Factora, Miriam

[email protected]
(510) 224-8971
OAKE Affiliated Chapter

Educational Background

BM Music Education University of Santo Tomas, Philippines 1977
Master of Music Education with Kodály Emphasis Holy Names University, CA 1984; Ph.D.
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2005

Kodály Studies

MME with Kodály Emphasis Holy Names University, CA 1984
IKS Scholar Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary 1987

Teaching Experience

ES and HS Music Teacher and Choir Director: Immaculate Conception Academy and St. Joseph's College, Quezon City, Philippines
K-8 Music and Choir Director; Hayward Unified School District, CA
K-12 Music and Choir Director; Osaka International School, Osaka, Japan
K-8 Music and Choir Director; Doshisha International School, Kyoto, Japan
K-5 Music and Choir Director: Bullis Charter School, Los Altos, CA
Kodály Level 2 Certification Course Faculty, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA

Presentation Experiences

Utah Fellowship of Local Kodály Specialists: Songs and Games of Asia Spring 2019
Kodály Society of the Philippines: Making Connections in Music Education July 2019
Northen California Association of Kodály Educators: Making Cultural Connections in Music Education Spring 2021
OAKE National Conference Spring 2021; Cultural Relevance in the Music Classroom
Keynote Speaker- IKS Symposium Columbus, Ohio 2007
Keynote Speaker- IKS Symposium Edinburgh, Scotland 2015

Areas of Expertise

Folk Song Research
Curriculum Development

Session Topics

Philippine Songs and Games for Teaching: 3 hours
Asian Songs and Games for Teaching : 3 - 6 hours
Making Cultural Connections in Music Education: 3-6 hours
The Music Educator as a Folk Song Researcher: 1-3 hours

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

My involvement with the IKS László Vikár International Folk Music Research Forum since 2006 has enabled me to work with a group of folk music researchers from different parts of the world to advance the work of folk music collection, transcription, analysis, and classification; find connections between folk- and composed music; and to promote school music curricula founded on folk- and composed music.

Organizational Leadership

Currently a co-chair of the IKS László Vikár International Folk Music Forum and is serving as one of the Board of Directors of the International Kodály Society


* Musical Folk Games of Manila, Philippines
* Philippine Children's Songs, Spoken Rhymes and Games for Teaching, Book One and Book Two
* Aweng ti Kailokuan (Musical Heritage of the Ilocanos) Book One and Book Two
IKS Bulletin Vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 3-12, 2008

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