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Workshop #1: September 24th, 2022

Registration: 9:00-9:25 am

Workshop: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm 

Energize Your Repertoire!

Clinician: Dr. Jill Trinka

IN PERSON at Azusa Pacific University

Warren Music Center, Room 122 

901 E Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

*WE ARE TAKING LUNCH ORDERS IN ADVANCE FROM PANERA BREAD! Please use this link to order the sandwich you would like by 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 22nd.  Bring cash to the workshop.  The cost is $15.00.  KASC will provide water!  We know it is likely to be hot, so we are providing the option to order in!*


Join us in what promises to be an amazing day of experiencing, thinking about, and learning music!  Through the knowledge, skill and virtuosity of Jill Trinka, participants will be introduced to repertoire and sequential activities to energize their music classrooms. This is sure to be a quick moving workshop as Jill covers singing games, dances, performance practice, classroom activities with repertoire, improvisation, sequential instruction, historical research - all of which serve to provide a foundation for unfolding and nurturing children's musical skills.  As a special feature, Jill will present her research on the subject of Balladry as it relates to George Floyd. The workshop will be a hands-on experience.


Dr. Jill Trinka is an internationally acknowledged Master Teacher in the Kodály philosophy of music education. She retired from full-time university teaching in 2019 at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where she taught undergraduate and graduate ear training and sight-singing, elementary music methods, American Music, and classroom instrument courses. Dr. Trinka has directed and taught in Kodály Teacher Training Institutes throughout the United States. She currently directs the West Chester University (PA) Kodály Certificate Program. Previous academic posts include The University of North Texas, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Central Arkansas.  She is a past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and was the 2003 recipient of their Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Trinka is well known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo.  Jill has many publications through GIA,

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Workshop #2: November 5th, 2022

9:30 am-1:00 pm PST

Building a Foundation Together with Inclusive Repertoire

Clinician: Larena Code

Online (Zoom)

In this actionable session, I’ll share step-by-step how I used the foundation of my Kodály training to gradually become a more inclusive, anti-bias music educator. Attendees will sing and play kid-tested activities and repertoire that validate multiple identities and center joy. We will also explore lesson segments that use guiding questions and thinking routines to support identity and diversity work within the Kodály framework. Additionally, participants will reflect on where they are on their own anti-bias journeys and identify what their next steps might be. Join in my ongoing journey as a white Kodály-inspired educator striving toward anti-bias praxis the Kodály Way.

Larena Code is an elementary music teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and national recipient of the 2022 Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Outstanding Emerging Educator Award. She holds a Master’s in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas (2021) and Bachelor of Music Education from DePaul University (2015). Code completed her Kodály certification at DePaul University (2016) and again at University of St. Thomas (2021), and Orff Certification at the University of Kentucky (2018). Taking her passions into the community, Larena is an active presenter at statewide, regional, and national music conferences, including the 2022 OAKE Conference. Her work is published in the Illinois, Minnesota, and Kentucky Music Educator Journals on topics such as race and equity in the music room, culturally responsive pedagogy, and elementary hip-hop curriculum. Code is the immediate past president of Chicago Area Kodály Educators.

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Workshop #3: February 4, 2023

Registration: 9:00-9:25 am

Workshop: 9:30 am-1:00pm

From Vocal Exploration to A Cappella Expertise

Clinician: Rob Dietz

Online on Zoom or In-Person at St. Paul’s 1st Lutheran Church, 

5244 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood CA, 91601


Come join us as Rob Dietz, (Co-Founder of A CAPPELLA ACADEMY),(Arranger and coach for NBC's The Sing-Off), shares his professional experience and expertise in the areas of arranging, rehearsal techniques, a capella, and pop singing/contemporary voice. Vocal arranging is not as difficult as you would expect! This workshop will equip you with important tips about arranging for a cappella groups and choirs. Rob will present effective rehearsal techniques beginning with basic foundation and approaches. The activities will be focused toward middle and high school contemporary vocal music to help participants discover new skills and hone the skills they already have. Upper elementary music teachers will be able to inform their teaching practice and benefit from experiencing more in-depth skills that can be expected of students when they reach middle school!


Rob Dietz is a multiple CARA winning singer and vocal percussionist who has been arranging, composing, teaching, and performing contemporary a cappella music for over 20 years. Based in Los Angeles, Rob is best known for his work as an arranger and group coach for NBC’s The Sing-Off.  A native of Ithaca, NY, Rob got his start singing in high school as a member of the a cappella quintet, Ascending Height, with whom he wrote and produced the first ever album of all original music at the high school level. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2010 where he received a dual degree in music and business. As a performer, Rob is an award-winning vocal percussionist. His distinctive sound has been featured on several TV shows including Fox’s Glee and the Late Late Show with James Corden. Rob has had the pleasure of collaborating with and arranging for top talent and world-renowned artists, including Pentatonix, Voiceplay, Smokey Robinson, Flo Rida, and Sara Bareilles. Rob has a deep passion for a cappella education and is a founding co-director (along with Ben Bram and Avi Kaplan) of A CAPPELLA ACADEMY. Rob is a sought-after presenter and clinician who has led vocal music workshops at events such as the National A Cappella Convention and the ACDA National convention. Alongside his work in contemporary a cappella music, Rob is an avid choral composer, with work published by Alfred Music Publishing and GIA Publications. His pieces continue to be performed by choirs from all over the world. 

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Workshop #4: March 25th, 2023

Registration: 9:00-9:25 am

Workshop: 9:30 am-1:00pm

From Folksong Arrangements to Jazz and Pop Tunes

Clinician: László Cser

Online on Zoom or In-Person at Wagner Hall,  St. Paul's First Lutheran School
11330 McCormick St., North Hollywood, CA 91601


Get ready to freshen up your solfa skills, with Professor Cser.  The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music of the Common Practice Period (1600-1900) and beyond will be illustrated through the use of "solfege".  The workshop will include jazz and pop developments of the 20th century.  Mr. Cser is a professional pianist with extensive experience teaching and playing a wide range of styles.  His enthusiastic teaching often employs older and newer materials to illustrate his points. Here are some comments from his students:  “László Cser is as playful as he is talented. His unique humor and gifts are a delight to be around." KASC  proudly presents our longtime associate for this master class.


László Cser is Professor Emeritus of Music of Los Angeles City College, where he worked from 1975 to 2005, teaching harmony, musicianship, counterpoint, 20th-century compositional techniques, piano, and jazz subjects.  His textbook, Harmony and Musicianship with Solfege (1997) in its new enlarged form (2016), co-authored with Dan Wanner, is now the music theory textbook of the Music Department of LACC.  Mr. Cser has been part of KASC’s Summer Certification Program for over 35 years.


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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