“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” ~Charlie Parker
Inspired through music, I immersed myself in a variety of high school music programs, including concert band, marching band, orchestra, jazz band, drumline, musical theatre, opera, and more. My experiences in music and with youth encouraged me to pursue a degree in music education at California State University Northridge. While in college, I continued to explore many genres of music through ensembles such as Vocal Jazz, African Ensemble, Master Chorale, and Wind Ensemble. Continuing at CSUN, I completed the credential program with high honors and began teaching at CHIME.
When you put my two loves together (teaching and music), you get a wonderful school filled with enthusiastic individuals and an uplifting music program to help them sing that song in their hearts. I have been privileged to teach and share music with over 700 students each week at CHIME K-8. Since I first started in 2006 (at the time there were less than 300 students on this campus), the music program has integrated itself into CHIME’s curriculum providing general music, violin, choir, guitar, and band, as well as collaborative concerts.
It is my vision to provide all children with a fun, safe, and rewarding environment in which to explore the many facets of music. The growing success of CHIME’s music program is evident by continued support and participation from staff, parents, and students. Together we are furthering the aims of CHIME to provide enriching experiences for all students in a safe and meaningful way.
~Kelly Callirgos (O’Brien)
CHIME Music Teacher
Studied music abroad in Ghana 2011
Member of Orff & Kodaly National and Regional Chapters
Attends music and education workshops regularly
Performs in various ensembles such as choir and wind ensemble
Is the President of the Kodaly Association of Southern California