Get to know me.

I am a trained Kodály Specialist with more than 35 years in public music education in Texas. My classroom teaching career of 14 years included positions teaching elementary music, middle school and high school choirs. In addition I have had the opportunity to teach community pre-school music programs, conduct church choirs, and instruct both undergraduate music methods courses and graduate Kodály Teacher Training courses. I am the Founder and Coordinator of the Plano Kodály Teacher Training Program, endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators, through my current position as Director of Fine Arts for the Plano Independent School District in Plano, Texas. My 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 my school work I continue (as my work schedule allows) to sing in my local church choir, play regularly in our hand bell choir and occasionally in the flute ensemble. I am an avid student of American folk music from all cultural groups. I play mountain dulcimer, autoharp, spoons and recorder and I am working (slowly) to learn to play both the hammered dulcimer and the Woodrow (a guitar/dulcimer hybrid).

My husband, Kent, and I spend our leisure time traveling and doting on our dachshund, Milo. Our recent travels have included Germany & Austria, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Curaçao, and St. Lucia. I have been able to participate in and present for the International Kodály Symposia in Australia, Hungary and Scotland.

In 2007 Kent established the Kathryn Springer Kuddes scholarship at Millikin University (my Alma Mater) to allow us the opportunity to support one or more music education students in the pursuit of their degree.

A little bit more about me...

My Credentials

Education & Training

Bachelor of Music Education Degree ~ Millikin University, Decatur, IL (1979 - 1983)
Masters of Music Education Degree ~ University of North Texas, Denton, TX (1991 - 1995)
Professional Supervision Course Work ~ University of North Texas, Denton, TX (1997 - 1999)

Certifications

Provisional All-Level Music Certificate ~ State of Texas (1983)
Kodály Training Certificate ~ University of Texas/FAME Kodály Institute, Round Top, TX (1988 - 1990)
Professional Supervisor Certificate ~ State of Texas (1999)
English as a Second Language Supplemental Certification ~ State of Texas (2012)

Recognitions

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)
Outstanding Administrator - Texas Music Administrators Conference (2016)
Lifetime Achievement Award - Kodály Educators of Texas (2020)
For the Love Art - Arts Leadership Award - ArtCentre of Plano (2020)

Professional Affiliations