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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.

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

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