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Kodály Levels I, II & III

​June 22 - July 2, 2020

At the heart of the Kodály philosophy is the student's innate musicality and the use of natural, logical pedagogical sequence to unlock the key to musical literacy. Kodály Levels cover the inspiring philosophy and teaching tools promoted by Zoltan Kodály. Successful participants will finish with an abundance of new songs, games, activities and techniques that will energize, organize and perhaps transform their teaching. The daily schedule will include pedagogy, musicianship, folk music materials, choir and special topics such as instruments in the classroom and classical music connections for students.

3 quarter hour credits / 2 semester hour credits / PD hours available
2020 Rates: Credit: $2,655* / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $1,185* / Non-credit: $935*


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Instructor Biographies

Sarah Bartolome

Sarah Bartolome previously held the position of assistant professor of music education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BM in voice performance and music education from Ithaca College, an MM in music education with a concentration in voice performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University, and a PhD in music education from the University of Washington. Her research interests include children’s musical culture, ethnomusicology, choral culture from a global perspective, service-learning in higher education, and music teacher preparation. She has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education and the Music Educators Journal. 

Janell Bjorklund

Janell Bjorklund teaches general elementary music for Evanston-Skokie School District 65.  She earned her MM in music education from DePaul University and her BM in music education from the University of North Texas. Bjorklund is certified in the Kodály approach through Southern Methodist University / Plano ISD training program and is certified in the Orff Schulwerk approach through DePaul University. Bjorklund has had her research accepted for poster sessions at the Illinois Music Education Association Annual Statewide Conference and the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference. She currently serves on the board of the Chicago Area Kodály Educators.

Jana Martin

Jana Martin is in her sixteenth year of teaching music, with experiences in pre-K-12 vocal and general music. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and National Board Certification in early and middle childhood. She completed her Kodály Certification at New York University, and Orff certification at DePaul University. Jana currently works at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette Public Schools District 39 where she teaches general music and directs the High Five Junior Chorus, and is in her second year as adjunct faculty in the Kodály levels program at DePaul.

Jamie Parker has been teaching kindergarten through fourth grade music at Troy Craughwell Elementary School in Joliet, Illinois since 2008. She also directs the Troy Craughwell fourth grade choir, teaches clarinet lessons privately, and teaches a music summer camp for pre-school children. Jamie received her Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2008 and her Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis from The Kodály Institute at Capital University in 2012. She is the current president of the Chicago Area Kodály Educators, and she sat on the 2013 MKMEA Conference Committee as the Registration Chair. She has presented workshops for Northern Illinois University, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, the Chicago Area Kodály Educators , and the Midwest Kodály Educators of America Conference.

Rachel holds her Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Kodály from Capital University and her Bachelors in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University. This marks her tenth year as the general music teacher for Grove Avenue and Roslyn Road elementary schools in the Barrington School District. She teaches music to first through fifth graders as well as leads a choir at each building. Rachel is the artistic director of the Palatine Children’s Chorus. She is also the director for the Kids 'n’ Musik Choir with Kindermusik Northwest in Palatine, IL.

Julia Shaw holds a PhD in music education from Northwestern University, a master of music in choral conducting from Butler University, and a bachelor of music education with high distinction from Indiana University. Her teaching experience includes ten years working in diverse school and non-profit settings in Indianapolis and Chicago. Dr. Shaw was honored as Teacher of the Year for the Zionsville Community Schools and Boone County in 2007. She has worked extensively with children's choirs, including the Chicago Children's Choir, Indianapolis Children's Choir, and the Indiana University Children's Choir. Dr. Shaw’s areas of scholarly interest include child and adolescent vocal development, culturally diverse learners, music teacher education, urban education, and socio-cultural issues in music education. Recently, she received the Society for Research in Music Education’s Research Grant to investigate effective professional development experiences for urban music educators. She has presented sessions for state and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education and the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She serves on the editorial committee of Music Educators Journal, a journal in which her work has been published. An active choral clinician, Dr. Shaw is frequently called upon as a guest conductor for All-State and honor choirs. She is also a certified Kodály educator and has taught in the summer Kodály institutes of DePaul University, James Madison University, and the University of Central Missouri. She has also taught in the summer graduate program of the University of St. Thomas.


*Rates are tentative as of January 2020 and subject to change prior to March 31, 2020.

For general questions, please email: musicedworkshops@depaul.edu