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Insider’s look at music ed expertise

Nationally recognized musician and music educator Natalie Douglass visited campus to share with music education students her expertise in the Kodály method of musical instruction.

The Kodály method is an interactive, collaborative, and highly kinesthetic teaching methodology of the ear taught through mother-tongue folk songs.

Douglass has taught, performed, and researched internationally and was a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright grant to the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Conservatory in Hungary. This noted Kodály expert taught several classes during her visit to campus. The instruction consisted of music education, discussions, activities, and individualized work.

“As a vocal student, I was already a huge fan of Kodály, so getting to see this method in practice was incredibly interesting,” said Alexa Andrews ’19. “One thing I loved about the talk with Dr. Douglass was getting to see how the skills sets I have acquired at Lake Forest College and in my previous choral and music education can be applied to teaching music literacy.”

Associate Professor of Music Scott Edgar arranged for Douglass to collaborate with the music department as the Spring 2019 Artist-in-residence. “We were very lucky to be able to welcome Dr. Douglass to campus,” he said.

—Dipashna Acharya ’22

Artist-in-residence Natalie Douglass works with music education and band students on the Kodaly method of musical training.Artist-in-residence Natalie Douglass works with music education and band students on the Kodaly method of musical training.