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Garner, Leigh Ann

Summer Graduate Program - Kodály Director
EdD University of St. Thomas
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St. Paul, MN 55105

Dr. Leigh Ann Garner teaches elementary classroom and choral music at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Hastings, MN. In addition, she is the Director of the Kodály Institute at the University of St. Thomas, where she teaches pedagogy courses Levels I and II, Folksong Analysis and Materials, and Kodály Master Class. Garner also taught on the Kodály faculty at Wichita State University. 

A sought-after clinician, leader, and facilitator, Garner teaches interactive workshops throughout the United States specializing in early childhood music, Kodály-inspired pedagogy, curriculum development, standards-based assessments, and undergraduate music pedagogy. In 2016 she was honored as a Teacher of Excellence, and respectively in 2017 as an Employee of the Semester by the Hastings School District.

Over the past 20 years Garner has served in leadership roles at the state and national level for a number of music organizations. Currently, she serves on the Teacher Education Committee of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. In 2019 she and colleagues throughout the country co-authored Kodály-Inspired Benchmarks for Grades 3-5 that align with the National Core Arts Standards.

Garner is also the co-author of Music and Movement: a music curriculum for children ages one-five. Her most recent publication, Cultivating Creative Musicians is a resource designed for elementary music teachers. In addition, she is a contributing author for MacMillan McGraw/Hill music textbook series. Garner holds an EdD from the University of St. Thomas, an MA in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, and a BA in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College.

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 544 - 01 Kodály in Quarantine M T W R F - - 0900 - 1130

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M T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1130


Course Registration Number:

30050 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours


Casey M. Barker, Daniel M. LeJeune, Leigh Ann Garner, Nyssa M. Brown

In this course, participants will explore 21st century Kodály-inspired learning through a digital class format. Specifically, topics such as standards-based curriculum planning, aural skills training and technology resources for the music classroom will be covered.

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