Institute News: The Colorado Kodály Institute was held July 15-27, 2013 at Colorado State University’s University Center for the Arts. Twenty-seven students participated, representing seven states and three countries (including California, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, South Korea, and Mexico). Nineteen of the students are enrolled in the Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis degree program at CSU. When Level 1 students tallied up the number of children they teach during the school year, the total head count was: 4, 958! [and that is only Level 1!] This underscores the wide reach of children that the Institute impacts. Comprised of seven members, the CKI faculty each taught coursework in their area of expertise: Amy Abbott, Dwight Bigler, Karla Cherwinski, Bonnie Jacobi, Tanya LeJeune, Ryan Olsen, and Katalin Virágh. Alumna Susie McCollum served as Grading Assistant and Bryan Kettlewell served as Graduate Teaching Assistant. The Institute Choir Concert, held on Friday, July 26, was directed by Dwight Bigler and accompanied by Gay Slade. CSU Graduate Teaching Assistant Laura Marshall accompanied for all Conducting classes.
During Week 1 of the Institute, a Solo Student Recital was held in the Organ Recital Hall. Student performers included: Nicole Aaronson, Jennifer Chengery, Heejin Lee, Kristen Lewis, Scott Morrise, Gabriela Ocadiz, Ryan Parker, Laura Veraldo, and Kathy Ward. Alumni Susie McCollum and Director Bonnie Jacobi also performed. ROCKE Board Members (Lynn Eckert, Carla Aguilar, Jewel Wolfe, Carrie Nicholas, and Jenna Olschlager) provided a delicious home-cooked lunch for CKI students and faculty on Thursday, July 19 and shared information about the organization and about OAKE. Special Topics sessions were presented by Amy Abbott (Play Parties), Dwight Bigler (Choir Rehearsal Strategies), Karla Cherwinski (Folk Dancing), and Guest Presenter Nancy Glen from the University of Northern Colorado (History of Play Parties).
This year’s Institute also included a 3-day teaching practicum, “Kodály for Kids Days,” in which Institute students taught children from Kodály Alumni music classrooms within the Poudre School District. CSU Undergraduate students in Music Education (according to grade level). Nicole Jensen and Sam Hood, also led folk dancing, singing games, piano keyboard, and instrument crafts before the children toured the CSU Art Museum and participated in a Scavenger Hunt.
Finally, the Colorado Kodály Institute Concert was held on Friday, July 26, 2013. Each Levels class presented an original Solfège Demonstration (directed by Katalin Virágh) and entertained the audience with humorous musical skits. Following, the Institute Choir presented an enjoyable, well-prepared program of repertoire directed by Dwight Bigler: “Laudate Nomen” (Carlyle Sharpe), Lasciatemi Morire (Claudio Monteverdi), “Brauner Bursche” (Johannes Brahms), “The Evening Primrose” (Benjamin Britten), and “Mother to Son” (Dwight Bigler). The CKI Faculty were formally introduced onstage to the audience and remarks were offered by Bonnie Jacobi, Director, and Lynn Eckert, President of ROCKE (Regional Organization of Colorado Kodály Educators). Certificates were presented to students completing Levels 1 and 2, while the following Level 3 students received plaques to acknowledge their National Kodály Certification: Thomas Chen, Jennifer Chengery, Alexandria Hayes, Kate Klotz, Jennifer Kozlowski, and Myra Owens. Congratulations to these students for their hard work over the past three years! Cole Blume (Level 2) received an Outstanding Student Award. The evening ended ceremoniously with the Institute Choir and CKI Alumni singing “Harmonia Mundi,” conducted by Level 3 student Kate Klotz.
We are extremely proud of all that our students accomplished during the 2013 Institute and look forward to hearing about how their K-12 students respond to the things they have learned! Special thanks to the CKI Faculty who made the 2013 Institute such a success. We look forward to an exciting fall in Colorado with several special upcoming events: ROCKE Workshop September 7 (Sue Leithold-Bowcock/Assessment), CSU Aries Composition Festival October 26 (Composer Michael Colgrass/Teaching Kids to Improvise), and National AOSA Conference November 13-16 in Denver. Applications are being accepted for CSU’s M.M. in Music Education Kodály Emphasis degree program (a summer-residency program with online coursework during the school year). Levels 1-3 comprise half of the degree requirements. Apply by October 1 for Spring Admittance. Contact: Bonnie Jacobi, firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 491-3106. Web site: http://www.music.colostate.edu/divisions/music-education-kodaly