Dr. Adam Foley is the Coordinator of Theory in Motion, the musicianship program for children in grades 1-6, at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY. He received his Ph.D. in music education from the Eastman School of Music, having focused his research on developing aural and kinesthetic rhythm understanding in elementary age children. Dr. Foley holds three levels of certification in Orff Schulwerk and the Kodály Approach and is also an elementary vocal music specialist and PK-5 Music Department Leader in the Gates Chili Central School District where he instructs General Music, Chorus, and a select Orff ensemble.
As a consultant and teacher trainer in Music Education, Dr. Foley has presented on the Kodály Approach for the Rochester Area Council of Administrators of Music Education and at various venues in New York State including the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, and the Greece Central School District. Additionally, he has presented on beginning improvisation techniques for the Eastman Community Music School and teaching the struggling sight-reader, as a clinician for ACDA, the Pittsford School District, and the Guilderland Central Schools in New York State.
Dr. Foley is a frequent presenter for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in the United States, focusing on combining Orff, Kodály, and Music Learning Theory principles in the elementary classroom and authentic embedded assessment. He has presented workshops in Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and West Virginia. As an educator, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Foley is a specialist in General Music curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and he is also a certified school building and district administrator.