Kathy Kuddes, Music Specialist
Kathy Kuddes is a trained Kodály Specialist with 30 years in public music education in Texas. Her classroom teaching career of 14 years included positions teaching elementary music, middle school and high school choirs, community pre-school music programs, church choirs, undergraduate music methods courses and graduate Kodály Teacher Training courses. She is the Founder and Coordinator of the Plano Kodály Teacher Training Program through her current position as Director of Fine Arts for the Plano Independent School District in Plano, Texas. Her current specializations include Folk Music Materials and Research in support of the Kodály approach developing strong K-12 vertical teams through music curriculum development activities and the integration of language support for Limited English Proficient students in the music classroom.

In addition to her school work Kathy continues to sing in her local church choir, as time allows, and plays occasionally in a flute ensemble. She is an avid student of American folk music, plays mountain dulcimer and autoharp, and has recently taken up the hammered dulcimer.

She and her husband, Kent, spend their leisure time traveling and doting on their dachshunds. Their recent travels have included the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Curaçao, St. Lucia and Australia. In 2007 Kent established a named scholarship at Millikin University in Kathy’s name to support a music education student in the pursuit of their degree.

Educational History

  • Bachelor of Music Education Degree ~ Millikin University, Decatur, IL (1979 - 1983)
  • Kodály Training Certificate ~ University of Texas/FAME Kodály Institute, Round Top, TX (1988 - 1990)
  • Masters of Music Education Degree ~ University of North Texas, Denton, TX (1991 - 1995)

Provisional All-Level Music Certificate ~ State of Texas
Professional Supervisor Certificate ~ State of Texas
English as a Second Language Supplemental Certification ~ State of Texas

Additional Professional Activities

  • Organization of American Kodály Educators Southern Division President (1997-2001), Administrative Liaison (2000-2004), Conference Planning Committees (2002 & 2010)
  • Kodály Educators of Texas Vice President – Newsletter Editor (1994-1998)
  • University of North Texas Adjunct Instructor – Kodály in Context International Study Course (2007)
  • Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts – Fine Arts Summit Trainer Cadre Member (2000 to 2005)
  • Plano Kodály Teacher Training Program – Founder, Program Coordinator & Folk Music Research Instructor (2002-present)
  • Kodály Institute of North Texas (Univeristy of North Texas) – Lead Teacher & Folk Music Research Instructor (2004-2010)
  • The Blue Shoe Project  – Educational Advisory Board Member (2007-2010)
  • Plano Kodály Training Program @ SMU – Lead Teacher & Folk Music Research Instructor (2010 - present)
  • Texas Music Administrators Conference – Secretary/Treasurer 2013-14, Vice-President 2014-15


  • Nationally Registered Music Educator ~ Music Educators National Conference (1993)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Education ~ University of North Texas (1995)
  • Marquis Who’s Who ~ Who’s Who of American Women (2002) & International Who’s Who (2004)
  • Manchester Who’s Who ~ Registry of Executives and Professionals (2005)
  • Cambridge Who’s Who ~ Registry of Executives and Professionals (2007)
  • Continental Who’s Who ~ Lifetime Registry of Executives and Professionals (2008)
  • Outstanding Administrator of the Year ~ Organization of American Kodály Educators (2010)
  • Alumni Merit-Loyalty Award ~ Millikin University (2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • International Kodály Society
  • Organization of American Kodály Educators
  • Kodály Educators of Texas
  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • Texas Music Educators Conference
  • Texas Music Educators Association
  • Texas Music Administrators Conference
  • Texas Choral Directors Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development