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Mary Rose Coronel
Mary Rose R. Coronel finished her Bachelor of Music degrees (Piano and Music Education) at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music and obtained her Master of Arts degree with specialization in Music Education from Philippine Normal University. In 2012, she acquired certification in teaching the Kodaly Music Method from the Kodaly Society of the Philippines. She has been a member of the UST Conservatory of Music faculty since 2004, where she continues to teach Piano and Music Education courses. She is also currently the music coordinator of the High School Department of the Immaculate Conception Academy, Greenhills.
Veralyn D. Monte is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Music, Bachelor of Music, Major in Piano (1998), cum laude and BM Major in Music Education (2007). She is one of the board members of the Kodály Society of the Philippines and is a Musicianship Instructor in the society’s yearly Summer Certificate Course. Vera taught music using the Dalcroze Method at the Children’s Talent Education Center (CTEC) from 2003 to 2015. She was also a music teacher at the Immaculate Conception Academy from 2003 to 2016, wherein she handled the High School Glee Club which emerged as Champion at the Voices in Harmony, a National High School Choral Competition, in 2015. She has been invited to be a Musicianship Instructor in Philippine or Asian Suzuki Summer Camps by the Philippine Suzuki Association since 2007. She is now trying to complete her final course work in MA in Music Education with Emphasis in the Kodály Method at the Philippine Women’s University. In 2016, Vera transferred to Xavier School Nuvali and she is on her 3rd year as a music teacher there.
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Lilymae Franco Montano is a faculty at the Philippine Women’s University School of Music where she teaches Philippine Music, Global Music, and Kulintang. She finished her Master’s degree in Musicology in 2008 in the University of the Philippines where she also teaches Indonesian Gamelan and Kulintang.
She is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) wherein she presented papers about her research on musical traditions in Banaue, Ifugao for the Symposium of ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia in Singapore (2010) and Manila (2012). Her recent paper entitled “Memory of Death: The Embodiment of Revenge through a Dance Ritual in Ifugao, Philippines” was presented at the 2nd International Conference on Cordillera Studies ( 2017).
As a performer, she is a member of Asia Traditional Orchestra that performs each year in different cities in South Korea since 2009. She also plays kulintang under the tutelage of Prof. Aga Mayo Butocan and Japanese koto under sensei Nishijima. She is active in giving out lectures and workshops about Philippine Music. She has been one of the resource speaker in the 2nd Forum on ASEAN Traditional Music and Dance for Music Teachers held in Thailand 2013.
Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Music major in Ethnomusicology at the Philippine Women’s University where she is also the music director of Indayog Gong Ensemble since 2009, an active performing group that promotes Philippine Music in traditional and popular forms.
Jan Andre Garcia
Jan Andre is a graduating student taking up Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education with Percussion as emphasis in Philippine Women’s University. He is also a member of PWU Indayog Gong Ensemble since 2012 and currently serves as the vice-president of the performing group. He has participated in the group’s memorable performances in Ateneo de Manila, International School Manila, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Southeast Asia Music Education Exchange (SEAMEX) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.