Here you will learn more about my professional life. 
PS> My last name is pronounced "kah-year-goes." If you want to sound even more authentic, flip the "r."

As a music educator, I devote many hours towards my craft including regular professional development, membership of professional organizations, participation in various community ensembles, and reflection regarding my students and teaching. I started the school music program with the support of our entire school community through which it continues to grow. As an inclusive school, our belief is every student, no matter their abilities can learn and make music side by side. Music is such a vast subject that helps students generate meaningful experiences that expand the heart, body, and mind. I love my job!

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Professional Development

As an educator, I attend workshops and other professional development throughout the year to maintain current and refreshed in my teaching. Below you will get an idea of the various types of training I have received and continue to develop. 

  • 3-4 Orff & Kodaly (music education) workshops throughout each year
  • 2016 Folk Song Research III
  • 2016 OAKE National Conference in Long Beach, CA
  • 2015 OAKE National Conference 
  • 2015 Orff Level I
  • 2014 OAKE National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Spring 2014 Rhythm-Play: The Teacher's Way
  • Winter 2014 Putting it All Together: Using the Schulwerk K-5
  • Winter 2014 Employing Technology Through Music Education
  • Winter 2013 American History Through Folk Song
  • Fall 2013 Orff and the Vocal Experience
  • Fall 2013 Creating Artistry through Visualization, Gesture and Movement
  • Summer 2013 Kodály Level III
  • Summer 2013 Jazz Improvisation
  • Spring 2013 Music Through Movement
  • Spring 2013 Hierarchy Vocal Development
  • Winter 2013 Classical Listening
  • Winter 2013 Orff Recorders 
  • Fall 2012 Native American Music
  • Summer 2012 Arts in the Schools
  • Summer 2012 Kodály Level II
  • Summer 2011 Music and Different Learning Intelligences
  • Spring 2011 Folk Song Research I & II
  • Fall 2011 Music & the Brain
  • Summer 2010 Kodály Level I

Certifications & Degrees

  • BA in Music Education from California State University, Northridge 
    • Graduated Cum Laude 2005
  • California Teaching Credential 
    • Preliminary from California State University, Northridge 2007 -4.0 G.P.A
  • California Teaching Credential 
    • Clear-Credential from Los Angeles Unified BTSA program 2011
  • Kodaly Certification
    • Level I, II, III, Folk Song I, II, III - completed in 2016

Ensembles & Performances

City of Angles Community Choir 2012-2015

  • Caroled throughout Northridge Hospital Dec. 2013
  • Fundraised at Dinner & a Broadway Show Oct. 2013
  • Performed Sandy Hook Remembrance May 2013
  • Performed at Liberty Hall April 2013
  • Performed at Carnegie Hall Nov. 2012
  • Performed Dinner & a Disney Show Oct. 2012
Parent Vibe Director & Performer chimeapalooza.org
  • CHIME-apalooza 2012-Present
  • CHIME Carnival 2012-Present
Sunland-Tujunga & Glendale Community Performance Vocalist
  • Memorial Day at Sunland Park 2001-Present
  • 4th of July Ceremony 2006-2008
  • Octoberfest 2000-2003
  • City of Glendale Mayor Fundraisers 2000-2001
  • Other Various Events
Moorpark Community College Wind Ensemble 2011-2012
  • Performed on Flute with Jenny Olsen
  • Performed works such as "Suite of Old American Dances"
San Fernando Valley Master Choral 2009-2011
  • Performed Carmina Burana, A Ceremony of Carols, Handel's Messiah, Shubert's Mass No. 6, and many more
  • Performed at Cabaret Dinner & a Show Series
  • Performed in conjunction with other Master Chorals
Cal State University, Northridge
  • African Drum Ensemble 
    • Performed at the Valley Performing Arts Center 2012
    • Performed "Lost in the Bush"
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble "Epicenter"
    • Won 1st place at Reno Jazz Festival 2006
  • Master Choral
  • Women's Choral
  • Musical Theater
  • Community Service Award
Massachusetts' Westfield State College Fall 2004
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Musical Theatre Production of "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum" 
Verdugo Hills High School 1997-2001
  • Graduated with honors
  • Recipient of various awards 
  • Jazz A Band -Alto Saxophone
  • Drum Line -Marimbas
    • 1st place at Championship
  • Color Guard -Dancer and Flag
    • 1st place WGASC Championships 
  • Marching Band -Drum Major & Piccolo feature
  • Concert Band -1st chair Flautist
  • Drama -Dracula
LaCanada Choir
  • OAKE Children's Honor Chorus 1997, Saltlake City Utah
    • Performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    • Under the direction of Henry Leck
  • Hand-bell Choir
  • Children's Chorus
  • Various Musical Productions
Mount Gleason Middle School
  • Chavela Cole Scholarship Award
  • Knights and Ladies
  • First Chair Flutist and Flute Soloist
  • Orchestra, Band, & Glee 
Mountain View Elementary School
  • 5th grade graduation soloist
  • Talent Show: A Whole New World
  • Talent Show: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Starred as Marie Antoinette in School Musical

