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VHEW music teacher earns prestigious certification

Trudye Confessore September 4, 2019 — Trudye Confessore, music teacher at Vestavia Hills Elementary West, recently completed training in a nationally-renowned music education program.

Confessore completed Level III training this summer in the Kodály Concept and is now a certified Kodály educator.

There are fewer than a dozen certified Kodály educators in Alabama, according to Dr. Becky Halliday, director of the University of Montevallo’s Kodály Institute where Confessore completed her training.

The Kodály Concept is based on the teaching practical of Zoltán Kodály, a prominent Hungarian composer and musician in the early 20th century who believed that music could be used to develop a person’s intellectual and emotional personality.

“This approach begins with the singing voice, utilizing culturally relevant musical material to teach concepts such as rhythm, melody, form, and expression,” Halliday said.

Kodály certification is a rigorous process that spans three years and develops a teacher’s musical and pedagogical skills. Training in the Kodály concept includes study in choir and conducting, research of folk music, and curriculum development strategies.