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Kathy with her Autoharp


Kathy Kuddes is currently 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.

Plano ISD is a district of approximately 53,000 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.

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

February 10, 2023 - 4 pm - Grand Hyatt Texas ABC
Texas Music Educators Association Convention - San Antonio, TX
"All They Really Need to Know They Can Learn Through Singing Games" - Inspired by Robert Fulgum's influential 2004 publication "All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten," this session will demonstrate way in which students can develop into great humans through participation in a variety of traditional singing games in the music classroom.
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March 16-19. 2023 - 3 sessions!
Organization of American Kodály Educators Convention - Jacksonville, FL
1) "Doing Your Own Research" - Join others with an interest in scholarly folksong research to look into quality source materials that are now largely available online.
2) "Bartók's "For Children": Miniature Masterworks - Discover or Re-discover the masterful arrangements of Hungarian and Slovak folk songs written in the first decade of the 20th century by Béla Bartók. Dive into these lovely pieces and explore ways to sue them for singing, moving and adapting to classroom instruments.
3) "ETT: Teaching Responsible Song Research" - This session is focused on ways to incorporate the teaching of folk song research into the Musical Literature/Materials component of Kodály levels training. as part of the Education of Teachers of Teachers track.
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May 30 - June 15, 2023
Fort Bend Kodály Institute - Fort Bend, TX
I am excited to join this dynamic Kodály certification program, for the first time this summer, teaching Materials 3.
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July 5 - 19, 2023
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 & II. Our expert faculty includes Gay deMontel, Jason Dove, Corey Fisher Smith, Bethany Houff, Brenda Keen, Dr. Georgia Newlin, .Sarah Riordan, Kristin Vogt and Melissa Roth Young.
Check Back in February for Registration Details.

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.