The Kodály Summer Institute

The Kodály Summer Institute


2018 Kodály Institute Faculty

gault Brent Gault, Director
Jacobs School of Music Faculty
nyssa Nyssa Maria Brown
gillespie Diana Pannell Georgia A. Newlin
Bethany Houff
Brent Gault

Brent Gault has taught elementary and early childhood music courses in Texas, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He specializes in elementary general music education, early childhood music education, and Kodaly methodology. Professor Gault also has training in both the Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education.

He has presented workshops at national conferences of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the Dalcroze Society of America, and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. In addition, he has served as a presenter for regional, state, and local music education organization including the Eastern Division of MENC, the Indiana Music Educators Association, the Indiana General Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the Kodaly Educators of Eastern Pensylvania. Articles by Gault have been published in various music education periodicals, including the Bulletin of the Coucil for Research in Music Education, the Kodaly Envoy and the American Dalcroze Journal.

In addition to teaching in the Music Education Department, Dr. Gault serves as the director of the Indiana University Children's Choir.

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Nyssa Maria Brown

Nyssa Brown is an elementary music teacher at the American School of the Hague in the Netherlands.  She draws on her K-9 vocal/choral music experience in the US and abroad while presenting at local, regional, national, and international conferences on topics that include global music, 21st Century Skills in the music classroom, technology integration, curriculum/assessment writing and professional learning.  In the recent development of the National Core Arts Standards, Nyssa served as a Grade 3-5 sub-committee member.  Ms. Brown served as Music Education Coordinator for Minnesota’s Perpich Center for Arts Education and coached teachers in over 100 school districts across the state of Minnesota.  She was one of ten finalists for 2004 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and received a prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2004 from the Milken Family Foundation. 

Passionate about teaching in a global context, Nyssa taught at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and in both Namibia and South Africa, through a fellowship offered by the Eastman School of Music's Umculo: The Kimberley Project.  Nyssa is a faculty member of the Kodály Levels Course at Indiana University and the University of St. Thomas.  Nyssa also studied in Hungary at the Kodály Institute's summer seminar.  She released her first CD in October, 2000, "Packwood or Paradise" and is currently recording a CD of lullabies.  Ms. Brown graduated from the Hartt School of Music and Hartford College for Women in 1998 with a BMus in Education and a BArts in Women's Studies.  She completed her Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas, 2008.  Her Kodály certification was earned at Brigham Young University in 2001, and she has completed Levels 1 and 2 of her Orff training at University of St. Thomas.

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Diana Pannell

Diana Pannell has taught choral/general music for 29 years - the previous 21 of those as music specialist in Southern Indiana and Orchard Park Elementary in Carmel, IN. Prior to her retirement in 2014, she served as choral director at Carmel High School. She received a Bachelor of Music Education, with piano emphasis, from Indiana University, and has completed all coursework for a Masters in Music Education, piano cognate, from IU as well. She has worked with the IU Children's Choir, the Indianapolis Children's Choir (ICC), and various adult/youth church choirs in and around Indianapolis.

Diana continues to enjoy working with elementary-aged children by serving as clinician for state-wide choral festivals and workshops. She currently serves as President of Indiana Kodály Educators (IKE), and is a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Diana has presented workshops on pedagogy, pitch-matching, and singing games at the state and national level.

Diana first received her Kodály Levels training under Dr. Jean Sinor at Indiana University and most recently received additional Levels training (I-III) at the Indiana University Summer Kodály Institute. Diana is thrilled to be an instructor at the IU SKI, teaching and Pedagogy II and Special Topics. 

In addition to her work at IU, Diana has recently joined the staff at AKI at Loyola University, Balitmore MD, where she will be teaching Level 2 Pedagogy and Secondary Conducting.

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Georgia A. Newlin

Georgia A. Newlin, DMA is Associate Professor of Music Education at Adelphi University on Long Island, NY. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for fifteen years and at the collegiate level for thirteen.

Currently, Georgia is called upon as a conductor for choral festivals, as a clinician for choral workshops, reading sessions and intermediate grade methodology, and as a consultant for curriculum planning. She teaches musicianship, conducting, and ensemble in Kodály programs at Indiana University, University of Hawai’i, and James Madison University.

Georgia is Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of The VoiceCare Network. She has been a presenter for numerous music associations and conferences at local, state, national and international levels. She has had articles published in journals such as the Choral Journal, Orff Echo, Kodály Envoy, and Southwestern Musician. She served for three years on the Music Educators Journal Advisory Committee for the National Association for Music Education.

Music Is Elementary has published her new book, One Accord: Developing Part-Singing Skills in School-Age Musicians, as well as her lesson plans for teaching music literacy through choral singing in The Crooked River Choral Project. Georgia’s arrangement of “Es ist ein Ros’ ‘entsprungen” is part of the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series from Colla Voce.

Georgia holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, a Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names College, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University.

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Bethany Houff

Bethany Houff has been the choral director at Harrisonburg High School, located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, since 2003. In addition to conducting four choral ensembles, she teaches an introductory musical theatre course and beginning piano classes. She served on the design team of the innovative Harrisonburg High School Fine Arts Academy where colleagues in dance, drama, music, visual art, and creative writing teach collaboratively in a sequential and integrated arts curriculum.

Beth received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from James Madison University. She received her Kodály Certification in 2014 having completed her studies at both Indiana University and James Madison University.