About our Executive Director:
Jonathan C. Rappaport comes to Arts|Learning with a wealth of experience in the arts, education, grant writing, and community collaboration. In addition to his post with Arts|Learning, Jonathan is the co-founder of the Kodály Music Institute in Southborough, MA, where he also teaches courses in pedagogy, materials analysis, and conducting. Jonathan is the former musical director of Shir Joy, an adult community chorus in central Massachusetts.
Jonathan is the former Head of the Conservatory Lab Charter School (Brighton, MA) and the former Curriculum Liaison for the Arts of the Worcester (MA) Public Schools. He is a conductor, educator, composer, pianist, singer, author, and consultant for school systems. He has served as the choral director of numerous schools, children’s festival honor choirs, churches, synagogues, and community choral groups. He taught music at all grade levels in public schools in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Rappaport has published 18 choral works and 5 books, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Friend of Arts Education (MA Art Education Assn., 2014), the Visionary Leadership Award (Administrators in Music Education, 2012), the Distinguished Service and Lowell Mason Awards (MA Music Educators, 2007, 2004), the Irene Buck Service to Arts Education Award (MA Alliance for Arts Education, 2004) and the Moss Hart Theatre Award (New England Theatre Conference, 2000). He has taught music, trained teachers nationally, presented at national and state conferences in over a dozen states, and directed choruses for 40 years.
Jonathan Rappaport served on the panel that wrote the MA Arts Curriculum Framework (1999) and currently serves on numerous boards and committees, including co-chairing the Arts Education Advisory Council for the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Jonathan was appointed by MA Governor Deval Patrick to serve on a Commission to develop the Creative Challenge Index (2012), and served on the STEM plan committee which rewrote the revised MA STEM plan (2013).
Jonathan’s biography appears in past editions of the International Who’s Who in Music and Who’s Who in America. Graduate study has included work towards a PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (ABD), M.M. from New England Conservatory (with honors), and a Kodály Certificate from the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary