On completion of her studies in Music and Education at Western, Ms. Pals
(“Ms. P) accepted a teaching position with the Terra Nova Integrated
School Board in Newfoundland. There, in a small town on the North Shore,
Ms P taught Junior and Intermediate classroom Music and Intermediate
Visual Arts. Ms. P also provided an extensive extracurricular Music
program which included choir, recorder, ukulele and guitar ensembles.
Every Spring, the Intermediate students presented a musical.
While at Western, Ms P was most fortunate to study with Ilona Bartelus, a
specialist in the philosophy of Music education of the renowned Hungarian
ethnomusicologist, Zoltan Kodaly. Ms P. continued her studies of the
Kodaly “Method” with Ms Bartelus at the University of Calgary, completing
the requirements for the Diploma of Fine Arts (Kodlay Music Education).
After four years in Newfoundland, Ms P moved to Kitchener where one of
her colleagues in Calgary was part of the writing team of the new, Kodalybased,
Music Curriculum for the Waterloo Region District School Board.
Ms. P taught Music at the Primary and Junior levels for much of the
remainder of her teaching career and is an active member of the Kodlay
Society of Ontario where she and Miss Susan have worked closely
together at workshops and as members of the Board of Directors.
Ms. Pals is now a certified early childhood music teacher,
implementing programs specifically designed for newborns to age 7. She
strongly maintains that the philosophies of Kindermusik and Kodlay are
quite closely aligned. They both believe that childrens’ musical
experiences should start at birth; that the voice be their first “instrument:
that the music be age-appropriate, authentic, and of the highest caliber;
that children have opportunities to respond to music in many different ways;
that the child’s formal music education be taught by only the best qualified
I am thrilled to join the faculty of The Beckett School at Laurier and be part
of a community of musicians guiding students of all ages through their own
journey of music making.