Teachers at the Old Town School

Katherine Athanasiou

Voice, Kodály

Styles - Folk (Singing Games, Play Parties and Dances), Classical (Vocal and Instrumental)

Techniques - Music literacy through solfege, rhythm syllables, and ear training.

Katherine bases her teaching on the Kodály methodology: using folk songs, singing games, play parties and dances to teach solfege, rhythm, music literacy, composition and improvisation. She trusts that 'hearing through the eyes and seeing through the ears' is an important foundation for young musicians to have. Traveling to Budapest, the birthplace of the Kodály methodology, to see first hand how children learn music through their folk songs and games, has helped mold and influence Katherine's work with her students. She believes that authentic music instruction has the power to not only create successful musicians, but inquisitive and creative children as well.

Katherine developed and taught the K-5, Kodály-based daily music program for 10 years at the public Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston. She implemented a similar program at the Fletcher-Maynard Academy in Cambridge, MA. She has taught Kodály Singing Classes at Boston City Singers and the children's Vocal Vacation division of the Kodály Music Institute in Boston. She has directed Elementary and Middle School choirs and has had students accepted into the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Honors Choir.

Katherine is currently learning two-finger Banjo here at the OTSFM, and brings her two children here for Wiggleworms and Fiddle classes. She is vicariously memorizing every Tchaikovsky ballet score through her ballet-obsessed daughter, and loving every moment of it!

Education: Walnut Hill School for the Arts; BM in Flute Performance and Concentration in MusEd, New England Conservatory of Music; MusEd and Kodály Certification, Hartt School of Music at University of Hartford

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2013


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Young Voices: 4, 5 & 6 years with Katherine Athanasiou
for kids with birthdays between: 07/09/2011 and 01/09/2014
$312 ($292 members)
for 16 weeks
01/09/2018 – 04/24/2018Tuesdays · 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000