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. Communicate the effects of music-making on brain development and achievement.
3. Collaborate with individuals and organizations toward the vision.
Ann C. Kay started the Center for Lifelong Music Making, her consulting business, to launch projects to get all people making music. Her latest initiative, The Rock 'n' Read Project, www.rocknreadproject.org is dedicated to using singing to unlock children's potential for reading and learning. She also created the Great American Singing Challenge to help all children learn to sing in tune, and the Teacher-to-Teacher 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 (APC) model.
Ann taught a children's choir and music class for 5-year-olds for the Northfield Youth Choirs until 2020. Formerly an elementary and jr. high music teacher, Ann also served as associate director of graduate music education at the University of St. Thomas where she founded and directed the Kodály Certification Program for music teachers and advised MA papers. She founded the Kodály Chapter of Minnesota and served as president of 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, Volume 2 (January, 2019).