1588, The children’s songs collected by Cecil Sharp from Children and the complete canons of Cherubini. He has been conductor of the Eastcote Choral Society and the London Kodály Choir. He was awarded an honorary ARAM by the Royal Academy of Music for his services to music education and in 2007 was awarded the highly coveted ‘Kodály Institute’ award again for his services to music education and conducting work.

    Anna Kovacs

    -  Master of Music Education, Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Budapest, Hungary
    - MM Choral Conducting, Westminster Choir College of Rider University,                Princeton, NJ 
    - BA Music, Rutgers University, NJ
    - Diploma, Budapest Teachers Training College
    - Kodály studies in Budapest: Budapest Vigado, Budapest Kodály Music School
    - Montessori Philosophy Certification, CMTE; and Music Together Certification,       MT
    - Former Music Faculty, Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High               School, New York City
    - Former Music Faculty at the American International School of Budapest,                                                                 Hungary
                                                     -  Former Music Faculty at The Village School for Children, Montessori School, NJ
                                                     -  Music Faculty at Berlin Brandenburg International School, Berlin, Germany
                                                     -  Founder of the Berlin International Music Project (BIMP), Berlin, Germany
                                                     -  Faculty in Summer Kodaly Certificate Programs, at North Texas University, 
                                                         New York  University, Portland State University, and at Princeton, Westminster
                                                         Choir College
                                                     -  Past President, Kodály Organization of New York
                                                     _  Kodály clinician throughout the United States, Hungary, France, and Brazil


    Contact Administrative Director Debra Glaze at glazed@pdx.edu