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Music to My Ears: LVC Alum on Teaching Music

Cody Kelly is a music education graduate from Lebanon Valley College

With a former violinist as a grandmother and former band member as a mother, it is no surprise that Cody Kelly ’16 grew up with a love of music. 

Kelly added LVC’s Music Department to his college search list and made his final decision after a campus visit. 

“I chose LVC because I felt I would be seen and valued as a person, and not just as a number,” said Kelly. “I truly felt like I belonged there.”

At LVC, Kelly was active inside and outside the classroom, with his favorite experiences stemming from The Pride of The Valley (LVC’s marching band) and LVC Organ Guild. With the Organ Guild, Kelly traveled to California, formed lasting friendships with Brazilian exchange students, and even made a trip to Brazil in the summer of 2016. 

As for his time in the classroom, Kelly recalls the root of his academic success to be LVC’s family feeling and small class sizes. Several professors made a profound impact on his love for music and motivation to strive to get even better. Among these professors are Dr. Jeffrey Lovell, associate professor of music, Dr. Mike Wojdylak, and, most importantly, Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, professor of music and College organist. 

“I feel blessed to have studied with Dr. Moorman Stahlman,” said Kelly, a music education graduate. “Many alumni and I refer to her as our LVC Mom. She expressed care for all her students. She pushed us to be the best, not just as musicians, but as teachers and people.”

While at LVC, Kelly completed various placements for his education certification with Annville-Cleona at the elementary and secondary levels. At Annville-Cleona, Kelly worked alongside teachers who taught him how to plan effectively, instruct, and take teaching to the next level to push students to achieve their full potential. 

Kelly, in his fifth year of teaching, spent the first four years with North Schuylkill School District and was recently hired as the new vocal music teacher and choir director at East Stroudsburg High School South. He also teaches concert choir, concert choir honors, vocal tech and style, music theory one and two, and music tech and composition honors. 

“I wanted to teach high school music since I was in middle school,” said Kelly. “I love music-making and the level of excellence the students hold themselves and the music-making at. The environment and community are supportive in its entirety.” 

Kelly plans to pursue a doctoral degree and teach at the collegiate level to inspire future music teachers to live up to their full potential. Until then, Kelly is focusing on his choral ensemble and planning future conferences and trips with them. 

“LVC is truly a special place where transformative education occurs,” said Kelly. “Our LVC education is noticed by employers, both for our skills and for the type of people LVC produces.”

 

-- Parker Gallagher, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant