Kodaly Faculty

REBECCA JUAREZ

REBECCA JUAREZ

Rebecca Lakes Juarez is an elementary music specialist at Huebner Elementary School in North East ISD in San Antonio. She is also the Past-President of the Kodály Educators of Texas and the Associate Director of the Prelude Choir for the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. Rebecca has been teaching music in Texas public schools for 17 years. She has presented workshops at TMEA, OAKE, KET, and for numerous school districts in the state of Texas. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. She has a Master of Music in Pedagogy from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed all of her Kodály levels at Texas State University and all of her Orff levels at Trinity University.

 

DR. ALICE HAMMEL

DR. ALICE HAMMEL

Dr. Hammel is a leader in the field of students with special needs and music, and currently teaches for James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth, and Midwestern State University. She also has a large independent flute studio in Richmond, Va. Dr. Hammel has widely presented research and is in great demand as a clinician and guest teacher. She has published four books through Oxford University Press and is a contributing author to several other resources available through Oxford, NAFME and Connect for Education. Dr. Hammel serves in many concurrent, state, and national professional leadership positions and is a multiple award recipient, honoring her commitment to music education and music teacher education. She received her Kodály Certification through James Madison University.

 

DR. SUSAN HARVEY

DR. SUSAN HARVEY

Dr. Harvey is Music Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music at MSU. She teaches music education courses, ear training, and has directed the Oratorio Chorus. Prior to teaching at MSU, she taught instrumental and choral music for 20 years in public schools. Dr. Harvey presents sessions at state, national, and international music education conferences and at educator in-services. Topics for presentations have focused on the use of Kodály methods in the instrumental classroom, intonation in instrumental ensembles (band and orchestra), and teaching practice strategies in the ensemble rehearsal. Dr. Harvey is conductor of the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she implements Kodály and music learning theory-based teaching strategies.

 

ALLISON LEWIS

ALLISON LEWIS

Allison Lewis, M.Ed, currently teaches general/vocal music for students in grades K-5 in the East Pennsylvania School District at Wescosville and Alburtis elementary schools. Ms. Lewis is a graduate of the American Kodály Institute at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, and recently received Level I Certification in Early Childhood Music
Learning Theory at Temple University. Ms. Lewis recently presented with her students at the OAKE Eastern Division Fall Tune-Up about maintaining a joyful music classroom, and also serves as the chapter president for the Kodály
Educators of Eastern Pennsylvania. She lives in Lansdale, Pa. with her husband Will and fur-baby, Millie.

 

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DR. JO-ANNE VAN DER VAT-CHROMY

Dr. van der Vat-Chromy is Director of Choral Activities at James Madison University, where she received the 2016 Woman of Distinction Award. She directs the Madison Singers, the JMU Chorale and the University Women’s Chorus. Her research interests include the kinesthetic connections in conducting pedagogy, the integration of Kodaly pedagogy into performing ensembles, and the sociological impact of choral cultures on student learning. Prior to JMU, Dr. van der Vat-Chromy was Vocal Music Director at the American School of The Hague, in The Netherlands and Interim Music Director for the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir. Currently she is director and guest conductor of the JMU Vocal Arts Summer Camp. Dr. van der Vat-Chromy earned Kodály certification through MSU.