Atsuko Omi

Atsuko Omi

Atsuko Omi

Atsuko Omi is a Professor at the Kawamura Gakuen Women’s University, conductor of the KGWU Student’s Choir and also a board member of the Japan Kodály Society. She has conducted teacher training in music education for preschool and elementary school for over 28 years. She has incorporated the Kodály approach in her class teaching as well as a capella chorus which has enlivened music learning and also helped to develop the musical abilities of her non-music major students. Atsuko’s meeting with Katalin Forrai in 1992, at the Early Childhood Commision of ISME held in Tokyo, led to her interest in the Kodály philosophy. During her sabbatical year in Budapest in 2006, she researched music classes based on the Kodály concept under the supervision of Helga Dietrich and also studied choral conducting from Gábor Ugrin. In the 2017 Kodály Symposium in Canada, she presented a workshop on Japanese folk tunes and singing games. In Japan, Atsuko is actively promoting the true adaptation of Kodály approach by organising study group with school teachers and also Kodály Seminar in four big cities which was led by Dr. James Cuskelly, President of IKS, in 2018.