Welcome to Music 

Mrs. Paz has been a music educator for over 23 years, and has been teaching at Woodside since 2004.  She teaches general and vocal music classes to grades K-5, directs the 4th and 5th grade choir, and is the proud director and choreographer of the "Woodside Wonders" 5th grade show choir.  

She holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from Montclair University and was awarded Kodály Certification from New York University. Mrs. Paz trained at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary,  adapting Kodály methodology to her curriculum.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education/Voice from Rowan University where she held leading roles in major productions with the Rowan Opera Company. She was also a featured vocalist and choral member of the South Jersey Concert Choir, Choral Union, Rowan Chamber Choir and New Jersey Choral Society. She is a private vocal and piano teacher and soprano soloist and continues to perform and study.

Mrs. Paz was always passionate about music and studied the organ, the vioin, the piano and singing in elementary school. She started her music career writing and directing musicals in her living room at nine years old!

Mrs. Paz enjoys singing, going to concerts and shows. Her favorite musical is Les Miserables and her favorite Operas are Magic Flute (first opera she ever performed in) and La Boheme (first visit to the opera at the Met!) Mozart is her musical hero!

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."  Albert Einstein

The Kodály Philosophy

The K-5 Music Curriculum is one that is Kodály based.  Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, linguist, educator, author and philosopher who had a significant impact on the field of music education. 

Kodály believed:

                Everyone has the right to be musically literate.

                Teachers should use the student's most natural instrument, the voice.

                Music education should begin at an early age.

                Children should begin by learning their musical mother-tongue (the folk songs of their own cultures).

                Only music of the highest quality should be used in the classroom.

                Teachers should follow the stages of child development in a sequential approach to learning music, using the known to discover the unknown.

                To be an excellent teacher, one must also be an excellent musician and scholar.