Today I am beyond thrilled to have my great friend and mentor Kathy Kuddes on the podcast to talk all about her experience with Kodály. Our conversation goes beyond what you might expect from a stereotypical “Kodály” interview, and we talk about all things training programs, historical context, and the upcoming teacher’s tour to Hungary. Kathy’s thoughts on quality and authenticity still have me thinking critically about what I’m choosing to include in my classroom, after all, only the best is good enough.
Kathy Kuddes is currently the Director of Fine Arts for the PlanoIndependent School District, Coordinator of the Plano Kodály Teacher Training Program, and lead instructor for the partnership training program with Southern Methodist University. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois (1983), a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas in Denton (1995). She earned her Kodály Teacher Training certification from the University of Texas program at Festival Hill in Round Top (1990) and a Texas Supervisors Certification through UNT (1999).
Before stepping into her current administrative role, Kuddes was an elementary music specialist. Her classroom teaching career of 14 years included positions teaching elementary music, middle school and high school choirs, community pre-school music programs, church choirs, undergraduate music methods courses and graduate Kodály Training. Kathy’s current teaching activities include two levels of Folk Music Research for the Plano Kodály Teacher Training Program @ SMU and regular collaborations with faculty at Southern Methodist University on Orff and Kodály in Historical Context graduate courses.
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