Board of Directors

The following is the current Board of Directors of KSC. To email someone directly, please click on their name.

2019 Board Meeting in Winnipeg

2019 Board Meeting in Winnipeg

2017 Board at the IKS Sympoisum in Camrose

2017 Board at the IKS Sympoisum in Camrose

2018 Board Meeting in Halifax

2018 Board Meeting in Halifax

2016 Board Meeting in Calgary

2016 Board Meeting in Calgary

Dr. Kim Eyre – President 

Kim is enjoying her status as a semi-retired musician-educator. She has been privileged to serve as a music educator in elementary schools in London, ON, at the Faculty of Education, Western University and at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University. She currently teaches music education to pre-service candidates at the Faculty of Education, Western University and in the Kodály summer program at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University. Her degrees include: Doctor of Philosophy (University of Toronto), Diploma (Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music, Kesckemét, Hungary), Master of Music (Holy Names University, Oakland, California), and Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music (University of Western Ontario). Kim is the President of the Kodály Society of Canada and the Kodály Society of Ontario and was Co-Chair for the 2018 Ontario Music Educators’ Association conference, Counterpoint 2018. She is a frequent presenter at local, provincial, national and international music conferences and was a member of the Core Committee for the 2017 International Kodály Symposium and Music Festival. She has also instructed at summer courses at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta. Kim’s primary research interests include identity formation and reformation of pre-service and in-service elementary specialist and generalist music teachers and a reimagining of Kodály music education in Canada. She continues to be a passionate advocate of music education.

Connie Foss More – Past President   

Connie Foss More (BMus, MMus [Kodaly], Cert. Budapest Liszt Academy) lived in the eastern US, Hungary and Nanaimo BC before becoming Founding Artistic Director of Victoria’s celebrated VIVA Choirs: singers aged 6-18 who love worldwide folk and art repertoire. She was a Kodaly-inspired teacher from 1969 until her 2009 retirement, with students of all ages in childcare centres, public schools, universities, and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Connie was also one of five members worldwide on the Early Childhood Commission of the International Society for Music Education. Connie is a Canadian Kodaly pioneer who was an early KSC journal editor as well as a leader in local, national & international Kodaly organizations. In 2018 Connie was named an Honourary Member of the KSC. She wishes to bring the power of meaningful music into everyone’s lives.

Dr. Jody Stark – Vice President

Dr. Jody Stark is an Assistant Professor in Music Education at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. Jody is an experienced teacher educator who, until recently, taught the pedagogy and materials component of a certified Kodály levels program which she helped to start at the University of Alberta.  Prior to becoming a teacher educator, Dr. Stark taught music for many years in elementary schools in both English and French. Jody has studied music education at the University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, the Kodály Intézet, and with Lois Choksy at the University of Calgary. Her current research centres on the professional learning experiences of elementary music teachers, traditional music materials of Canada, and how people learn to audiate and sight-sing. Jody is proud to be the coordinator of the University of Manitoba Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály certificate programs, and is excited to be teaching in U of M’s new Kodály levels program.


Louise Grinstead – Treasurer 

Louise Grinstead graduated from the University of Toronto with a Mus.Bach. (1973) and M.M. (1974) in Piano Performance. She was a student of Anton Kuerti and Katerina Wolpe. She completed the Professional Development Program (Education) from Simon Fraser University in 1982. She completed the Diploma in Fine Arts with Kodaly specialization from the University of Calgary in 1986. After seven years as a private piano teacher in Vernon, B.C., she began teaching classroom music (P-7) in Bonavista, Newfoundland and continued in Halifax, Nova Scotia (P-9) until she retired in 2009. She has conducted and accompanied a number of school and community choirs in Halifax. She presently conducts the Chebucto Community Singers and accompanies the Jubilate Singers. She enjoys playing chamber music and performs regularly with the Wyndrock Quintet. She has served on the KSNS executive for many years and is currently President.


Jake Autio – Editor, Alla Breve

Jake Autio is a musician educator in British Columbia who believes that the way we learn music is the way we learn to be better people. He has taught Kindergarten through grade seven in public school in British Columbia and is the founder and director of the BC Kodály Choir. Jake has studied Kodály-inspired methods and philosophy in Western Canada, Hungary, and the USA and connects his professional practice with Kodály’s love and vision for children singing artistically and the emphasis on interconnectedness through music making. Jake has happily served the Canadian Kodály movement in the capacity of clinician, president of the BC Kodály Society, core committee member for the International Kodály Symposium 2017, and editor of the national Kodály society journal, Alla Breve. 

