About the Center
Lifelong music making for all
To foster a musically able and active population
1. Launch projects designed to have all children sing daily and receive music instruction.
2. Research effects of music-making on achievement.
3. Collaborate with individuals and organizations toward the vision.
Ann C. Kay started the Center for Lifelong Music Making to launch projects to get all people making music. The latest initiative, The Rock 'n' Read Project, www.rocknreadproject.org is dedicated to all children reading at grade level through singing. She also created the Great American Singing Challenge™ to help all children learn to sing in tune, and a free mentoring program that pairs expert retired or part-time teachers with new teachers. She teaches courses and workshops for classroom teachers, Want to Teach Reading and Math? Try Singing!, with Dr. Elizabeth Olson based on Olson's Affirming Parallel Concepts model.
Ann directs a choir and teaches a music class for five-year-olds for the Northfield Youth Choirs. Formerly an elementary and jr. high music teacher, Ann was also associate director of graduate music education at the University of St. Thomas where she founded and directed the Kodály approach certification program for music teachers (for 18 years) and advised MA papers. She founded the Kodály Chapter of Minnesota and served as president of both the midwest division and the national Organization of American Kodály Educators. Ann recently co-authored a chapter, "Assessment in the Kodaly Classroom," for the two-volume publication, The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education (Jan 2019).