Garner, Leigh Ann

(651) 334-8710
OAKE Affiliated Chapter

Educational Background

EdD Leadership, Policy, Administration/Music Education, University of St. Thomas, 2011
MAME Kodály Emphasis, University of St. Thomas, 2002
BA K-12 Vocal Music Education, St. Olaf College, 1997

Kodály Studies

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 2000

Teaching Experience

Fall 2020: Assistant Professor, Music Education, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
1998-2020: Music Specialist, Hastings Public School, Hastings, MN
2005-Present: Director, The Kodály Institute at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Presentation Experiences

I have taught workshops and conference sessions at the Local, Chapter, Division & National Level since 2001.

Areas of Expertise

Kodály Pedagogy Grades PreK-5
Early Childhood Pedagogy
Assessment & Curriculum Dev

Session Topics

Pedagogy 1-6 hours
Assessment 1-6 hours
Curriculum Development 1-6 hours
Early Childhood 1-6 hours

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

All sessions and workshops are presented with Intercultural Knowledge and Competence at the forefront for the manner in which all whom participate interact and collaborate with each other as well as the presentation and subsequent performance of musical repertoire and materials.

Organizational Leadership

OAKE Teacher Education Committee, 2015-Present
OAKE Standards and Repertoire Committee, 2015-Present
OAKE National Board, 2004-2012
President, Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, 2000-2005


Garner, L.A. (2015) Cultivating Creative Musicians. Self-published. Minneapolis, MN.
EdD Research, University of St. Thomas, 2011, Advisor Dr. Carroll L. Gonzo. Pedagogy in Practice: Lived Experiences of Kodály-Inspired Music Educators.
MAME Research, University of St. Thomas, 2002, Advisor Dr. Carroll L. Gonzo. The Effects of Mothers' Cues on Preschool Children's Motor and Musical Development in a Teaching Environment.

Additional Information

I work and consult in various settings: workshops, conference sessions, school district PD