Memberships & Awards

CHIME Charter School "Exceptional Teacher Award" 2014 
    "Thank you Kelly Callirgos for your amazing dedication to teaching music to students of all abilities."

CMEA & NAfME  http://www.nafme.org/  
  • Board Member of CMEA Southwestern Section 2014-Present
  • Nominated & Elected as Southwestern CMEA Elementary Kodály Representative, 2014-Present
  • Member 2002-2007, 2014-Present

Organization of American Kodály Educators https://oake.org 

  • Conference Committee Co-Chair 2016
  • General Member 2009-Present
  • National Children's OAKE Honor Chorus 1996

Kodály Association for Southern California  http://kasc.oake.org/ 

  • President 2016-Present
  • Vice President 2012-2016
  • Board Member 2011-Present
  • General Member 2009-Present
American Orff Schulwerk Association  http://laorff.org/LA_ORFF
  • General Member 2012-Present
  • Education Department - High Honors Award 2016
  • Music Education Department - Community Service Award 2015

Sigma Alpha Iota    http://www.sai-national.org/home/
  • Alumni Chapter in Pasadena 2008-Present
  • Vice President of Rituals 2005-2007
    • Sword of Honor Recipient 2007
  • General Member 2004-2005
Union Program Counsel, CSUN   http://www.csun.edu/usu
  • Outdoor & Recreation Chair 
    • Committee of the Year 2002-2003
  • General Member 2001-2004
  • Campus Activities Board -Westfield, MA 2004   http://www.westfield.ma.edu/
French Club 2003
  • Secretary & General Member
Honor Clubs & Organizations 

Education Abroad

Peru Summer 2012 -Family trip to Lima, Machu Picchu & the Amazon

Ghana Summer 2011 -Traditional African Singing, Dance, and Drumming 3-week Music Course

Italy Winter 2004 -Beginning Italian: 3-weeks Florence Italy

Australia Summer 2003 -Mission on Education: 10-days Sydney & Cannes

Massachusetts Fall 2003 -Semester Exchange: Westfield State College  

Canada Fall 2001 (Victoria) & 2003 (Montreal) -Jazz Ensemble & Education Retreat 

Europe Tour 2001 & 2006 -Family trip to reclaim ancestry & explore various cultures

Teaching Jobs

CHIME Charter K-8 Music Director 2007-Present   http://chimeinstitute.org/

  • K-4 General Music
  • 3rd Grade Recorders
  • 5th Grade Beginning Band
  • 6th-8th Grade Band Elective
  • After School Beginning Violin
  • After School Beginning Guitar

National Children's Chorus Kodály Instructor 2012-Present   http://nationalchildrenschorus.com/

