Welcome to the Kodály Corner!

Hello, and welcome to the Kodály Corner! We are very excited to start this collaborative blog, to share activities, songs, ideas, and more, all inspired by the vision of Zoltan Kodály.

This blog was inspired by another collaborative blog, called "Blog Hoppin'" (at imbloghoppin.blogspot.com.) We thought it would be great to have a site just like this, dedicated to the Kodály philosophy. So the Kodály Corner was born!

The idea of the blog is this: at least twice a week, a Kodály-inspired teacher will post a blog about something that could help you in your music classroom. We started the blog with Aileen Miracle, Amy Abbott, and Lindsay Jervis, and so far, have added five more collaborators to the list! Today, we'd like to introduce you to the three of us...you will meet the other teacher bloggers soon!

So you can get to know us better, we are answering the following questions:

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself

2.) Where and what do you teach?
3.) How long have you been teaching?
4.) Where did you do your Kodály levels?
5.) Which Kodály-inspired teacher has been the most inspiring to you?
6.) What is your favorite Kodály levels memory?
7.) What is your favorite teaching memory?

Here goes!

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Aileen Miracle, and I live in Columbus, Ohio. I am originally from Michigan but moved down to Ohio during my master's program. My family includes my husband Scott (who is a business analyst by day and a singer/songwriter by night), my nine-year-old daughter Jenna (who I've taught music too since Kindergarten and will be singing with the OAKE national choir in Atlanta!) and our sixteen-month-old daughter Macy (who loves to giggle and listen to music!)
During my first year of teaching, I knew I enjoyed what I was doing, but felt like something was missing. I researched masters programs in music education, and found Capital University's Kodály program, where a college friend had already started taking levels. She gushed about how great the program was, and sold me on it (and luckily, the masters program had just begun at Capital!) Sitting in my first day of class at Capital, I knew it would be life-changing, and of course, it has been!
2.) Where and what do you teach? In Olentangy Local Schools, which is about half an hour north of Columbus. I teach K-5 music, 5th grade band, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade choir. I started teaching at my elementary school when it first opened, and it is such an amazing place to work!
3.) How long have you been teaching? 15 years...I can't believe it's been that long!
4.) Where did you do your Kodály levels? At Capital University in Columbus; I took level III at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét
5.) Which Kodály-inspired teacher has been the most inspiring to you? I have had so many amazing teachers, so it is hard to pick, but I will say Julie Swank. She was the first person to open my eyes to how amazing this philosophy can be!
 6.) What is your favorite Kodály levels memory? Studying in Kecskemét, Hungary, at the Kodály Institute was so incredible...taking in the Hungarian culture, listening to the remarkable musicianship of Hungarian children...I am so glad I was able to experience that, even if only for three weeks!
7.) What is your favorite teaching memory? Wow, so many to choose from! I feel so blessed to go to work every day and sing and play with my students. Every Friday morning, before school, I direct a third, fourth, and fifth grade choir. I am often groggy (as I don't have time to drink coffee until after choir!) and with a 16-month-old who sometimes wakes in the middle of the night, I need a boost of energy! There have been several rehearsals, though, that the students have sung so beautifully and joyfully, with huge smiles on their faces, that I get more than enough energy I need for the day. It is even better when I see students skipping out of the room, thanking me for choir, and still singing.  I am so happy to help bring that joy to students' lives--the same joy that music has given me!

