University of Alberta EDEL 597

University of Alberta Faculty Education

Department of Elementary Education 

EDEL 597:  Kodály Level III

Pedagogy and Materials, Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensembl

On-line work required through UAlberta eClass site July 31 - Aug 4.

Class taught Aug 7 - 18. Students will be required to attend sessions on the Augustana Campus in Camrose Aug 7 - 13. Students will meet together on Aug 7 in room AU A 024 at 9am and then will attend the symposium from Aug 8 - 13. Further instruction will take place on the Edmonton Campus from Aug 14 – 18 from 9am – 4:30pm.

Registration for the Kodaly International Symposium is also required. 


Dr. James Cuskelly (Australia), Pedagogy & Materials

Dr. László Nemes (Hungary), Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensemble


August 7-August 13, 2017

University of Alberta Augustana Campus

Camrose, Alberta Canada


August 14-August 18, 2017

University of Alberta Faculty of Education

Edmonton, Alberta Canada

This course provides an enriched experience for pre- and in-service teachers with renowned international faculty to explore Kodály-based pedagogical principles that can be applied to upper elementary, junior high and high school settings. Pedagogical principles and practices for musical growth will be explored with a special emphasis on current, contemporary practices. With singing as the focus the course will consist of hands on experiences with learner-centered materials, resources and teaching strategies appropriate for these settings. During this two-week professional development experience, course participants will attend relevant workshop and lecture sessions and will also hone conducting and musicianship skills.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Kodaly Level II

For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Robinson at

Registration for the Kodaly International Symposium is also required. See  AND for more information.

Dr. James Cuskelly

Dr. James Cuskelly is Head of Faculty: Creative Arts and Design Studies at St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s School, Brisbane, President of the International Kodály Society, Director of the Summer School Music Program, and Director of the Cuskelly College of Music.

He completed undergraduate studies and a Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland. The Kodály Certificate from Holy Names College (California) was awarded in 1991 and the Master of Music studies (The University of Queensland) in 1997. He gained the Doctor of Philosophy (The University of Queensland) in Music Education in 2007. He was Head of Music Education and the Aural Musicianship Program at the University of Queensland from 2000 – 2010, and during that time received two awards for Excellence in Teaching. James has a very broad base in education, having taught in Kindergarten, pre-school, primary and secondary classrooms as well as in tertiary institutions. His passion for music, and his ability to enthuse and bring about effective learning in students across all ages or abilities, is internationally recognized. He is frequently asked as guest presenter and in 2015 taught in teacher training programs in Hungary (at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute), Edinburgh (National Youth Choir of Scotland), England (the British Kodály Academy) and Singapore. In addition he was invited keynote speaker at the MENZA Conference in Auckland (NZ). James is committed to teacher training, and is considered a global leader in music education and he directs internationally recognized programs. James runs a variety of accredited teacher training programs including the Summer School Music Program (Brisbane) and Australia Kodály Certificate programs in Malaysia, Perth and New Zealand and Indonesia.

A talented musician in his own right, James is also a highly regarded choral conductor and clinician. He is founding Director of the Queensland Kodály Choir and conductor of the auditioned girls’ choir, Ensemble Volar. He is frequently asked to run choral workshops and lead choral festivals and workshops, and each year James convenes The Big Sing, a community choral festival held in Brisbane.


Dr. László Norbert Nemes

László Norbert Nemes, professor of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and director of the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy. He holds a doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Alberta and a habilitation certification from the Liszt Academy of Music. Since September 2014 he has been artistic director of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir of the Liszt Academy. For twelve years he worked as the associate conductor of the Hungarian Radio Children's Choir. In recognition of his artistic activities he received the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 2005. As a music pedagogue and conductor Dr. Nemes has held workshops, master classes and seminars in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Finland, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Korean Republic, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of China/Taiwan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Since 2012 he has been guest professor and academic consultant at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.