Dr. Dennis Dunham and Kyle Dillingham The Men Behind the Method
"Dr. Dunham at his recent inauguration for Honorary Consul of Korea for the State of Oklahoma."
"Dr. Dunham with Mrs. Jan Dunham, Director of Children’s Miracle Network, raising research funds for children’s diseases."
Kyle has performed in over 30 countries.
"Kyle’s greatest love is performing original symphonies with orchestras all over the world."
Dr. Dennis Dunham
Dr. Dunham has had a passion for second language learning since he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea teaching English to Middle School boys. With 70 students in a class, he was challenged to learn the best methods possible. During this time, he begin to notice that students who learned by listening first, instead of speaking first, had the best pronunciation and acquired the language the fastest. Later when he pursued his PhD in Educational Psychological he became excited about the research, which showed the effectiveness of the “listening first” approach. Dr. Dunham believes that the textbooks should be put aside in the early stages and focus on the sounds and expressions of the languages. However, he wanted students to be excited and motivated by the sounds they heard so when he teamed up with friend, Kyle Dillingham, a world-class performer and artist who also spoke fluent French, Language and Lyrics was born.
Dr. Dunham has headed up the Department of Global Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma and was also Vice President of International Affairs at Oklahoma City University for 16 years. He was recently named the Honorary Consul Of Korea for the State of Oklahoma. As a member of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, he received their Outstanding Service Award. He has to his credit “The Malaysian American Society Leadership Award” and “The Leadership Award” by Management Development Institute of Singapore. Received “The Distinguished Leadership Award” from Oklahoma City University Malaysian Alumni Association. Published three bestselling books through YBM Publishing, Seoul, Korea, “You Know What #1” (1987); “You Know What #2” (1988); “To Teach a Fish to Swim” (1987). He finished his first novel published by Tate Publishing, “The Good Luck Side of the Rice Paper Door”, released in the fall of 2012, a novel which incorporated many of his international experiences and founded the Journal of Transformative Learning in 2012.
Education: Phd. Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Masters TESOL, Oklahoma City University, BS Journalism, Oklahoma State University.
Kyle became fascinated with the study of French during his university days. In France, he performed all over the country and began to polish his French skills as well as his passion for teaching others the "Language of love."
Kyle has electrified and energized audiences around the world. While he was still a teenager, he had two featured performances in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Though he had an attractive offer to continue in Nashville, Kyle wanted study classical violin and received a BS Violin Performances from Oklahoma City University.
He was a featured performer for the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, Singapore’s National Day Celebration, and he was televised throughout all of China. A frequent visitor to Washington D.C, he has performed for the Japanese, Thai, Romanian, and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors, to name a few. He has also performed with Roy Clarke and Hank Thompson.
Kyle was also featured on the Memorial Thank You Concert at the Ford Center in OKC along with Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb and Toby Keith. Kyle received a standing ovation from the sold out Ford Center that night.
In collaboration with Edmond composer, Callen Clarke, Kyle was commissioned to perform “Argosy Overture”, a composition for violin and symphony orchestra.
In 2009, Kyle traveled to Thailand where he starred in the musical, "PhraLor." The Bangkok Post wrote, "Dillingham can bewitch and conjure a range of emotions from his violin…The music becomes the most intriguing and seductive aspect of this production."
Kyle was honored by Governor Brad Henry as a recipient of the 2009 Governor's Arts Award, acknowledging his life's work as a violinist, vocalist, musical ambassador for the state of Oklahoma and for his gift to connect with people throughout the world.
"The Mary Rose,” a tribute to Tudor England, officially launched an initiative to revive Symphonic Music in America and the World through the creation and performance of exciting new orchestral repertoire. Prince Charles sent two delegates to OK for the premier and Gov. Henry proclaimed it Mary Rose Day. Kyle has been invited to perform for the grand opening of The Mary Rose Museum in 2012 in England.
Kyle is one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40, an elite list of selected young Oklahoma’s making a difference in our state. Kyle is also one of OKC Biz Magazine’s top 40 under 40. As a Creativity Ambassador, he performed as a part of the Creativity World Forum in November, 2010. The next day he was a featured performer for Jimmy Webb Day.
President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate, Glenn Coffee, just appointed Kyle as a member of the “Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts Board of Trustees. Kyle has also been hired as “Ambassador in Residence” for the University of Central Oklahoma to use his “musical diplomacy” to help develop and strengthen new overseas relationships for the university.