Dr. Cathy Benedict – KSC Clinician Directory Editor

Cathy is Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Research for the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario. She received one of her Master’s degrees (Kodály emphasis) from Holy Names University, the other, and her doctorate, in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently co-directs and teaches at Western University’s Kodály Certification Program. She has presented multiple workshops to national/international audiences on topics as varied as pedagogy and pride, ‘transitions, not classroom management’, the interrogation of classroom rules as policy, and music in the elementary classroom. She has written numerous chapters and published in journals such as Canadian Music Educator, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Music Education Research, and Research Studies in Music Education, and most recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice and Music Education (Oxford University Press). Previous to her college teaching she taught elementary music for 15 years, studied choral conducting and conducted various children’s choirs, including the 2015 Miami Dade All County Elementary Chorus and the Training Choir during 2015 The Singing Network: Symposium on Singing and Song.

Jamie Popowich – Registrar

Jamie studied voice at the University of Calgary and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Elementary Education. She has also completed her Kodály training and received a Diploma of Fine Arts, specializing in the Kodály Concept of Education. She has been working as a music educator for over 15 years, in various schools, including Calgary Montessori School and River Valley School. She currently works as the Music and French Specialist at River Valley School's Early Learning Campus. She has worked as a choral conductor with the Mount Royal Children's Choir and the Calgary Girls Choir. She is currently serving as the President of the Alberta Kodály Association and has been on the board for over 10 years in various capacities. She is currently attending the University of Calgary in the Werklund School of Education.  Jamie is the founder & administrator of our KSC Facebook group, and she has been the Registrar since 2017.

DR. ArDelle Ries  – IKS Liason

An Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alberta Augustana Faculty, Ardelle Ries a holds a passion for singing and song-based music education throughout all ages and stages of life. A strong musical and pedagogical foundation established at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music provided Ardelle with the opportunity to be on faculty as an aural musicianship specialist in Hungary at the Kecskemét Kodály Conservatory, the International Kodály Seminar, and in Canada at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Calgary, and the UofA Faculty of Education. A staunch advocate for Canadian choral music, Ardelle has commissioned and premiered choral works from established and emerging Canadian composers and is the editor of the second edition of Reflections of Canada. Ardelle is an advisor to the Alberta Kodály Association and was the chair of the organizational committee for the 23rd International Kodály Symposium—Singing the Circle. With over three decades of dedicated service to music education in Alberta, Ardelle is grateful to have been recognized as the 2013 recipient of Choir Alberta’s Richard S. Eaton Award, the 2017 AKA Teacher Recognition Award, and the 2017 University of Alberta Augustana Faculty Murray Lauber Distinguished Service Award. 

 Helen Van Spronsen – Alla Breve Advertising 

While growing up in Canada and New Zealand, Helen Van Spronsen played and sang in chamber ensembles, choirs, concert bands, orchestras and brass bands, led the 1989 New Zealand Youth Concert Band as First Clarinet and toured internationally with the 1993 New Zealand National Youth Choir. Her search for ‘a better way’ of music education resulted in a degree in music, (clarinet, ethnomusicology and conducting), a Diploma in Teaching (secondary music), and studies with the British Kodály Academy & Kodály Centre of London, culminating in a 1997 Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. Helen has taught woodwinds, high school & elementary music, directed choirs and led workshops in New Zealand, the UK and Canada, and she is an active member of the BC Kodály Society.  In 2014 and 2015 she taught Level 1 Pedagogy and Music Literature at the University of Victoria’s Summer Kodály Institute.  She teaches in Campbell River BC, and she enjoys playing cello in the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra.

 Dr. Hélène Boucher

After finishing her studies in performance, Hélène Boucher completed a doctorate in music education at McGill University in 2008. In addition to her academic training, she has taught music in early childhood and elementary school for over 15 years, using the Kodaly method adapted to Francophones. She is certified to teach the Kodály method by the Organization of American Kodály Educators - OAKE. She is currently a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University, where she previously was course lecturer and this since 2005. She was also Visiting Professor at Université Laval between 2013 and 2018. She received an Award of Excellence for her elementary music education in 2010, as well as the Outstanding Teacher Award from McGill University's Faculty of Education. She was also nominated for her teaching at the Faculty of Education at McGill University as a Teacher of the Year in 2017. She has been invited to present the results of her research at various conferences in Canada, in the United States and in Europe. She is also frequently invited to offer lectures and trainings in early childhood and elementary music education.

