Music Education Symposium, June 2015
Jo Kirk, nationally known educator and expert in Kodály based early childhood music education and methodology, holds a Masters in Music Education from the University of Akron and a Kodály Music Education Certificate from Silver Lake College. She has completed early-childhood studies at the Hartt School of Music and the Westminster Choir College.
Her teaching experience spans from “little ones” to Kodály graduate level adults at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Colorado State University, Wichita State University, Morehead State University, and California State University Long Beach. As an adjunct faculty member of Muskingum College, Mrs. Kirk instructed the elementary music education courses, directed the Muskingum College Children’s Choir, and developed and instructed the Kodály-based early childhood music and movement enrichment program.
Music Education Symposium, June 2017
Joy Nelson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, where she continues to teach levels courses in the Kodály approach. A Presidential Professor and winner of the Regent's Award for Superior Teaching and the University of Oklahoma Students Outstanding Faculty award, Joy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the world, including China, Singapore, Latin America, Europe, MENC, AOSA, and OAKE. Over the years, she has served as President of the Oklahoma Kodály Educators (OKE), Chair of the 1992 OAKE Conference, President of Southern Division, and most recently as President of the National Organization of American Kodály Educators and Director of the Board of the International Kodály Society (IKS).
Joy earned her Kodály certification at Holy Names College and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University. She taught general music and band in Washington State and California and has authored several books and articles for music educators, including The Music Effect, an engaging multi-sensory resource designed to lead children toward music literacy and lifelong participation in music.