PASADENA—Each academic year, the St. Gregory A. & M. Hovsepian School community witnesses researched-based, educational enhancements spearheaded by its dynamic administration and faculty. This academic year, Hovsepian School proudly established a partnership with the Pasadena Conservatory of Music (PCM). With this collaborative effort, students are being exposed to quality musical education through the time-tested theories of two major European pedagogues: Zoltan Kodaly and Carl Orff.
Since 1984, Hovsepian School has been the hub of creativity and progressive thinking in the Pasadena community. Coincidentally, since 1984, Pasadena Conservatory of Music has also advocated and inspired similar progressive approaches in performance and music appreciation particularly among the young. Therefore, the partnership was inevitable. With their unique approach to music, the conservatory will implement nationally accredited curriculum which will directly inspire Hovsepian students in the performing arts; thus, young scholars will have the tools to enhance their musical talents. This will surely foster a deep appreciation of musical art amongst students and add to the list of their many accomplishments.
The curriculum at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music ranges from toddler, whose instrumental and musical education has newly begun, to high school students, who are being prepared for competitive college auditions while simultaneously winning national competitions. Both Hovsepian School and PCM administrations have agreed to start this exciting program with the Preschool and Kindergarten classes. Dr. Anita Collin, an expert in Neuroscience and Music Education, claims: “When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.”
Mr. Shahé Mankerian, the Bravo Award winning Principal of Hovsepian School, vouches to explore the four branches of the Arts (Dance, Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts) with major Pasadena establishments like the PCM. This partnership will be a source of pride and accomplishment for our school family for many years to come.