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Amy Abbott. I am a Colorado native that comes from a family of teachers. My mom and my only brother are also music teachers (my mom teaches K-8 general music and my brother teaches middle and high school band.) During college I went to some workshops with Jill Trinka. When I moved to Oregon for my first teaching job I remembered that she taught Kodály levels in Portland so I talked my mom into taking level I with me after my first year of teaching. With much arm twisting I talked my mom into taking all four levels of Kodály with me. When I moved back to Colorado I decided to enter the masters program at CSU. Because of how college credits transfer I had to retake two levels of my Kodály training so I took level II with Sue-Leithold-Bowcock and level III with Ann Eisen. When I was finished I audited Jo Kirk's level I class. I believe that it is every child's right to learn and be exposed to music. I believe that all children are capable of being music makes and I hope to instill a life-long love of music into my students.
I am happily married to my best friend, who also comes from a family of teahcers. In fact, I had both of my in-laws as teachers in high school and my husband and I were in high school band together but didn't start dating until 8 years after we graduated. We have two amazing kids, Noah and Hannah. They both attend my school and it's so much fun having them in music class!
2.) Where and what do you teach? My first three years of teaching were in Salem, OR and for the past 13 years I have taught in the St. Vrain Valley School District, with 10 years in Longmont and the last 3 in Erie (where we live)
3.) How long have you been teaching? This is my 16th year teaching music
4.) Where did you do your Kodály levels? Portland State (all four levels) and Colorado State (levels II & III.) I have certification from both.
5.) Which Kodály-inspired teacher has been the most inspiring to you? Susan Brumfield. She was my pedagogy teacher for 4 years and I still email her all the time. She coached me through teaching level II last year!
 6.) What is your favorite Kodály levels memory? Performing Susan's arrangement of No Time at one of our PSU concerts, and Jill Trinka starting it as a solo with dulcimer accompaniment. Still gives me goose bumps!
7.) What is your favorite teaching memory? There are so many! I love those "Ah ha!!!" moments, when students share how they taught their parents or grandparents their songs from music and how they all sang them together as a family, when they take what they've learned in music class and applied it to something else or built on their knowledge. I love seeing the kids play the singing games that they learned in music outside on the play ground. And I love it when the younger siblings come into music already knowing the songs because their older sibling loves the songs so much that they sing them "all the time" at home.

1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Lindsay Jervis. I am relatively young in my teaching career, but I am so passionate about teaching music and sharing the joyful moments in music with children. Growing up, I always LOVED music, but I was never taught how to read it. I happened upon the Kodály Method/Approach while I was student teaching when I went to a workshop presented by Leigh Ann Mock Garner. At the time I had no intentions of becoming an elementary music teacher, but she changed my heart and my life and showed me what a joy elementary music can and SHOULD be. I cannot believe my job is to go to school and sing and play with kids! At home, I am mommy to an adorable, ornery 17 month old, Ellie, a 10 week puppy named Dizzy, and a cat named Socks. My husband teaches 6th-12th grade band about an hour from home. We haven't gotten to travel much since Ellie was born, but we love to travel. Our favorite destination is NYC!
2.) Where and what do you teach? I live in Wichita, KS and am currently teaching Pre-K through 5th grade music in one of the suburb school districts.
3.) How long have you been teaching? This is my fourth year teaching.
4.) Where did you do your Kodály levels?4 I did all three Kodály Levels at Wichita State University and am currently working towards my Masters in Music Education 5.) Which Kodály-inspired teacher has been the most inspiring to you? There are two Kodaly teachers who got me started on the right track, and without them, I would never be where I am today. Much thanks and love goes to Leigh Ann Mock Garner and Jo Kirk!  6.) What is your favorite Kodály levels memory? Solfege classes with Gabor  6.) What is your favorite Kodály levels memory? Several favorite teaching moments come to mind. I LOVE when you are presenting a concept and you can see it "click" and the students say "OH! This is...." another favorite moment happened last year right after our evening performance of our 2nd and 3rd grade program. One of my 2nd grades went yelling down the sidewalk at the top of his lungs, "THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE!". I will never forget that.

For more information about Aileen, Amy, and Lindsay--including our bios, please see the About Us page. We are very excited to be able to share the joys of the Kodály philosophy with you! Stay tuned to meet more of our bloggers soon!


  1. Very excited about this new website - absolutely the individual blogs and follow each of the three listed above!!! They helped me immensely during 2013 as I was on a steep learning curve teaching music for the first time with a science background!! But loved every minute and I'm back doing it again in 2014. BUT when I went to subscribe by email it said that it wasn't enabled on this website - can you check? I thank you for all your hard work, ideas, effort, willingness to share and collaborate together,,

  2. So excited about this blog! Jamie, I was reading your bio…so funny. I went to Wesleyan, Mary Eggleston made me want to teach elementary music AND (and this is a big AND), my first job was in Troy too! Small world, huh?! Very cool!

  3. Hi Kodály Colleagues! I hope you will consider my new forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, "Solfege and Sonority: Teaching Music Reading in the Choral Classroom". I believe you will find its Kodály approach to using choral repertoire to teach music literacy a useful tool in your teaching. You can find it on OUP's website, and/or pre order it on Amazon. It will be shipping soon! Thank you! Dave Xiques, NCAKE



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