The Kodaly Scholarship in Music is available for Residents of Alberta who have completed all or some post secondary training towards a B.Mus or B.Ed. Applicants are also considered for their intent to return to Alberta and benefit the community. She applied by filling out an application and submitting an essay. It took Bailey some time to think about the questions posed in the essay topic, but once she had a plan she just got down to writing. After that, she received a call to be interviewed for the scholarship.
I asked Bailey, “How did you feel when you found out you got it?”
She said, “I was definitely shocked; I didn’t think I would be considered for the scholarship”.
When she got a call back to be interviewed, she was so happy that they had even considered her for it. Then, when she found out she had received the scholarship she was overwhelmed and so thankful.The first person she told was her boyfriend and then her family.
She says, “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to go to Hungary and study.”
I asked her, “What do you think gave you a leading edge above the competition?”
Bailey thinks her essay helped her receive the scholarship because they read a section of it at the scholarship banquet. She also has a lot of experience working with kids, which probably also gave her a leg up on the competition.
I asked Bailey, “How has being dedicated to choir affected your life?”
Her response gave me a great idea of what being involved in the music community really means. She said, “Having the opportunity to be surrounded by other musicians, and people who share my love of music is wonderful. Over the years I have been able to sing with so many talented people. The community of choir is also great. Singing with the [Concordia] Concert Choir has been amazing. They are an amazing group of people and as corny as it sounds, they really do become your family.”
Bailey had been exposed to music at an early age, but she didn’t get really into it until she started taking guitar lessons with an amazing teacher. She was about 15 when she decided that she wanted to study music and pursue it as a career. She has sung in many different choirs, in her last year of high school she sang with the Elk Island Honors Choir, for various church choirs over the years, and of course, for the Concordia Concert Choir.
Her most prevalent musical inspiration is a previous guitar teacher. She explained that he was always so passionate and truly had a love of music. It was hard for her not to share his contagious love of music while she was around him. She says, “Having him as a teacher was amazing. I hope that one day I can encourage kids in their own musical journeys.”
Bailey Marler will be moving to Kacskemet in September of 2015 upon the completion of her undergraduate degree. She plans on studying in Hungary for a year and receiving her Diploma in Kodaly Music Education. Bailey has an incredible passion for music and will no doubt make an incredible teacher one day. This scholarship is an exciting opportunity, and shows that hard work really can pay off. On behalf of The Bolt staff, we wish her a safe journey and congratulate her on receiving this scholarship. She is a fantastic example of where you can go if you just seek out the incredible opportunities available to you.