Amy Branum Huggins

HugginsDirector, The American Kodály Institute
School of Education; Fine Arts/Music
Fine Arts Department, W025b
DiChiaro College Center
Loyola University Maryland
4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21210


M.M.Ed. with Kodály Emphasis
Holy Names College
Oakland, California

B.M. Ed.
Peabody Conservatory of Music
Baltimore, Maryland


Amy Branum Huggins, founder and director of The American Kodály Institute, is a nationally recognized authority in the field of Kodály Music Education, a pioneer in developing practical applications of current findings in Music Learning Theory, and an innovator in the development of curricula and materials for Music Pedagogy.  In demand throughout the United States as a workshop clinician and presenter at professional conferences, her teaching credits include 35 years of real-world experience teaching vocal and choral music in the public schools, 39 years teaching voice and piano in her private studio, and extensive experience teaching Music Theory, Musicianship, and Music Pedagogy in prep school, conservatory, and university settings.  Her work as an educational leader, curriculum designer, consultant, author, composer, choral director, teacher trainer, and teacher has touched the lives of thousands of music teachers and students.

Research Interests

Music Learning Theory
Collection, Selection, and Analysis of Folk Songs for Music Pedagogy
Effective Sequences for Teaching Rhythmic, Melodic, and Harmonic Skills in the Development of Music Literacy

Recent Publications

Elements: A Sight Singing and Rhythm Reading Book for Beginners
The Music Studio, 1982; Revised and Expanded, 2011Baltimore, Maryland

The Five-String Banjo Guide
The Music Studio, 2003; Revised and Expanded, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland

The Folk Guitar Guide
The Music Studio, 2002; Revised and Expanded, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland

Kodály American Style
The Music Studio, 2001; Revised and Expanded, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland

Professional Activities

Eastern Division President, OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators)
President, MUSIK (Maryland United Specialists in Kodály)
Columnist, The Kodály Envoy
Editor, Eastern Expressions
Editor, MUSIK Notes

Society Memberships

Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE)
Maryland United Specialists in Kodály (MUSIK)
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA)
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)