Rachel Jean

 Rachel (Baccalauréat Education Musicale, Maîtrise Education Musicale, with emphasis on conducting and Early Music- Université Laval) is a semi-retired music teacher, having taught 23 years in Francophone and French immersion schools in Alberta. She has conducted many school choirs and ensembles. She started the Schola Cantorum boys’ choir and girls’ choir for Alberta College Conservatory in Edmonton. As a side project with adult musicians, she conducted the Schütz Christmas Oratorio (excerpts) and a vocal ensemble. She has given workshops in both musical pedagogy and recorder for AKA, NCTCA, ACELF, Francophone and Immersion school boards. She is currently teaching music pedagogy at Campus St. Jean (U of Alberta). With her colleague Joanne Lamoureux, she has developed and delivered a 6-day training course for grades 1-2-3 French music teachers. With Joanne she has also developed a teaching guide in French, with melodic, rhythmic and harmonic sequences based on French songs. She studied recorder with Marion Verbrüggen in Holland. She has taken courses at Campus St. Jean from Sr. Thérèse Potvin (who studied in Kecskemét and was a passionate advocate for Kodály philosophy), has attended many Kodály workshops in Alberta, as well as being a participant in the Kodály Symposium in Kecskemét in 2013 and a presenter at the Kodály Symposium in Camrose, AB in 2017. She has a passion for transmitting good music to children and at the same time, for transmitting her French culture.


Jake Autio – Editor, Alla Breve

Jamie Popowich – Registrar, Website


Jan Taylor-Bilenki – Summer Course Liaison

Jan has taught as a K-6 Music Specialist in Alberta throughout her teaching career, including eighteen years in St. Albert, and in Calgary since 1998.  Jan is currently teaching music at River Valley School.  While teaching at River Valley School, she also taught in the Early Childhood Kodály Musicianship Program at Mount Royal University Music Conservatory.  Jan has served as a professional development clinician for many organizations including teachers’ conventions, the Early Childhood Education Council, Singspiration at Concordia University, the University of Calgary Kodály Summer Program, the Kodály Society of Canada and the Alberta Kodály Association.  During the summer session 2001, Jan was on the faculty at the University of Calgary as instructor for the Graduate Kodály Diploma Program (second year pedagogy).  Jan earned her Bachelor of Education (Music Major) from the U of A in 1980, and in 1983, she received a Diploma of Fine Arts (Emphasis on Kodály Music Pedagogy) from the University of Calgary.



Jake Autio – KSBC Acting President

Jamie Popowich – AKA President

Kim Eyre – KSO President

Louise Grinstead – KSNS President


  • Dr. Carol Harris – University of Victoria

  • Dr. Jerry Kerlin – Manhattanville College, Dept. of Music, New York

  • Dr. Kari Veblen – University of Western Ontario

  • Dr. Moira Szabo (Prof. Emeritus) – University of Victoria

  • Dr. Sheila Scott – Brandon University


Honourary Members

The Kodály Society of Canada is pleased to pay tribute to those who have worked tirelessly to further the work of the KSC.

Ilona Bartalus
Gyula Budai
Malcolm Bradley
Lois Choksy
Helen Creighton (D)
Mae Daly (D)
Malcolm Edwards
Beatrix Finta
Gabor Finta
Katalin Forrai (D)
Edith Fowke (D)
Marta Csikos Green (D)
Lyell Gustin (D)
Alastair Highet
Richard Johnston (D)
Edit Lantos (D)
Edna Knock
Gabrielle Létourneau (D)
Connie Foss More
Pierre Perron (D)
Kaye Pottie
Sister Therese Potvin (D)
Miklós Takács (D)
Lászlo Vikár (D)
Riet Vink
John Whitehead (D)

(D) denotes deceased


History of KSC

The federal charter for the Kodály Institute of Canada (KIC) was granted in 1973.

The announcement that the organization was formed was made at the First International Kodály symposium held in August 1973 in Oakland, California. In order to parallel the International Kodály Society, the name of the Canadian Kodály organization was changed to the Kodály Society of Canada in 1986.

At present there are four branches within the organization: British Columbia (BCKSC), Alberta (AKA), Ontario (KSO), and Nova Scotia (KSNS). Individual members in other provinces and territories are invited to join the branch of their choice.

