Dr. Beth Turner Mattingly is a professor and co-coordinator for the Music Education program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, in the United States. She teaches Music Methods for the Elementary Teacher, Introduction to Music Education, Elementary Music Methods, Music in Early Childhood Education, and the graduate course, Elementary Music Education. She also supervises student teachers and students participating in field experience. Dr. Mattingly holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and a BM and MM in piano performance from the University of Tulsa. Her dissertation, “Katalin Forrai and the Development of the Kodály Concept in Early Childhood Music Education,” focuses on the work of Forrai, who was instrumental in developing the field of early childhood music education in Hungary and around the world. She is currently publishing a book through the ISME series of Routledge entitled, KATALIN FORRAI and the Kodály Concept in Early Childhood Music Education.
In 2013, Dr. Mattingly was awarded a Fulbright Student Grant, an International Kodály Society Scholarship, and the OAKE Jenő Ádám Scholarship. These allowed her to live in Kecskemét, Hungary for nine months, where she attended classes and conducted research at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. She has given numerous research presentations at the national and international level, including the 2015 International Katalin Forrai Conference at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, the 2016 OAKE National Conference in Long Beach, California, and the 2016 International Society for Educational Biography Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Mattingly is a member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the International Kodály Society, the International Society for Music Education, and the National Association for Music Education.