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Dr. Jill Trinka is Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where she teaches methods, musicianship, and American folk music. She holds Kodály Certification as a Ford Foundation Ringer Fellow from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.
Dr Trinka has taught in Kodály teacher education programs throughout the United States, and served as director of the Kodály Institute of Texas and the Kodály Certificate Program at Portland State University in Portland, OR. She is a Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and received their Outstanding Educator Award in 2003. Dr. Trinka plays guitar, dulcimer, autoharp, and banjo and has recorded and written four volumes of folksongs for kids of all ages. She is an author and recording artist for the Silver Burdett amd Ginn/Scott Foresman music series textbooks and is a frequent lecturer, clinician, and performer at national, regional, and local conferences and workshops where she presents workshops on such topics ranging from music literacy pedagogy to folk music performance practice.