Dr. Jill Trinka lives in Pawleys Island, SC. She retired from full-time university teaching in 2019 at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where she taught undergraduate and graduate ear training and sight-singing, elementary music methods, American Music, and classroom instrument courses. Previous academic posts include The University of North Texas, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Central Arkansas.
An internationally acknowledged Master Teacher in the Kodály philosophy of music education, she has directed and taught in Kodály Teacher Training Institutes throughout the United States. She currently directs the West Chester University (PA) Kodály Certificate Program. A past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and 2003 recipient of their Outstanding Educator Award, Dr. Trinka is well known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo. Jill’s publications – My Little Rooster, Bought Me a Cat, John, the Rabbit, and The Little Black Bull; Jill Trinka: The Bass Hall Children’s Concerts DVD (Ft. Worth, TX); and recordings Had a Little Rooster, There’s a Hole in the Bucket, and Old Joe Clark, with John Feierabend, are published by GIA Music.
Dr. Trinka currently teaches workshops for elementary music educators throughout the United States and Canada, serves as an Artist-in-Residence for elementary schools, performs folk music concerts for children and adults, and sings with the Carolina Master Chorale.
MCA Sessions with Jill Trinka:
I. REPERTOIRE AND ACTIVITIES FOR NURTURING MUSICAL AWARENESS AND LITERACY SKILLS IN PRE-LITERATE STUDENTS (GREADES K-1)
Good repertoire is the foundation for teaching musical concepts and skills to Pre- Literate learners. This session provides participants with hands-on learning of songs and rhymes to support literacy-based curricular areas. Included are specific activities for developing matching pitch, in-tune singing, steady beat, and the comparatives (louder-softer; faster-slower; higher-lower) students in Grades K-1.
II. REPERTOIRE AND ACTIVITIES FOR NURTURING MUSICAL AWARENESS AND LITERACY SKILLS IN GRADES 2-3
Teaching melodic and rhythmic concepts and skills is best accomplished through repertoire involving movement. In this session participants will learn singing games and explore activities to support such learning in a literacy-based music curriculum. Included are specific activities for developing rhythmic and melodic proficiencies in Grades 2-3.
III. REPERTOIRE AND ACTIVITIES FOR NURTURING MUSICAL AWARENESS AND LITERACY SKILLS IN GRADES 4-5
Teaching rhythmic and melodic concepts and skills in Grades 4-5 is best accomplished through good repertoire. Often, however, when the students have not been educated in a sequential music-literacy based curriculum, the teacher must teach basic rhythmic and melodic skills using repertoire appropriate for older students. In this session participants will learn repertoire and activities to support teaching and learning of both basic music skills and more advanced skills for those students who are working with upper elementary grade rhythmic and melodic concepts and skills.
IV. LET'S DANCE! PLAY PARTY GAMES AND DANCES FOR EVERYONE!
Kick up your heels and learn some favorite play parties and easy longways and circle dances for use in Grades 1-5.