  • Prelude Kodály I & II
  • Senior Division Kodály I & II
  • Senior Division Theory II & III

Inclusive Music Education Presenter Winter 2013   http://www.etmla.org/

  • Learning Through Music LosAngeles Professional Development Training

Kids Music 'N Motion Traveling Music Teacher 2005-2007  http://www.kidsmusicnmotion.com/

  • Traveling Music Teacher: General Music, Piano, Guitar, Choir Preschool-Elementary School
Student Teaching Choir & Guitar 2006  
Calahan Elementary School String & Band Program 2004-2005
  • Directed String Program
  • Assisted Band Program

City of Glendale Parks & Recreation Day Camp Leader 2001-2005   http://www.parks.ci.glendale.ca.us/

  • Brand Park
  • Verdugo Park
  • Montrose Park

Bio Summary

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~Plato

Dear CHIME families,

I have the pleasure of teaching music to all the CHIME students kindergarten through eighth grade. I love my job and the ability to see first hand, the progress each student makes over their time at CHIME. I started at CHIME in 2007 when there were less than 300 students. Our music program has certainly grown since then and continues to do so with CHIME serving over 750 students. When I am not at CHIME, I am performing with various ensembles in the community, serving on music education boards, teaching musicianship with the National Children's Chorus, and cherishing time spent with family. 

If you ever have questions about the music program, please don't hesitate to contact me at kelly.callirgos@chimeinstitute.org, visit the music room (next to the main office), and check out my website: http://callirgosmusic.wordpress.com/.

Looking forward to a wonderful year of music making for everyone! 
~Kelly Callirgos, CHIME Music Teacher

Kelly Callirogs was engaged in music from a young age. Inspired through music, Callirgos immersed herself in a variety of school music programs, including concert band, marching band, orchestra, jazz band, drumline, musical theatre, opera, and more. Her experiences in music and with youth encouraged her to pursue a degree in music education at California State University Northridge. While in college, Callirgos continued to explore many genres of music through ensembles including vocal jazz and African ensemble. Continuing at CSUN, Kelly completed the credential program with high honors and began teaching at CHIME Charter Community School in 2007 building the music program from scratch. Outside of CHIME, Callirgos is President for the Kodaly Association of Southern California (a music education organization), occasionally works with the National Children's Chorus as a musicianship instructor,  and participates in various ensembles throughout the community. Kelly Callirgos is excited to use her experiences in music to provide all children with a fun, safe, and rewarding environment in which to explore the many facets of music. 
~Kelly Callirgos
CHIME Music Teacher

Kelly Callirgos currently teaches general music and beginning band at CHIME Charter K-8 School in Woodland Hills. She is proud of her school community which stands for Communities Honoring Inclusive Model Education ​where ​students of all abilities learn side by side​.​ The music program she built from scratch in 2007, started with less than 300 students and now serves 700. Kelly Callirgos graduated from CSUN with honors as a Music Education Major. While studying at CSUN, Kelly participated in a variety of clubs, honor societies, exchange programs, and ensembles and received the CSUN Music Department Community Service Award. A year later she received her single-subject credential from the state of California with a 4.0 grade point average. Currently she serves on the Kodály Association for Southern California board as Vice-President and is an active member of the American Orff Schulwerk Association in Los Angeles. She also continues to perform with various ensembles throughout the community including the City of Angels Community Choir. Besides teaching at CHIME, Callirgos also teaches with the National Children’s Chorus at UCLA as a Kodály Musicianship and Theory Instructor.

Into the Future

Would love to continue to explore music from various cultures around the world.

Take Orff certification levels over the next couple of summers

Continue to plan & attend workshops for Music Educators

Develop and maintain my website along with the KASC website

Take on leadership roles within OAKE's local KASC chapter

Take on student teachers at CHIME

Continue to perform with various ensembles throughout the community

Keep up with professional profiles such as LinkedIn and other Websites

Help my baby boy grow to meet his potential and become a thriving member of this world.