By Peter Tinaglia, Upper School Head Teacher
Last year, thanks in part to a grant from the MMFS Parents Association, I completed my music education summer courses with the Kodály Summer Institute. I am proud to say that I am now a fully certified Kodály music educator! You can learn more about the program here.
After completing three weeks of coursework at the Kodály Summer Institute at NYU, I boarded a plane to Hungary where I studied for a week at the Kodály Institute at the Liszt Academy of Music in Kesckemét, the birthplace of Zoltán Kodály, and the home of the school that was started in his honor in 1973. There I was able to study with an international team of music educators to further my knowledge and understanding of the Kodály method. I am excited to incorporate many of the wonderful strategies and tools I learned into my MMFS classes. Click here for an overview of Kodály’s work and music education philosophy.
I hold so much gratitude and appreciation to the MMFS Parents Association for their generous sponsorship of this amazing work. Thank you!
Update: Despite the challenges of distance teaching, Peter is dedicated to continuing and completing his doctoral coursework requirements. He has just completed his defense of his portfolio, which represents a diverse body of his work. He presented to an esteemed panel of NYU faculty, facing a rigorous battery of questions about his teaching philosophy and experience, research goals, the proposed design of his dissertation study, and his literature review/sources. Peter is one step closer to his goal, and attributes his success to his close friends, family, and colleagues who have helped him along the way.