Naomi Foley is a dedicated musician and educator who has chosen to focus her life on teaching children music and developing children’s musicianship.
Naomi earned her Bachelors of Music from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction in Music Education with a double concentration in vocal and general music. She studied piano with Douglas Humphreys and worked closely with Donna Brink Fox while teaching in the Early Childhood Music Program at the Eastman Community Music School.
Naomi then went on to study at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music and earned her Masters of Music Education in Kodály. She studied with John Feierabend and Jill Trinka, earning her Level III Kodály Certification. For her excellence in academic achievements, Naomi was nominated and inducted into the Phi Kappa Lambda Honor Society.
Naomi has taught general music and chorus in the public schools. Currently, she has a private piano studio, where her students are very successful and are consistently recognized at festivals and evaluations for their achievements. Her students have been selected to perform at the Monroe East Honors Recitals and have entered college on music scholarships. All of her piano students share in a strong community of music making and sharing.
Recently, Naomi completed the Level I Orff Certification program at the Eastman School of Music, studying under Jim Solomon and Karen Medley.
Naomi enjoys teaching music and making music with her own children. You will find her, along with her husband Adam Foley, bringing their children to lessons and ensembles at the Eastman Community Music School and accompanying them on piano in studio classes and on recitals. Childhood is a crucial time to develop musicianship, creativity, and discipline in the arts, and she is very grateful to be able to share this beautiful opportunity with her family at ECMS.
Naomi is very excited to work with children, encourage their musical and vocal development, inspire them to become independent musicians, and foster a collaborative learning environment. “Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime.” – Kodály