Maree Hennessy (left) and Conway Tan (middle) with graduate music students placed in Cleveland Elementary School: Marni Strome, Kelsey Allen, Jonathan Napier-Morales
By Maree Hennessy, Director of the Kodály Center at Holy Names University
This month we celebrate music in public schools and a continuing partnership between Holy Names University’s (HNU) Kodály Center and Cantare Con Vivo, an Oakland-based community choir and education group.
This year, all HNU Master of Music (Kodály) pedagogy students will complete a year of student teaching in public schools. These graduate students (pictured) are also recipients of the selective Logan Scholarship, granted to HNU students with a commitment to education in public schools.
Cantare Con Vivo is a key provider of music education in public schools throughout Oakland, serving 83 classrooms and reaching approximately 2,400 students in Title I schools each week. The organization employs alumni of the HNU Master of Music (Kodály) program and arranges student teaching placements for HNU graduate music students. This year, Cantare Con Vivo has placed three of our graduate music students as volunteer teachers in their music education program at Cleveland Elementary School, an Oakland Unified District School.
“Cantare Con Vivo has a particular commitment to ensuring young children in Oakland get the best start to their music education,” says Conway Tan, Cantare Con Vivo’s music education director. “We see that this has a positive impact on their lives and communities now and in the future. We know that quality music education is best achieved through well-trained teachers who are also outstanding musicians, and look to the particular holistic and exemplary training that the Kodály Center at HNU offers.”
Maree Hennessy, director of the Kodály Center at HNU, adds, “The partnership with Cantare Con Vivo is a natural one, and forms part of the strong local and international music education community that the Kodály Center has fostered over many years.”
A documentary is being created to celebrate the Kodály Center’s approaching 50-year anniversary. It will feature Holy Names teachers and students and their local and international achievements, and includes insight into their work in public schools (including Cleveland Elementary School), community settings, and in teacher training. According to Hennessy, “This film project will not only celebrate the quality and reach of the work that we do, but will serve to highlight and evidence the belief that ‘… only the best is good enough for the child’ (Kodály). All students have musical capabilities that can flourish when they have access to excellent music education and exceptional teachers.”
To learn more about the Kodály programs at HNU, and music education partnerships in public schools, visit kodaly.hnu.edu or contact Maree Hennessy at email@example.com or 510.415.1314.
To support our vision for providing quality music education to diverse communities and cultures, please contact Katalin Voros, Advisory Board Chair, Kodály Center firstname.lastname@example.org.