Meet Dr. Foley

  • Dr. Foley is currently the K-5 Music Content Leader and teaches all General Music classes (UPK-5) at Neil Armstrong. He received his Ph.D. in Music Education at Eastman, where he also completed his BM and MM. He is the designer and coordinator of Theory in Motion, a five-level musicianship program for students in grades K-6 at the Eastman Community Music School.  Dr. Foley has completed three levels of certification in the Kodály Approach and in Orff Schulwerk. He is an elementary general music specialist in the Rochester area and has presented on the Kodály Approach and “Teaching the Struggling Sight-reader” at various venues in New York State. He is also a frequent presenter for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in the United States, focusing on combining Orff and Kodály principles in the elementary classroom.

     

    To contact Dr. Foley, you can send an email to Adam_Foley@gateschili.org or call 585-340-5600 ext. 74228.

     

    Upcoming Event for Dr. Foley

    Presenter: "Weaving it All Together: Exploring and Developing Musical Understanding" for the New Mexico Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association on 2/2/19 in Albuquerqui, NM

    Description: Participants will explore an approach to developing singing, movement skills, and literacy with child-tested projects and activities that include songs, rhymes, rhythm syllables, solfege, movement development, and instrument playing. Elements of practice from Orff, Kodály, and Music Learning Theory are woven together to address these core elements of musical growth. This session includes intermediate level activities and examples of consistent, authentic, embedded assessment and will highlight connections to the New Mexico Core Arts Standards.

    Dr. Foley will present the workshop for pre-service and in-service teachers in New Mexico.

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    Examples of Dr. Foley's Work in Music Education

    Presenter: "Orff, Kodály, and Music Learning Theory: Weaving it all together" for the NYSSMA/NAfME Collegiate Conference on 4/9/16 at Houghton College.

    Description: This session explores an approach to developing singing, movement skills, and literacy with child tested projects that include songs, rhymes, rhythm syllables, solfege, movement development, and instrument playing. Elements of practice from Orff, Kodály, and Music Learning Theory are woven together to address these core elements of musical growth. 

    Dr. Foley presented the workshop for pre-service music educators.


    Presenter: "Understanding and Assessing Rhythm Skill Development in Elementary School-age Children" for the Black Hills Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association on 1/23/16 in Rapid City, SD

    Description: Participants move to meter and rhythm, exploring rhythm understanding, and assessment. This session includes intermediate level activities and examples of consistent, authentic, embedded assessment (based on my dissertation research with students from Neil Armstrong).

    Dr. Foley presented the workshop for pre-service and in-service teachers in South Dakota.

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    Presenter: "It's O.K.! Weaving Orff and Kodaly Together" for the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association on 10/26/13 in Pittsburgh, PA

    Description: This session explores an approach to developing singing and literacy skills with projects that include songs, play-parties, singing games, rhythm syllables, solfege, and works from Western Art Music. Elements of practice from Orff Schulwerk and the Kodaly Approach (2 popular approaches to music education) are woven together to address these core musical areas.

    Dr. Foley presented the workshop for pre-service and in-service teachers in the greater Pittsburgh area.

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    Research Gallery Presenter: "Children's Aural and Kinesthetic Understanding of Rhythm: Developing an Instructional Model" for the New York State School Music Association 2013 Winter Conference in Rochester, NY on 12/7/13  

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    Presenter: "Move it! Explore it! Understand it!" for the National American Orff Schulwerk Professional Development Conference in Denver, CO on 11/16/13

    Description: Participants move to meter and rhythm, exploring rhythm understanding, and assessment. This session includes intermediate level activities and examples of consistent, authentic, embedded assessment (based on my dissertation research with students from Neil Armstrong).

    Dr. Foley presented the workshop for pre-service and in-service teachers from across the United States.

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    Guest Conductor: Dr. Foley was invited to rehearse and conduct the All-County Elementary Chorus for Orleans County (containing five school districts) on Feb. 7 & 8, 2014 in the Holley Central School District.  Music educators from Orleans County send select elementary student to participate in a 2-day festival. He rehearsed with the students on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and the performance was at 2:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. 
     
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    Distance-Learning Guest Educator:  Dr. Foley and students in the Armstrong After-school Chorus as well as a third grade class participated in a distance-learning opportunity with Music Education students at Oregon State University. A former Gates Chili music teacher, Dr. Julie Beauregard, is a Music Education faculty member at Oregon State, and she requested that Dr. Foley assist in providing "a true exemplar of general and vocal music instruction at the elementary school level."  In addition to sharing video recordings from Armstrong, Dr. Foley participated in a Skype discussion on teaching in the General Music classroom with students from Dr. Beauregard's class.
     
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