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
Phyllis King
Kathy Kuddes
Gabriela Montoya-Stier
Joy Nelson
Lamar Robertson
Jill Trinka
Ivy Rawlins Ward
Sister Lorna Zemke

2014-2015 Workshop Series Schedule

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Based on many years of experience, Rhona Brink, Cecile Johnson, and Mary Stevens present this variety of songs, games, and activites.  They will share some of their favorites, providing music lessons which are fun and educational.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2014
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Rhona Brink, Cecile Johnson, and Mary Stevens
Credit: 6 CPE Hours
Fee: $50 Early Registration Fee; $60 after September 19th, 2014

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.

Cecile Johnson is a retired Kodály Specialist with 37 years of teaching experience in elementary, junior high, and college. Her education includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Lowell State College and a Master of Music degree from University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Johnson has an OAKE-endorsed Kodály Certification from University of North Texas, and has served as an OAKE Board member, past KET President, current Southern Division President and current OAKE 2010 National Conference Program Chair. Ms. Johnson is a frequent clinician at OAKE, TMEA, local, state and national in-services and serves as Kodály teacher trainer in several Texas Kodály programs.

Mary Stevens has been an Elementary Music Specialist in Aldine ISD for 29 years. She is currently a Music Specialist at Carter Academy for the Performing Arts in Aldine ISD. Ms. Stevens received her Bachelor of Music Education from Morningside College, and her Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University.

Spring 2015 workshop TBD

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

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