Dr. Jill Trinka

Coastal Carolina University
Recharge Your Repertoire Batteries: My Little Rooster and Other Folk Songs, Singing Games, and Play Parties

This Workshop has already happened. Thank you to all those who were able to attend!

Jill Trinka, Ph. D. was a 1974-75 Ford Foundation Ringer Fellow at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where she studied Kodály philosophy and practice in music education.  She has taught in public and private schools in IL, NY, CT, and TX, and was on the music education faculties at the University of Central Arkansas, the University of North Texas, and the University of St. Thomas, where she also served as director of Graduate Programs in Music Education.

An internationally acknowledged Master Teacher in the Kodály philosophy of music education, she has directed and taught in Kodály Teacher Training Institutes throughout the United States.  She currently directs the West Chester University (PA) Kodály Certificate Program. A past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and 2003 recipient of their Outstanding Educator Award, Dr. Trinka is well known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo.  Jill’s publications – My Little Rooster, Bought Me a Cat, John, the Rabbit, and The Little Black Bull; Jill Trinka:  The Bass Hall Children’s Concerts DVD (Ft. Worth, TX); and recordings Had a Little Rooster, There’s a Hole in the Bucket, and Old Joe Clark, with John Feierabend, are published by GIA Music.


David Xiques

San Fransisco State University
Solfege and Sonority: Teaching Music Reading in the Choral Classroom

February 22, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
American Heritage School
736 North 1100 East
American Fork, Utah 84003

David J. Xiques, professor of music in the School of Music at San Francisco State University, teaches ear training and musicianship classes and coordinates the choral program. A Kodály specialist, he is a former faculty member at the Kodály Summer Certification Program at New York University. He is also a professional tenor with the SFS Chorus and serves as assistant director. Mr. Xiques is a frequent choral clinician and presenter at music conferences. His book, Solfege and Sonority: Teaching Music Reading in Choral Classroom, is available from Oxford University Press.  He also has two choral arrangements published by Alliance Music Publications: Bashana Haba ‘a and Chants of Faiths.


Dr. Georgia Newlin

Adelphi University
One Accord: Developing Part-Singing Skills in School-Age Musicians

April 25, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105

Georgia A Newlin, DMA is an independent Music Education Consultant. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for sixteen years and at the collegiate level for fifteen.

Currently, Georgia is called upon as a conductor for choral festivals, as a clinician for choral workshops, reading sessions, and intermediate grade methodology, as well 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 presented at conferences of the Organization of American Kodály Society, International Kodály Society, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Kodály Music Educators in Australia, and Kodály Society of Ontario, as well as Choral & Music Education associations in California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.


In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the InterMuse Academy at BYU, UFOLKS is offering member pricing to anyone who is a member of ANY MUSIC EDUCATION group (Kodály, Orff, Suzuki, UMEA, ACDA, BTS, ASTA, school districts, church groups, etc.)! Simply choose the “Music Education Member” option and enjoy this anniversary gift on us!


Registration is also available on-site
the day of the workshop.


Best in Music is celebrating 30 years of service to the music community of Utah, and we are excited to be partnering with them to offer opportunities to purchase additional publications and materials at our workshops this year. Don’t forget to bring your wallets and school credit cards! Also, come to the workshop at 8:00 am to help set up for the event and get a $5 voucher to use at the Best in Music Booth that day!