Blast from the Past
Past-Presidents of UFOLKS

November 7, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT)
Online Zoom Session!

A link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the event.

Some Entertaining Tips and Tricks to
Keep Your Class Smiling
(i.e., interested and engaged)

Kayla Spurlock

Discover a few totally doable practices that will bring peace, laughter, and focus to your classroom during these emotional times and into the future. Tips and tricks will relate to dancing, useful websites, non-verbal cues and prompting, singing, and possibly a Kentucky folk song surprise.

Kayla Spurlock has taught for eleven years as the music specialist at Franklin Elementary in the Provo City School District.  She holds a Master’s in Music Education from Brigham Young University, and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University.  Trained in the Kodály approach to music education, she is Level III Kodály certified from the InterMuse certification program at BYU.  Kayla conducted the Provo Elementary Festival/Honor Choirs in 2016 and 2019, and she currently works on composing and adding to the literature at www.kaylaspurlockmusic.com 

Bringing the Music Home

Emilie Lundberg

Explore with Emilie how we can help our students create a musical culture within their own homes so music isn’t just a class they take at school.

Emilie has been teaching early childhood and elementary music education for over 10 years. She has a dual degree in Music Education and Elementary Education from BYU and is Kodaly-certified. She teaches Music and Movement classes at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and loves working with students from all musical backgrounds. While working as the Head of the Early Childhood Music Department at The Gifted Music School, she discovered the 3 most important things to help children feel confident in their ability to learn music:

  1. Make it FUN!
  2. Use children’s folk songs that they know and LOVE!
  3. Break it into bite-sized chunks just like we do for learning how to read words.


She is also the founder and creator of Music Adventure Box subscription box company. Emilie is passionate about bringing music into the family culture and is so excited to share her love of teaching with you and your students.

Another Way to See
Singing Games

Marie Haws

Children’s play is essential for many reasons, but one of its effects is the physical and neurological development of our sense of sight.  As children play games requiring depth perception, movement, balance, and coordination, their brains and eyes learn how to work in concert to create something we call “vision.”  A typical eye exam measures vision in terms of focusing ability—you either have 20/20 vision, or you don’t.  However, the type of vision that we need to be successful in school, work, and everyday activities is actually much more complex.  It relates to how well our eyes work together and how our brain translates the signals it receives from our eyes.  These skills (or lack thereof) have a huge impact on our ability to read, write, and pay attention for extended periods of time.  Not surprisingly (to us music teachers anyways), the foundations for these skills can be found in many of the singing games that children have been playing for generations.  Together, we will explore some of these games and their possible connections to the development of vision skills.

Marie Haws has taught for a total of 11 years and is currently working as an Elementary Music Teacher in the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.  She completed her Masters in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis at Holy Names University in May 2020.  While in California for her Masters, she taught music part-time at an elementary school in Oakland.  Previously, she taught music full-time for nine years at several elementary schools in the Provo City School District in Utah.  She led both before- and during-school choirs for 4th through 6th graders at the schools where she taught in Provo, in addition to conducting the first District Honor Choir in 2017.  She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Brigham Young University in April 2006.  Marie served as president of the Utah Fellowship of Local Kodály Specialists (a chapter of the Organization of American Kodály Educators) for a total of four years.

Using Audacity to Your Advantage

Jessica Pluim

In this presentation Jessica will teach some simple tasks you can use with the free audio editing software, Audacity. These will include how to record audio, cut and join audio, export for sharing, and more. These tools are more valuable now than ever before. Learn how to create your own audio files for distance learning, create professional audition tapes for your students, and more.

Jessica Pluim is a Kodály Music Specialist with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Music Education from Brigham Young University. She also completed her 3-year Kodály certification at BYU. Jessica has experience teaching elementary classroom music as well as children’s, youth, and adult choirs. Jessica is a past president of UFOLKS and current children’s music leader at her local church in Oregon.

Staying Afloat:
Teaching Music in These
Ever-Changing Times

Julianna Gylseth

Julianna Gylseth, M.M.E., will share various ways to adapt our Kodály music instruction to the ever changing needs of face to face, zoom, and asynchronous instruction.  We will discuss practical ways to play games, and make music memorable in whatever setting we find ourselves in.  

Julianna Gylseth a K-6 music specialist in the Provo City School District where she guides a general music program at Spring Creek Elementary, a Title 1 school. She directs the Spring Creek Concert Choir, grades 4-6. She also serves as a mentor and coach for the elementary music teachers in her district. In the summer, she teaches pedagogy at the InterMuse Academy for Kodály Studies at Brigham Young University.  She has presented workshops on various topics in Elementary Music Education throughout the state of Utah, as well as nationally.  Julianna has participated in many choirs including the Utah Baroque Ensemble, and the Cathedral Choir of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado. She received the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Legacy Award from the Utah State Office of Education, and was honored to be the Utah PTA Teacher of the Year in 2019.  B.M., Brigham Young University, M.M.E. Holy Names University, Gifted and Talented Endorsed.

