Education & Experience

Cynthia Richards | Kodály Strings

Here you'll find a rundown of my previous education, teaching experience, research experience, and more!

Cynthia Richards | Kodaly Strings


Violin Teachers: Sylvan Ward, John Hilgendorf, Lawrence Sardoni, David Dalton, Percy Kalt, Elaine Richey, Franz Samohyl

August 1970 Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance, Magna cum laude

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

June, 2000 Kodály Certification Levels I, II, & III

Intermuse Academy of Musicianship and Pedagogy,

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Teaching Experience

1965-present Private Studio, teaching all levels of private students from beginning to college performance level.

1996-2005 Private violin instruction to college violin majors

String Pedagogy Course

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

2005-present Private violin instruction to college violin majors

String Pedagogy Course

Utah Valley University, Orem, UT

2008-2012 After School Music School

Director, organizer and teacher, servicing families in the Provo Utah School District 

2001-present Teacher at Intermuse Academy of Musicianship and Pedagogy

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Training teachers of string instruments to implement Kodály principles of music education in their teaching.

2014-present Founder of the School for Strings

Research Experience

1996-present Development of a curriculum for teaching strings to elementary school-aged children, based on principles of music education developed in Europe and specifically the work of Zoltán Kodály.  

Conference Presentations

March 2003 “The Complete Violinist: An American Kodály Solution”

29th OAKE National Conference, Minneapolis, MN

March 2004 “Violin Study According to the Kodály Concept”

30th OAKE National Conference, San Francisco, CA

March 2006 “Sing and Play, Read and Play”

32nd OAKE National Conference, Charlotte, NC

March 2007 “How to Get Your Child to Practice”

5th International Cedros-Panamericana Festival, Mexico City, Mexico

March 2008 “Rocky Mountain String Sounds”

34th OAKE National Conference, Denver, CO

International Experience

1969 Private student of Prof. Franz Samohyl, Akademie fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Mozarteum, Salzurg, Austria

1999 Travel to Hungary to observe teaching methods there

2001 Completion of the International Colourstrings Summer Course at the East Helsinki Music Institute, Helsinki, Finland

2018 Travel to Eastern Germany to accompany the Utah Baroque Ensemble

2019 Travel to Hungary to observe music teaching in the school system according to Kodály principles.

Performing Experience

Freelance Recording Studio Musician

Ballet West Orchestra, Utah Regional Ballet, first violin section

Substitute violinist for Utah Symphony

1981-1994, 2010- Concertmaster of Utah Valley Symphony

1981, 1988 Soloist performing major works with Utah Valley Symphony

Numerous recitals and concerts with my children

Instrumentalist for Utah Baroque Ensemble, Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, and Temple Square Concert Series.


2002 Outstanding Private Studio Teacher, Utah String Teachers Association

2012 Utah Mother of the Year 2012, American Mothers, Inc.

Hobby Family History Research


1985 How to Get Your Child to Practice Without Resorting to Violence

2003 to present The Complete Musician Series: Graded books in 5 levels for Violin, Viola and Cello, in collaboration with Dr. Jerry L. Jaccard  

Dec 2008 “History of Elijah Beach Gaylord and Elizabeth Frederickson”

Websites & Blogs Kodá   

Memberships       American String Teachers Association

Organization of American Kodály Educators

Community Service

Chairman of local ASTA string festivals for approximately 10 years

Performing with Utah Valley Symphony

Adjudicator at string festivals in the community and public schools

April 2013 Interfaith Sacred Music Benefit Concert, sponsored by Utah American Mothers, Inc.