Indiana University



2014 Kodály Institute Faculty

Brent Gault Brent Gault, Director
Jacobs School of Music Faculty
Nyssa Brown Nyssa Maria Brown
Diana Gillespie Diana Gillespie Georgia A. Newlin Georgia A. Newlin
Brent Gault, Director

Brent Gault has taught elementary and early childhood music courses in Texas, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He specializes in elementary general music education, early childhood music education, and Kodaly methodology. Professor Gault also has training in both the Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education.

He has presented workshops at national conferences of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the Dalcroze Society of America, and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. In addition, he has served as a presenter for regional, state, and local music education organization including the Eastern Division of MENC, the Indiana Music Educators Association, the Indiana General Music Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the Kodaly Educators of Eastern Pensylvania. Articles by Gault have been published in various music education periodicals, including the Bulletin of the Coucil for Research in Music Education, the Kodaly Envoy and the American Dalcroze Journal.

In addition to teaching in the Music Education Department, Dr. Gault serves as the director of the Indiana University Children's Choir.

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Nyssa Maria Brown

Nyssa Brown is a choral and general music educator at South View Middle School in Edina, Minnesota.  From 2007-2012, she served as Music Education Coordinator for Minnesota’s Perpich Center for Arts Education, coaching teachers in over 100 school districts across the state of Minnesota in developing standards-aligned curriculum and assessments.  Ms. Brown taught elementary school vocal and general music at Park Spanish Immersion School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota from 1998-2007.  Passionate about teaching in a global context, Nyssa taught at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and in both Namibia and South Africa, through a fellowship offered by the Eastman School of Music's Umculo: The Kimberley Project.  Ms. Brown was one of ten finalists for 2004 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and received a prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2004 from the Milken Family Foundation.

In 2006, Nyssa was chosen by Education Minnesota, a state affiliate of NEA and AFT, to represent Minnesota at the national level in NEA’s Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.  Nyssa is a faculty member of the Kodály Levels Course at Indiana University and the University of St. Thomas.  She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and Augsburg College.  Nyssa also studied in Hungary at the Kodály Institute's summer seminar.

She released her first CD in October, 2000, "Packwood or Paradise" and is currently recording a CD of lullabies.  Ms. Brown graduated from the Hartt School of Music and Hartford College for Women in 1998 with a BMus in Education and a BArts in Women's Studies.  She completed her Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas, 2008.  Her Kodály certification was earned at Brigham Young University in 2001, and she has completed Levels 1 and 2 of her Orff training at University of St. Thomas.

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Diana Gillespie

Diana Gillespie has taught choral/general music for 27 years - the previous 18 of those as music specialist at Orchard Park Elementary in Carmel, IN. Recently, she decided to make a change, and is now in her seventh year as choral director at Carmel High School. She received a Bachelor of Music Education, with piano emphasis, from Indiana University, and has completed all coursework for a Masters in Music Education, piano cognate, from IU as well. She has worked with the IU Children's Choir, the Indianapolis Children's Choir (ICC), and various child/youth performers in regional theater in and around Indianapolis.

Diana continues to enjoy working with elementary-aged children by serving as clinician for state-wide choral festivals and workshops. She currently serves as President of Indiana Kodály Educators (IKE), and is a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Diana has presented workshops on pedagogy, pitch-matching, and singing games at the state and national level.

Diana first received her Kodály Levels training under Dr. Jean Sinor at Indiana University and most recently received additional Levels training (I-III) at the Indiana University Summer Kodály Institute. Diana is thrilled to be an instructor at the IU SKI, teaching Solfege I and Pedagogy II.

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Georgia A. Newlin

Georgia A. Newlin, DMA is Professor of Music Education at Adelphi University on Long Island, NY. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for fifteen years, and at the collegiate level for twelve.

Currently, Dr. Newlin is called upon as a conductor for elementary, middle and high school choral festivals. She is a master teacher of the Summer Kodály Institute at Indiana University, University of Hawai'i Kodály Levels, and Kodály Teacher Training at James Madison University as well as the JMU VocalArts Camp.

Georgia is Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of The VoiceCare Network. She has been a presenter for numerous music associations and conferences at local, state, national and international levels. She has had articles and choral octavo reviews published in journals such as the Choral Journal, Orff Echo, Kodály Envoy, and Southwestern Musician. Her arrangement of Es ist ein Ros 'entsprungen was just published by Colla Voce as part of the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series.  In addition, she has joined the team of the crooked river choral project (Music is Elementary) creating lesson plans for teaching music literacy through choral singing.

Georgia holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, a Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names College, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University.

Dr. Newlin considers herself most fortunate, in that, she has been able to spend her life making music with others and has actually been paid for it.

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