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Kathy with her Autoharp

Kathy Kuddes is retired the Director of Fine Arts for the Plano Independent School District, Coordinator of the Plano Kodály Training Program, and lead instructor for its partner program at the Meadows School of Fine Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is also a contributing folk song researcher for McGraw Hill Education.

Plano ISD is a district of approximately 50,000 students with trained Kodály Music Specialists in all 44 elementary schools, award-winning band, choir, orchestra, theatre and speech programs for students in grades 6-12, acclaimed visual arts, and a top ranked music theory program for high school juniors and seniors. To learn more about Plano ISD Fine Arts Programs click here.

To learn more about Kathy's professional background and read about her education, training, professional involvements and recognitions click on the "Learn More About Me" button below.

Check out my latest discussion with conversation with Victoria Boler on her Podcast - "Histories Beyond the Page"

what I Do

In addition to my administrative duties, I am a busy presenter.  To see a complete list of Teacher Training Programs, Conference Sessions and Music Education Workshops I have presented and/or participated in across the United States and beyond click on the "Session & Workshop Topics" button below.

Folk Music Resources

These resource pages contain links to some of my favorite on-line folk music collections, performers pages, live folk music opportunities and much more..

Future Dates

June 3-14, 2024
Fort Bend Kodály Institute - Fort Bend, TX
I am excited to return to this dynamic training program and teach Materials III. Bring on the indexing!
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June 10-July 25, 2024
Culturally Responsive Song Research - Kent State University
Using the philosophical lens of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the application process of Kodály-inspired pedagogy, this course will guide practitioners in examining music education curriculum, particularly song repertoire, in order to be better informed about the cultural implications of the repertoire, appropriateness, and need for contextual teaching. Participants will read relevant literature, explore resources to aid in song origin research, identify curricular units they want to revise, examine teaching strategies that support culturally responsive practice, and engage in teaching demonstrations of revised units. Virtual & Asynchronous Classes June 10 - July 19 - In Person Classes July 23-25.
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July 2 - 18, 2024
Plano Kodály Teacher Training Program  - Meadows School of the Arts, SMU - Dallas, TX
I will again be leading an amazing collection of instructors to offer Levels I, II and III for elementary music teachers and Choral Track I and II. Our expert faculty includes Benjamin Daniel. Jason Dove, Corey Fisher, Bethany Houff, Brenda Keen, Dr. Georgia Newlin, .Sarah Riordan, Kristin Vogt and Melissa Roth Young.
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Other Opportunities:
I would love to share with you and your colleagues my passion for Kodály-inspired instruction, folk song research, vertical curriculum planning and articulation and more. If you are interested in scheduling me to come to your region or school district for a workshop, please use the "Contact Me" link below.

Kathy's Virtual
Folk Song Collection

This collection is a labor of love and a work in progress. These songs are of the folk and belong to no one. However, the notation and research found in this binder is my own work. All are welcome to enjoy them for personal or classroom use.

If you wish to share or publish any of these materials for professional purposes, please request permission to do so using the "Contact Me" link above.  Tabs without song notation are place holders for future work - check back often.

Summer Training Program Materials

Folk Music Students with the instructor authorized passwords - click the appropriate link below to access the Livebinder of course materials.