Katinka Scipiades Dániel, Founder

Katinka Scipiades Dániel

January 17, 1913 – December 11, 2010

Katinka Scipiades Dániel passed away in Santa Barbara on December 11, 2010, a few weeks short of her 98th birthday, surrounded by her family.

She was born January 17, 1913 in Budapest, Hungary, to parents Elemer and Iren (Gecso) Scipiades. She held degrees in Elementary Music Education from the Notre Dame Teachers College, in Music Education and Piano from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, and pursued doctoral studies at the Pazmany Peter University in Budapest.

Mrs. Dániel was a student, disciple and lifelong friend of Jeno Adam, who developed the so-called Kodaly Method of music education. She taught music education, piano and solfege for 22 years in the Budapest Municipal School System prior to coming to the United States in 1960.

Katinka Dániel pioneered the Kodaly Method curriculum for the United Sates while teaching at the San Roque School in Santa Barbara for over 10 years. She introduced the Method in the United States, and trained hundreds of music educators as a lecturer at many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Counted among her students are numerous faculty members at schools and universities in California, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Canada, and Taiwan. She was adjudicator for the National Piano Guild, and over the years several of her piano students won Paderewski gold medals. Her life’s work was detailed in a professional publication by Jeri Bonnin.

She was the author of several books and instructional videos on the Kodaly Method, and received several awards and distinctions for her lifelong work on behalf of music education. Among these was the Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary presented to her in 1993 in person by Hungarian Ambassador to Washington Pal Tar.

Katinka was blessed with many loving and supportive colleagues, students and friends. They described her as the ultimate teacher, mentor and friend. She was equally devoted to her native country and to making a significant contribution to her new country: she instilled the same values in her children. She personified perseverance, tenacity, focus, industry, strong principles and deep religious faith. She had great interest in and a wealth of knowledge about history. Katinka loved travel, adventure, her garden, fine chocolate, and most of all telling endless stories.

Our founder, Katinka Scipiades Dániel, brought and adapted the Kodály method for American teachers.


Memorial Edition: Katinka Dániel Celebration:

Click here for your very own digital copy of the KATINKA EDITION of the CRESCENDO or email KASCmail@gmail.com to request a limited edition hard copy.


Katinka Dániel Day Celebration:

Click here to learn more about “Katinka Dániel Day”, an open house hosted by one of KASC’s board members annually. All members invited to join in song, food, and friendship.  Email KASCmail@gmail.com for this year’s event details.