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Kodály Kaleidoscope
Seminar Series

Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we are unable to host our traditional certification courses this summer. Instead, join us for an overview of the Kodály-Ádám Approach as developed by Katinka Scipiádes Dániel!

All times are PST


Participants taking the full four days of courses will receive a $300 credit for one level of the in-person KASC Kodály 2022 Summer Music Education Institute.


Monday 7/12

Level I Pedagogy

 9:00 am-11:00 am

Diane Geller, MME


Level I Musicianship

 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Niké St. Clair, DMA


Tueday 7/13

Level II Musicianship

9:00 am-11:00 am

 Matt Hanne, MME


Level II Pedagogy

11:30 am-1:30 pm

Kathy Hickey, DMA


Wedneday 7/14

Level III Musicianship

9:00 am-11:00 am

Matt Hanne, MME


Level III Pedagogy, 11:30 am-1:30 pm; Kathy Hickey, DMA


Thursday 7/15

Choral Nuts & Bolts

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Niké St. Clair, DMA


Friday 7/16

Virtual Katinka Day

10 am -12 noon


Join us for the virtual celebration of the life, work, family, friends, and students of Katinka Dániel along with raffles, prizes, and more!


What: The nationally endorsed Certification Program provided by the Kodály Association of Southern California (KASC) includes three levels of Kodály Music Education courses. Each level is three weeks for the pre-certification core courses of Pedagogy, Musicianship, and Choral Experience. Choral Experience consists of Choral Ensemble, with performance of repertoire for adult singers, and Choral Conducting, including basic to advanced conducting techniques for all levels of choir. Folk Song Research complements the core courses with analysis of folk song materials from many cultures (not offered in summer 2022). These four components interact, overlap, and enhance one another in the Kodály Approach curriculum. Completion of levels and a nationally endorsed Kodály Certificate can be achieved in three summers plus academic year offerings, or four summers. All coursework must be satisfactorily completed for Certification. Full Kodály certification includes completion of three levels of Core and Folk Song courses.


For more information on individual courses, see our Course Information.

When: Classes meet July 5 to July 22, Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-5:00pm, with a culminating concert on July 22nd.

Where: Azusa Pacific University, 901 E Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702, USA


VIRTUAL AUDIT OF KODÁLY PEDAGOGY COURSES Join the Kodály Pedagogy courses as a non-certificate auditor online via Zoom. You will have access online to 45 hours of the KASC Pedagogy curriculum, Levels I, II or III, and course instructor materials. Required books for Pedagogy courses are available online. You may opt to complete homework and teaching assignments, or to observe the activities as an auditor. Tuition: $ 300 [Note: The virtual audit does not constitute a certificate course or level; $150 of the virtual audit tuition would be applied to a future in-person Pedagogy certificate course. ] Register online under the VIRTUAL AUDIT category and indicate the Pedagogy Level.


NOTE: You must attend live on Zoom during the course hours daily for the 3 week course, Pacific Time. There will be no recording available after the completion of the course. Because of the unpredictable nature of the internet, we cannot guarantee perfect audio/visuals.

Be our guest! Can’t decide if Levels courses are for you? Visit classes on July 5 as our guest! Call or email KASC Coordinator, Kathy Hickey, if you're interested in visiting (


Some classes qualify for LAUSD Salary Point Credit.


Required Texts: Purchase ONLINE or at courses. Approximate costs: Level I - $200, Level II -$250, Level III -$100, Choral $20. BRING your text books from previous levels.


All course materials will be available for purchase at the classes. You may order materials online at various sources. Note: Level II and III courses have some instructor-provided required materials that will be available in class.


KASC scholarships available for current OAKE members, subject to Scholarship Fund balance. Application online here; deadline: 5/20/2022.


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DEADLINE: JUNE 25, 2022. Certification courses are three weeks per level, Monday through Friday. Courses are not prorated. Payment plans available. Call or email KASC Coordinator, Kathy Hickey, for details on alternate payment plan (


Pre-certification Course Fees:

Level I core: $1,000

Level II core: $1,000

Level III core: $1,000

Making Music for Children: $350 [July 5-8, 8:30 am-12 noon]

Kodály for Choirs: $400 [July 5-22, 3-5 pm, Concert Finale]

Refresher course (audit): $125 (not prorated)


Payments accepted online via credit/debit card.

If you prefer to pay by check, send the full amount (along with an email address) to:

KASC Coordinator, 38600 Pine Drive, Cherry Valley, CA 92223.

You will receive a coupon code via email to register online once payment is received. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED regardless of payment method.


If you have further questions, please contact Kathy Hickey at: 951-454-8205;;

About the Presenters

July 6-23, 2021, Azusa Pacific University

The nationally endorsed Certification Program provided by KASC includes three levels of Kodály Music Education courses and Folk Song Research. Each level can be completed in an intensive three-week course taught by experts in the field each summer. 

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Ms. Geller has devoted the better part of her forty-two years in music education to teaching and promoting the Kodaly Approach from the Pre-Primary through graduate levels.  She has served as a music specialist, K-6 in the Los Angeles, Vista, Fallbrook, and Capistrano Unified School Districts as well as several school districts in Oklahoma. She returned to California after serving for four years on the faculty of Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Music Education. 

She holds a Master of Music Ed. degree with a Kodály Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma, a Kodály Music Certificate from Silver Lake College, and a B.A. from California State University at Northridge. She has had extensive experience teaching children in both public and private schools in the Kodály concept of music education. For the past 34 years, Miss Geller has taught Folk Song Research, Methodology, and Solfege courses for Kodály certification at CSU Northridge, CSU LA, USC, CSU Fresno, University of Oklahoma, Azusa Pacific University, University of San Diego, and Palomar College, where she also co-directed the Palomar Youth Chorale for thirteen years.  In 2006, she received the OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD from the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.  She has the director of the Brio Chorus, one of the ensembles comprising the Children's Center Chorus, part of the Choral Arts program based at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, founded by Joe and Dana Stanford from 2012-2020.

