Musical Conexion is a bilingual educational enrichment program cultivating motor skills and cognitive development through music, as well as empathy and appreciation for cultural diversity. Cote Godoy, (Chile) and Kelsie Lee (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) are both educators and musicians, combining their experience with distinct pedagogical approaches in primary schools and early childhood establishments on both continents.
Musical Conexion Director:
José Manuel (¨Cote¨) Godoy, musician and educator, was born in Santiago de Chile, where, at 5 years old he began his journey with music. Cote has received national recognition for his songwriting and pioneered the community arts Open Microphone Movement in Santiago de Chile. He studied music development at the University of Humanities in Chile, as well as Waldorf pedagogy and therapeutic education. Sponsored by the Chilean Department of Education and Culture, Cote provided interdisciplinary clinics combining academia and arts to colleges and universities in the U.S.A. His work as coordinator of children’s music programs in the capital city and abroad has led to a deeper exploration and study of a variety of holistic pedagogical approaches. Additionally, as a professional Musician and Healing Artist for adults and children at NE Indiana's largest regional hospital, Cote knows first-hand the power of music in strengthening and healing. Cote believes that music is the language of possibility and brings a broad range of experience and a dedicated heart to working with children.
Musical Conexion Instructor:
Kelsie Lee is originally from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. An Eli Lilly Scholar, she received a Bachelor´s degree from Butler University and a Master´s degree in International Laws from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She has lived, worked and studied abroad in Greece, Spain, the Netherlands and Chile. She speaks Spanish and basic modern Greek. Kelsi has studied creative expression, languages and culture studies both formally and experientially. In South America, she taught at both elementary and and high school grade levels. She has served as Associate Faculty of Culture Studies and Spanish at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) and currently instructs online for college campuses state-wide with Ivy Tech. Kelsi is also a singer-songwriter and performer. Kelsi believes in the importance of accompanying all ages of cognitive learning with empathy and character development, bringing this conviction to her work with Musical Conexion.