Joy Anderson is the Assistant Director of the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir and teaches K-12 General Music and Elementary Choir at Eastern Mennonite School, both in Harrisonburg, VA. She holds a Master of Music in Music Education degree and Level I Orff certification from James Madison University. Ms. Anderson earned Kodály certification from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with her level III instruction completed at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. She presents at state and national conferences and her writings are published in music educator journals and websites. Ms. Anderson is past President of Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators, works the on the staff of the James Madison University Children's Choral Camps, and is co-coordinator of JMU's Kodály teacher education courses.
Dr. David L. Gadberry is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at Susquehanna University where he teaches music education courses and supervises student teachers. He was a music specialist for Plano Independent School District in Plano, TX, where he taught grades K-5. Dr. Gadberry earned certification in both Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk. His research interests include pedagogical use of folk music, inclusion of students with special needs in music classrooms, and behavior management in music education. He is serving a second term as secretary of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Dr. Gadberry presents workshops at music therapy, music education, and special education conferences at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
Dr. Alice Hammel is a leader in the field of students with special needs and music, and currently teaches for James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. She also has a large independent flute studio in Richmond, VA. Dr. Hammel has presented research widely and is in great demand as a clinician and guest teacher. She has published two 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
is Assistant Professor of Music at Midwestern State University where she teaches music education courses, instructs a brass studio, and has directed the Oratorio Chorus. Prior to teaching at MSU she taught instrumental and choral music for twenty years in public schools. Dr. Harvey has presented sessions at state and national music education conferences, educator in-services, and university methods classes. Topics for presentations have focused on the use of Kodály methods in the instrumental classroom, intonation in band, and teaching practice strategies in the ensemble rehearsal. Dr. Harvey is Conductor of the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra and is an active clinician, guest conductor, judge, and freelance trumpet performer.
Berta Hickox has been teaching with the Kodály philosophy for more than 20 years, including as a musicianship teacher for the acclaimed Children's Chorus of Maryland. Berta has taught workshops on creative movement, singing games, folk dancing, differentiation, and improvisation in the elementary classroom at the local, state and national level. She has taught in the summer Kodály courses at James Madison University, the University of New Mexico, and currently at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. She received a Master's in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University. Berta currently teaches K-5 music in the Halifax Area School District in Halifax, PA.