A Magyar Dal:
The InterMuse Faculty in Hungary

Logan McKinney

This will be a report of the 2019 Study Trip of the InterMuse Academy for Kodály Certification at Brigham Young University to Hungary. Details of the trip, including classroom observations, will be discussed and selected inspirational recordings will be shared.

Logan McKinney is the current president of the Utah Fellowship of Local Kodály Specialists and will be offering this report in the place of Rebecca McLaughin, past-president of UFOLKS and the current Director of the InterMuse Academy at Brigham Young University.


Maree Hennessy

Holy Names University
Teaching Strategies for
Older Beginners

February 20, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
American Fork*

Maree Hennessy is an internationally recognised leader, teacher, professional development facilitator and mentor in Kodály-inspired practice. Her career spans from music teacher in regional Queensland to Director of the renowned Kodály Center at Holy Names University.

Maree has extensive experience in music education across sectors and age groups – early childhood, school, university and community settings in state, independent and Catholic school systems. Having worked in country Queensland, she developed extensive experience in teaching and learning in multi-level and mixed ability contexts.

Maree has developed curriculum materials and resources designed to assist teachers in the implementation of effective music programs in schools. She previously worked as Senior Project Writer for Curriculum into the Classroom materials designed to support Queensland teachers in the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum. She was also an editor, key writer and demonstration teacher for the KMEIA QLD ‘Middle Years Music Education’ DVD resource for teachers.

Maree is a past president of KMEIA QLD and was coordinator of the still successful Open Classroom Series in Queensland. She has been involved in the KMEIA National Council through various roles, most notably as an expert consultant on the Education Committee. Maree is an Accredited Lecturer for the Australian Kodály Certificate, and is especially admired as a leader of Primary Level 1. She has lectured in Brisbane, including as part of the University of Queensland postgraduate summer semester courses, and Perth, as well as in New Zealand and Malaysia, and has presented at International Kodály Symposiums.

At the University of Queensland, Maree was a highly respected lecturer in music education. She had various roles in aural musicianship and classroom pedagogy in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. During this time, she helped significantly shape a generation of classroom music teachers. Maree has demonstrated a commitment to Kodály-inspired teacher education and mentoring.

In 2015, Maree relocated from Australia to Oakland, California, to oversee the renowned Masters in Music Education (Kodály) program at Holy Names University as the Director of the Kodály Center for Music Education. Maree continues to return home to present at workshops, courses and conferences assisting us to be better educators and people.


Kathé Lythe

Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus
Songs of
the Native American Tradition

April 24, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Salt Lake City*

Kathé is a Kodály Music Specialist with a Masters of Music degree from Holy Names University,  Oakland, CA.  She holds a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and  College Teaching Credential.  She is a published composer and musical arranger, as well as a harpist. Kathé has over forty years of experience teaching from preschool through university levels.

Founded in 1978 by Kathe Lyth, the Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus was formed with the mission of preparing children of all ages for participation in a concert-level performing group while developing individual musicianship and enthusiasm for musical achievement. Through unaccompanied part-singing, children increase their aesthetic senses, develop their intellectual and physical abilities, and most importantly, experience the joy of sharing beautiful music with each other, our local community, and the world.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person meetings are liable to change to an online Zoom session, which will occur from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) on the same day as previously scheduled. All sessions, whether in-person or online, will be recorded and made available to registered attendees for one week after the event.

Previous Sessions This Season

Dr. Susan Brumfield

Texas Tech University
First We Sing!
Repertoire and Pedagogy

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This Session is sponsored in part by the Provo Arts Council and is free to participants living or working in Provo City, Utah!

Dr. Susan Brumfield is the founder and Artistic Director of The West Texas Children’s Chorus. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Brumfield is known for her work as a teacher, author, composer and conductor. In frequent demand as a commissioned composer, clinician and guest conductor, she recently conducted the 2018 ACDA Eastern Division Children’s Honor Choir, and joins the artistic staff of the Pacific International Choral Festival this summer as conductor of the 2019 Treble Choral Festival Choir.

An internationally recognized expert in the Kodály approach, Dr. Brumfield is the author of First, We Sing! Kodály-Inspired Teaching in the Music Classroom, a series of textbooks and song anthologies published by Hal Leonard Music. Dr. Brumfield’s other publications include Hot Peas and Barley-O: Children’s Songs and Games from Scotland, Over the Garden Wall: Children’s Songs and Games from England, and Kentucky Mother Goose, co-authored with American folk legend Jean Ritchie She is currently working on Giro Giro Tondo: Children’s Songs and Games from Italy. Dr. Brumfield is a contributing author for Music Express Magazine and McGraw Hill’s Music Studio.

Dr. Brumfield was honored in both 2012 and 2014 with the Texas Tech University College of Visual and Performing Arts Award for Outstanding Research, and as a two-time finalist for the President’s Book Award. She is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Award for Research at Texas Tech University.