Since its inauguration, the Kodály Society of Canada has had 11 Presidents:

Gordon Kushner 1973-78
Ken Bray 1978-80
Pierre Perron 1980-84
Lois Choksy 1984-88
France David 1988-91
Ki Adams 1991-95
Amanda Montgomery 1995-99
A. Kim Eyre 1999-2004
Velvet Sulymka 2004-2008
Connie Foss More 2008-2012
Carolyn Neumann VanderBurgh 2012-2014

Darlene Ngo 2014-2014

Carolyn Neumann VanderBurgh 2014-2016

Kim Eyre 2016 – present


Who Was Kodály?

Zoltan Kodály was a Hungarian musician-educator who developed a concept of music education for use with children in Hungary.

This came to be because he was very concerned with what he saw as the eroding of culture in the Hungarian young people of his day. With the political upheaval in his country, Kodály believed that the only way to preserve Hungarian culture and identity was to teach the young people the folk music and culture of their ancestors. He asserted that this education should be done in schools, based on the following philosophy:

  • true musical literacy (the ability to read, write and think music) is the right of every person

  • to be internalized, musical learning must begin with the child’s own natural instrument -the voice

  • an early start is essential, begin training at the earliest possible moment

  • the folk music of a child’s cultural heritage (the musical mother tongue) is the best material to teach the skills and concepts necessary to musical literacy

  • only music of the highest artistic quality is to be used in the education of children

  • music education is necessary for the development of the total person (music should be at the core of the curriculum (affective, cognitive, psychomotor)

  • musical education of children rests in the hands of their instructors, therefore, they must be the best possible musician-educators

He looked at tools being used in music education in other parts of the world and chose the best for use in Hungary, including: movable do system, hands signs, rhythm syllable system, movement and a sequence for learning. He combined the use of the tools and his concepts into an approach to music education for Hungarian schools. He then found very talented teachers who developed and implemented a curriculum. It worked with unqualified success in Hungary, and now is successfully adapted for use in countries the world over.

Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this...only the best is good enough for a child.
— Zoltan Kodály

Notable History

RECENT EVENTS FOR THE Kodály Society of Canada


Professional Development

Planning to visit Hungary? Consider this:

  • Katalin Forrai Museum

    Established 2016, Táplánszentkereszt (near Szombathely in western Hungary)

    This museum honours the memory of Hungary’s renowned early childhood music educator, entrusted by Zoltan Kodaly to develop nursery school and kindergarten music curricula for children and their teachers. Among her many accomplishments, Katalin Forrai was the Chair of the first Early Childhood Commission of the International Society for Music Education, and she was later the ISME President. Kati was beloved by her adult teacher students in many countries, as well as at home in Hungary.

    The museum contains furniture and artifacts from Kati’s home, as well as puppets and instruments used in her teaching.

    The Curator is Edit Padosné.

    Open times are flexible, by arrangement. Contact There is no charge, but donations are welcome.


AGM Information

The Kodály Society of Canada Annual General Meeting

  • Was held on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Winnipeg Manitoba

  • The next AGM will be held in February, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta.

  • All KSC members are welcome to attend!



Canadian is awarded the International Katali Forrai Award.

Influential Hungarian pre-school expert Katalin Forrai inspired the International Kodály Society award to a noteworthy early childhood music educator.  This year’s recipient was Canadian Ewa Krzatala, shown with award presenter Gilbert DeGreeve (Belgium) and flanked by committee members Mary Place (U.K.) and Mary Stouffer (Canada).  

Learn more about this remarkable teacher.


Darlene Ngo Legacy for Music Education

You are reminded of the opportunity to support the work of KSC by donating to the Darlene Ngo Legacy for Music Education. If you would like to donate before the end of the year and receive a tax receipt for 2017, please be advised of the following donation deadlines: Thursday, December 28th – Deadline for cheque donations and Sunday, December 31st – Deadline for online donations


Darlene Ngo

Darlene Ngo (October 21, 1955 – May 20, 2014) was a respected teacher, leader and colleague. A kind and gentle spirit, she taught with positive encouragement, and looked forward to teaching every day. Darlene was president of the B.C. and then National Kodály Society of Canada, and taught other music teachers at both seminars, and at the University of Victoria. A memorial fund has been established in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation and the Kodály Society of Canada to continue her legacy by providing funds for scholarships, clinician support, educational materials and music-related equipment. Tax creditable donations are welcome via the following link.