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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

July 2-3, 2020 (Two sections available 9:30-11:30 and 1:00-3:00)
An Introduction to Kodály - ON-LINE COURSE
Join us to explore the pillars of the Kodály concept as you consider taking the Level I Teacher Education Course in 2021! Together via Zoom, we’ll discuss the history, philosophy, instructional process, personal musicianship and curricular design that are the foundation of Kodály-inspired teaching.
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July 6-17, 2020 (1:30-4:30 pm Weekdays)
Building a Personal Song Collection - ON-LINE COURSE
This course is designed for teachers who are ready to work in detail on their instructional song collection. Learn how to use Musecore (free notation software) to transcribe song material in Mastercopy format, investigate a variety of print and online resources for song material and information and apply Kodály-inspired analysis to determine where these songs are most useful within a literacy-based curriculum. Participants should have completed at least one level of Kodály training and begun an instructional song collection.
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July 6-22, 2020
Plano Kodály Teacher Training Program - CANCELLED due to COVID 19
Levels I, II and III and Choral Track I,  II & III with an international faculty including two Hungarian master teachers and currently practicing elementary music specialist and middle school choir directors.
Southern Methodist University - Dallas, TX
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October 9-10, 2020
Oregon Elementary Music Educators Workshop
Details coming soon.

If you are interested in scheduling me to come to your region or school district for a workshop, please us the "Contact Me" link.

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.