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Cumberland University to host Kodaly music education workshop



Cumberland University’s School of Music and the Arts will host a Kodaly-based music education workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012 in the band room at the Phoenix Plaza Fine Arts Annex.

The workshop, entitled, “Kodály and Music Education: Making it Musical and Accessible,” will feature the talents of clinicians Donald and Susan Garrett, faculty members of the Kodály Institute at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Geared towards future and current music teachers, the event will introduce attendees to the Kodály method of music education, which includes the use of folk music, singing, and music reading.

According to Cumberland University Assistant Professor Dr. Michele Paynter Paise, “The workshop will introduce people to the Kodály methodology and how to use American folk songs to teach musical literacy in public schools. The clinicians will take attendees through a series of activities, including reading, singing, and moving to music. Participants will experience the lessons as if they were actually children in a classroom.”

Visitors will also have a chance to engage Donald and Susan Garrett in a debriefing session which will highlight the method’s theory and principles.

Paise, a certified Kodály instructor, hopes that the workshop may serve not only as an introduction to the method but also as a prelude to a potential Level 1 Kodály Certification program to be offered by the School of Music and the Arts in the summer of 2012.

According to Paise, the workshop’s primary purpose, however, is simply to introduce area music teachers to the methodology in order to increase the musical literacy of Tennessee music students.

“People who’ve already experienced these principles will leave the workshop with refreshing new ideas about how to teach music, and those who’ve never experienced it before will discover new ways to teach children to read music,” said Paise. “It’s going to be a very positive, rewarding, and musical experience.”

The “Kodály and Music Education” workshop will take place in the Cumberland University Band Room of the Phoenix Plaza Fine Arts Annex, located at 399 South Maple St. in Lebanon. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a brief lunch break. On-site registration will last from 8:15-9 a.m.

Attendees can pre-register for $15.00 or register on-site for $20.00; students with a valid student ID may pre-register for $5.00 or register on-site for $10.00. A printable pre-registration form and event information are available online at For further information, contact Dr. Michele Paynter Paise at