Miriam Factora

Artist Teacher, Kodály
Conservatory of Music

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Dr. Miriam B. Factora is an energetic and accomplished educator who truly inspires students of any age group with her passion for music. She has a wide range of teaching experiences in early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, university and postgraduate levels—both in public and private institutions.

Dr. Factora was born and raised in the Philippines. She finished Bachelor of Music in Music Education at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, magna cum laude; specialized conducting at the California State University, East Bay; Orff Certification at Mills College, Oakland, California; Master of Music Education at Holy Names University, Oakland, California; studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Juilliard School of Music, New York; Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Music at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; and was an International Kodály Society scholar at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary.

As an international speaker and clinician, Dr. Factora has presented keynote addresses, lectures, workshops and in-service training to students and teachers in the Philippines, U.S.A, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Mexico, England, Scotland, Poland and Malaysia. She was a faculty member of the Holy Names University Kodály Summer Institute, a co-chair of the International Kodály Society Lászlo Vikar Folk Music Research Forum, and is currently serving as one of the Board of Directors of the International Kodály Society. She has been a consultant of the Kodály Society of the Philippines for so many years. She has just retired from the California Public School System due to her decision to make a major move to Washington State. She has conducted revolutionary research towards the indigenization and localization of the music education program in the Philippines resulting in the publication of several folksong collections and an author of 6 books, the latest of which are ‘Aweng ti Kailokuan; the Musical Heritage of the Ilocanos, Books 1 and 2.