About Me

About Mrs. McIlroy


Mrs. McIlroy at her graduation for her Master's Degree in 2013.

Mrs. McIlroy has been the music specialist at Millennium Elementary since 2006 where she teaches Kindergarten-6th grade music. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Central Washington University in 2005 and her Masters of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2013.


Mrs. McIlroy teaches through the philosophy of Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly. To become certified in the Kodaly philosophy you must go through three summer courses where you study Pedagogy, Folk Music, Choral Singing and Conducting and Musicianship. The two recordings on this page are songs she did with her friends at her Kodaly Level II in the summer of 2011.


Lizette is a French canon. We sang it on solfege (note names) in one, two and three parts.


Mid the Oak Trees is a three part choral piece by Zoltan Kodaly.


Mrs. McIlroy has taught with the Bellevue Girlchoir since 2013 where she directs the youngest choirs of Preschool-2nd grade. She also serves on the national board for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.


email: heidi.mcilroy@kent.k12.wa.us


Who was Zoltan Kodaly?Zoltan Kodaly


Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) was a Hungarian composer who was interested in music education in his country. He felt strongly that all children should be given the opportunity to learn music and that only the best music was good enough for a child. Kodaly worked much of his life to bring quality music education to children and his philosophy has spread throughout the world to be adapted by many countries. Kodaly teachers go through three Levels of training focusing on different age groups. They learn about collecting music for use in their classroom, how to teach and conduct as well as work on their own musical abilities.


Kodaly Philosophies:

Joyful! - Above all, children must be involved in musical activities that are joyful!


Folk Music - Folk music is the music of the people and so is best suited to helping children reach musical understandings. Teachers who have adopted the Kodaly philosophy spend a lot of time collecting music from their culture to use for teaching. Because of this, a teacher in Japan will be teaching a completely different curriculum than a teacher in the United States even though both may follow Kodaly’s philosophy.


Authenticity - Music and experiences must be authentic to life. Music that is contrived or learning activities that are forced remain with a child only a short time. Authentic musical and learning activities stay with them a life time.


Active - “Singing is the instinctive language of the child, and the younger he is, the more he requires movement to go with it. The organic connection between music and physical movement is expressed in singing games. These, particularly in the open air, have been one of the principal joys of childhood from time immemorial.” -Zoltan Kodaly Games, dances and play are the primary avenues of teaching in a Kodaly classroom.


Intuitive - A child’s understanding of music must come out of what they have experienced, heard and done. Before learning a musical concept, a child hears it, sings or plays it and relates it to what they already know. Once they understand it, they give it a name and practice it.