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Niké St. Clair was born and raised in Hungary.  She holds B. M. and M. M. degrees in Choral Conducting, Theory, and Music Education from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary.  Ms. St. Clair moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream to receive a doctoral degree in choral conducting at the USC Thornton School of Music where she earned Masters and Doctorate degrees in Choral Conducting.

Dr. St. Clair currently teaches musicianship courses with the famed Hungarian Kodály methodology at Azusa Pacific University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  At Cal Poly Pomona, her duties also include teaching Beginning Conducting, Choral Conducting and directing the Kellogg Chamber Singers and the University Concert Choir where she is the Director of Choral Activities.  In addition to her teaching duties, she is the Sanctuary Choir director at the La Verne Church of the Brethren.

During the summertime, under the auspices of the Kodály Association of Southern California, a chapter of OAKE, Dr. St. Clair serves as a master teacher applying the Kodály principles in Musicianship, Chamber Choir, and Choral Conducting.  Ms. St. Clair sings professionally with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.  As an ensemble artist, Ms. St. Clair’s select movie soundtracks include Avatar; Godzilla; Transformers 4; The Minions; Pixels; Big Hero 6; Ice Age; X-Men and many more.

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Matt Hanne teaches 6th-12th grade choir and Upper School Psychology at The Independent School in Wichita, KS, and is on the faculty at Newman University where he teaches applied voice. He has served on the faculty of Kodály certification programs at Morehead State University (Solfege/Musicianship), the University of Central Missouri (Solfege/Musicianship), California State University - Bakersfield (Solfege/Musicianship), and Wichita State University (Conducting, Secondary Pedagogy). Matt also earned his Kodály Certificate at WSU. He has presented at the National (NAFME, OAKE), State (KMEA) and local (USD 259) levels on various topics relating to choral rehearsal techniques and improvisation. Matt has studied in Kecskemét, Hungary at the International Kodály Seminar three times, including participating in a choral conducting Master Class with Péter Erdei. Matt is the Director of Music at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, and the director of the Wichita Broadway Singers. He has served the tenor section leader for the Wichita Symphony Chorus, and has frequently been a member of the Wichita Chamber Chorale.

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Experienced music educator Katherine Hickey specializes in elementary music and pedagogy for music literacy skills. Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in piano performance were completed at California State Universities at Los Angeles and Long Beach, including a year of study at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from University of Southern California, honored as Outstanding Music Education Graduate.

A frequent presenter at local, state, national and international conferences, Dr. Hickey’s presentations include choral music, literacy skills in music, art music listening, discovery learning, and Kodály curriculum and materials. Her research activity is centered on Jenő Ádám and his role in the development of the Kodály approach. She is currently Professor of Music at the University of Redlands in California, Past President and Treasurer of the Organization of America Kodaly Educators (2004-06, 2011-2018), and current International Kodály Society Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Hickey was honored with the OAKE Outstanding Educator award in 2019.

Summer 2020 

Online Summer Seminars!

KASC is offering online "Summer Seminars" the week of July 13th, culminating with a virtual Katinka Day Celebration on Friday, July 17th! Our regularly scheduled Summer Institute has been Postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19, so we hope you'll join us for these special seminars!



Summer Seminar


More details coming soon!

Monday 7/13

Choral Lit/ Score Study


Tueday 7/14



Wedneday 7/15

Music Theory (High School/ College Level)


Thursday 7/16

Art Music Listening


Friday 7/17

Virtual Katinka Day


KASC Music Education Institute

July 6-24, 2020

Azusa Pacific University

901 E Alosta Ave, 91702, Azusa CA

Early Bird Discount! Register by May 1st, 2020, and receive $50 off the price! Use coupon code: earlybird

Congratulations to all students who participated in July, 2019!

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Join us this summer for our 3-week course and improve your teaching in a fun, friendly, and rigorous environment. Whether you are a brand new music teacher, have years of experience, or are somewhere in between, these courses will help you develop the tools and skills you need to become a better music teacher and musician. Our courses can prepare you for teaching music to Kindergarten through 8th grade and beyond!

Components of Courses


Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Download the 2020 Schedule below!



Sample Schedule (subject to change, depending on level):

Community Sing           8:30-9:00 am 

Pedagogy                       9:00 am-12 noon 

Lunch                             12:00-12:30 pm

Musicianship                 12:30-2:30 pm

Break                               2:30-3:00 pm

Choral Experience         3:00-5:00 pm


Pre-Certification Level 1, 2, or 3:                             $950

Making Music for Children (one week course):    $400

Folk Song Research 1, 2, or 3:*                               $300

(*FSR will not be offered in summer, but is available in Fall and Spring 2020-2021. Email for further inquires.)

(Early bird rate- register before May 1 receive a $50 discount!)



All textbook materials will be available for purchase on the first day of classes. 

 Approximate textbook costs:

Level I - $200, Level II -$250, Level III -$100, Choral $20.

BRING your text books from previous levels. Here is a list of materials, although we suggest buying them on the first day of classes in case of changes.

You can register online by clicking the button below and paying online, or download the Registration Form as a PDF and mail it in with a check!


Need a place to stay? Have a question about our Music Education Institute this summer? Contact us if you have any questions at all or to find out if we have someone available to host you during the course!

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