When interest was sparked in the Kodaly Method due to the outstanding performance of Hungarian choirs in an International Choral Festival held in Manila, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), under the leadership of Dr. Lucrecia Kasilag and upon the suggestion of Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion, invited Hungarians Mr. Gyorgy Gulyas and later on, Dr. Arpad Darazs from the University of South Carolina to hold a series of Kodaly seminars in the Philippines from 1981 to 1985. These seminars were sponsored by the CCP, the then Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the National Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and the University of the Philippines. Among the organizers were Dr. Alejandra Atabug, Prof. Flora Rivera, Mrs. Alice Jalipa, Mrs. Rose Marie Banta and Mr. David Yap.
1985 - The Kodály Society of the Philippines (KSP) was formed, receiving the task of spreading the method in the Philippines. The society invited Ms. Miriam B. Factora, a Filipina Music Specialist who had just finished her Master’s Degree in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names College in Oakland, California, U.S.A. to train members of the society in the method to ensure that teacher-training will continue when she migrated to the U.S.A. Thus, the Kodály Society of the Philippines organized yearly national seminars since its inception.
August 1997 - the KSP hosted the XIIIth International Kodály Symposium, a biennial symposium held by the International Kodály Society in various member countries. It was the first time that an international music education symposium was held in the Philippines, and only the second time that an International Kodály Symposium was held in Asia.
April 2000 - Ms. Factora spearheaded a serious Kodály training program modeled after the program in the U. S. and in Australia. The program is a 2-week, 3-summer course leading to a Certificate in Music Teaching with Kodály Emphasis. A foreign lecturer was invited every year to teach the course with their Filipino counterparts to ensure that the program will hew closely to the US and Australian models.
2002 - The KSP had its first batch of graduates in the certificate Course.
Other than Dr. Miriam B. Factora, among those who have taught the summer course are: Prof. Edward Bolkovac of Australia and the U.S., Ms. Piroska Varga and Reka Csernyik of Australia, Ms. Judit Hartyanyi, Ms. Sarolta Platthy and
Dr. Laszlo Nemes from Hungary.
Among the Filipino faculty are Carolyn K. Cheng, who received her Kodály Certificate in Australia from University of Queensland, Australia and the first graduates of the Kodály Society of the Philippines Certificate course:
Daisy N. Marasigan, Cielito Margo E. Mirandilla,
Roselle Elinore H. Matias, Venitta Marie Victoria S. Magpantay, Veralyn D. Monte.
June 2009 - the Kodály Society of the Philippines partnered with the Philippine Women's University in offering the graduate degree Master of Arts in Music Education with Emphasis in the Kodály Approach. It is the first and only university that recognizes the units earned in the Summer Certificate Course and credits them to the graduate program.
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