Kodály Teacher Training
Prerequisite: To enroll in Kodaly Level 1, Students must have at minimum a Bachelor’s Degree is Music, preferable Music Education. Students who do not have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music must contact Director of Kodaly Programming, Beth Anne Young, for registration approval.
In Level I of Kodály training, students are introduced to the tenets of the Kodály philosophy. Students learn sequential lesson planning, the language of solfege and its uses in the classroom, folk music materials appropriate for grades PK – 2, and choral conducting. Students expand and develop their own musicianship skills through ear training, folk song analysis, and choral singing together.
This fun, intense and demanding experience builds life-long bonds between classmates, and will leave you more prepared than you could have dreamed of returning to your own classroom in the fall!
“Meet and Greet and Folk Song Analysis Workshop”
Sunday, July 16, 2023, 4:00 pm, In Person or Zoom
Join us for a Pre-Levels “Meet and Greet and Folk Song Analysis Workshop” led by our Folk Song and Materials Instructor, Robbin Marcus. We ask all entering Levels 1’s to attend the workshop and invite all Level 2’s and 3’s to join us for this Folk Song Analysis Refresher. Entering Level 1’s who are unable to attend either in person or via Zoom are asked to watch the recording of the workshop prior to classes beginning.
Dates: July 17 – 28, 2023 (two weeks)
Times: 8:15 am – 4:30 pm (M-F)
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building
On-Campus Housing: See Details
Parking: More Info Here
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2023
- Students are expected to purchase required materials prior to course.
- Pre-Course Assignments: For-Credit Registrants (only) be prepared to receive instructions on pre-course assignments that will require time to complete, and will be due the first day of the program.
ATTENTION: For-Credit Registrations are managed by Mason’s Continuing and Professional Education office. When you find the course(s) you are registering for please follow these steps:
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Please note: If you are registering for NON-CREDIT and are paying by check, please contact the Academy for options.
For-Credit: $1,698 In-State/$2,019 Out-of-State
Attention: For-Credit registrations are not eligible for VA Education Benefits. Contact email@example.com for additional information before registering.
Beth Anne Young
Director of the Program
Choral Studies and Choir Instructor
Beth Anne Young, is a Choral and Classroom Music Specialist. Recently retired from the public schools, she was a middle school choral and classroom music specialist for the majority of her teaching career. Beth Anne is currently the Choral Director at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island Beth Anne worked at the Longy School of Music as a Choral Methods Instructor and as a Supervisor of Student Teachers in the Master of Music Education Program. Beth Anne is the Director and Choral Studies Instructor for the Kodály Levels Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA . She has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA and a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. She completed both her Orff and Kodály Certification at George Mason University. Beth Anne has presented workshops about the Kodály- Inspired Choral Setting at MMEA, and at Regional and National OAKE Conferences. She currently serves on the OAKE Teacher Education Committee and is on the Executive Board of BAKE (Boston Area Kodály Educators) serving as the Treasurer.
Materials and Folk Song Analysis Instructor
Robbin Marcus resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is the Director Emeritus of Kodály at George MasonUniversity. Additionally, she teaches piano lessons to students of all ages, is an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and is serving on the CDSS board as a Member At Large. Robbin spent twenty-five years as the lower school music specialist at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, Maryland and has served four terms in various offices on the OAKE board. She is a well-known traditional dance leader and an advocate for accurate performance styles in the music classroom. She has conducted numerous workshops for OAKE national conferences and local chapters. Robbin served on the Kodaly faculties of Webster University, the American Kodaly Institute and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland.
Ginger Albertson teaches a Kodály inspired program at Eagle View Elementary, part of the Fairfax County Public School system. She teaches Kindergarten through 6th grade General Music, and directs a 5th and 6th grade Chorus. Ginger holds a BS in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where she as a voice major. She earned her MA in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Ginger earned her Kodály Certificate at George Mason University. She currently serves on the faculty of the George Mason Summer Program teaching Methodology. Outside of her teaching Ginger is an active member of Sweet Adelines International, and sings tih the Vienna-Falls Chorus in Fairfax, She is the Associate Director for her barbershop chorus and sings in a competing quartet. Ginger is married and the mother of three grown children. She enjoys spending time at the family beach house in the Outer Banks.
Susie Fergus is a retired choral director and elementary specialist who now lives in Tyler, Texas. She taught preschool through high school at various stages of her 22-year teaching career in Fort Worth and East Texas. She enjoys leading workshops for music teachers in Houston, Tyler, and surrounding areas, as well as conducting area children’s honor choirs and her own church children’s choir.
Since 2015, she has been a faculty instructor for the Southeast Texas Kodaly Levels Training in the greater Houston area, where she teaches Level I Pedagogy & Materials, Musicianship III, and directs the Ensemble. She earned her Kodaly certification through the Plano ISD/UNT program; her Master of Arts in Music Education with a Choral emphasis from University of Saint Thomas (St. Paul, MN); and her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Auburn University (Auburn, AL). She was inspired to become a Kodaly specialist at Auburn under the tutelage of Dr. Barbara Kaplan, in the inaugural decade of OAKE.
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds, and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to contact the Academy office with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Non-credit option: A tuition refund minus a $50 cancelation fee will be given provided that notice is received by the Mason Community Arts Academy no later than 2 weeks before the program start date. No refunds will be granted after this date without valid medical documentation.
- For-credit option: A tuition refund minus a $125 cancelation fee will be given provided that notice is received by the Mason Community Arts Academy no later than 1 week before the program start date. No refunds will be granted after this date.
- Housing: No refunds for on-campus housing will be given after June 1.
Covid Safety Information
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- Mask & PPE Requirements—Masks are optional, but strongly recommended, for students and faculty in all programming. *See University Policy on Face Coverings for full details.
- George Mason Offers Covid Vaccine Appointments