Kodály 2019

Kodály Training Levels I – IV

July 21st-August 2nd

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 6, 2019
    Registration deadline is July 1, 2019 

    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, 2019 

    Current PSU students:

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

    Registration opens May 6, 2019
    Registration deadline is July 1, 2019 




    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.

    Dr. Katalin Kiss

    Dr Katalin Kiss has been teaching at the Kodály Institute since 1989.

    She received her degree (MA) in choral conducting and music education from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest as a recipient of the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic.

    In 2002, she completed her doctorate (DLA) in performing arts with distinction from the same institution. 

    Musical Activity:

    In 1990, she founded the Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble. The choir has given hundreds of concerts around the world under her direction and won many first prizes and special prizes including five Grand Prix prizes from international competitions (Ankara, Turkey 1996; Tours, France 1997; Zwickau, Germany 1998; Maribor, Slovenia 1998; Budapest, Hungary 1999). In 2008, they won the Champion of World Choir Games title in Graz, Austria at the 5th World Choir Games.  

    With Ars Nova she has conducted the premiers of several choir pieces and has made CD and radio recordings.

    In addition to Ars Nova, she often conducts other choirs and gives concerts in Europe, the United States of America, Australia and China.

    Michael Kaulkin

    A native of Washington, D.C., Michael Kaulkin earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and went on to further study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, where he remained for three years, studying composition with János Vajda and choral conducting with István Párkai. After returning from Budapest, he studied composition with Conrad Susa at the San Francisco Conservatory, where he received his Master of Music degree.  He has also studied musicianship and choral conducting with Kodály specialists Seán Deibler, Judit Hartyányi and László Norbert Nemes.

    He is currently on the musicianship and composition faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory’s Pre-College Division and has previously taught musicianship at the Crowden School in Berkeley and served as Artist-in-Residence, teaching composition, at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA). An avid adopter and adapter of the Kodály Method, he has served on the Summer Institute faculty of the Kodály Center at Holy Names University and on the board of the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators. Some of his writings on topics related to the teaching of musicianship and music theory can be found on his blog at Medium.com.

    An active composer of chamber, choral and orchestral music, Kaulkin's music has been heard by audiences around the world. Recent activities include serving as a juror in the 2018 Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Debrecen, Hungary and as 2017-18 Composer-in-Residence with San Francisco Choral Artists, and he is currently Assistant Music Director of The Calling All Choir.


    Contact Administrative Director Debra Glaze at glazed@pdx.edu