Professional Development Workshop Series


The PCS Department offers two professional development workshops per year, in September and January. The workshops are designed to provide an opportunity for educators to earn CPE credit, but also as a resource for new ideas and techniques to apply in the music classroom.

These workshops are developed based on the Kodály philosophy, which is an internationally recognized, highly sequential, and experiential method for teaching music developed by Hungarian composer, musicologist, and educator, Zoltán Kodály. At the heart of the philosophy is the belief that music education is a core subject that is the birthright of every child. It is a complete and comprehensive approach to music education that begins in early childhood. Through singing folk songs and music of master composers, children experience the joy of music in a spirit of play. At the same time, they master skills such as musical reading and writing, singing, part-singing, improvisation, and composition.

Past Workshop Instructors Include:
Carol Brown
Lynnel Joy Jenkins
Gabriela Montoya-Stier
Joy Nelson
Lamar Robertson
Jill Trinka
Ivy Rawlins Ward
Sister Lorna Zemke


2013-2014 Workshop Series Schedule

Strategies and Best Practices for Early Childhood Music

This workshop will focus on developmentally appropriate activities and pedagogical strategies for teaching music to Pre-K and Kindergarten students.  Teachers will be invited to actively participate in musical experiences designed to connect with children’s natural joy and love for music.

Date: November 16, 2012
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Rhona Brink & Dr. Julie Kastner
Credit: 6 CPE Hours
Fee: $50 Early Registration Fee; $60 after November 1, 2013

Rhona Brink has 26 years of experience in music education, serving 23 of those years in the elementary music classroom. She has provided many staff development workshops for various Texas school districts and has presented workshops on early childhood and elementary music for several regional, state and national conferences for music teachersA contributing writer for the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill series, Spotlight on Music, Ms. Brink holds a BM from the University of Houston, and an MM from Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Kastner is Assistant Professor of Music Education with the UH Moores School of Music.  Prior to joining the Moores School faculty, Dr. Kastner taught K-6 general music and choir in the Firafax County public school system in northern Virginia as well as early childhood music classes at the Levine School of Music, one of the country's leading community music schools.  Dr. Kastner received her doctorate in music education from Michigan State University, where she also taught music classes at the Michigan State University Community Music School.  Dr. Kastner is passionate about the importance of music education in the lives of young children and seeks to help other adults learn how they can foster musical growth in the lives of their children and students.


Spring 2014 workshop TBD

All Professional Development Workshops are held on campus at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.



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