Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Conductor training in the United States: facts

Yes, it is restarting at Aquinas College
And it is for more conductor-teachers

Following the report on Conductive World a couple of weeks ago, and some questions raised on Facebook, the first firm information on this matter has been published.

This comes in a posting on Facebook by conductor Kasey Gray who serves as information person for ACENA. Her note refers to a posting on her own blog, which refers in turn to an article by Andrea Benyovszky in ACENA’s latest annual newsletter that Kasey edits. Kasey has also notified her blog posting on Twitter. The 2009 issue of the newsletter has now been mailed out to ACENA members but is yet to be published on line. Kasey can provide a hard copy by post on request.

There seems to have been some public uncertainty about the scale of the training operation at Aquinas. Kasey reports:

So far, 11 have 'qualified'. 1 more is student teaching and set to finish in the coming months, bringing the grand total of Aquinas/PETO trained conductors to 12. To my knowledge, there are 6 of us currently working as conductors.The Aquinas College/PETO training program will be reinstituted. Enrollment is open for Fall 2010. A minimum number of students must be met.

There is more detailed information provided on her blog:

After a hiatus on enrollment to the Conductive Education/Physically Impaired (POHI) training program, due to Michigan Department of Education changes in standards, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, is reinstituting the only Conductor Teacher training program in North America.The Conductive Learning Center (CLC) will be working closely with Aquinas to market and recruit students to the program. Graduates of this program will receive an elementary, K-grade 5 teacher certification, K-grade 12 physically impaired (POHI) endorsement, and a Peto certified Conductor-teacher certificate. Past graduates of the program are highly qualified in the field and have found employment very quickly upon graduation from the program.The requirements for the degree are:
  • 165 credit hours of classes (9 semesters)
  • 10 lab school hours/week sophomore through senior year
  • 1 semester student teaching (8 weeks general ed. and 8 weeks conductive ed.)
Contact Kasey for a hard copyof the newsletter:


Gray, K. (2009) ACENA Newsletter, American Conductor, 13 October

Two recent items on the Aquinas training


  1. Andrew,

    Please allow me to correct a couple of misunderstandings:

    1. I serve as Director of Membership for ACENA, not necessarily as "information person" as you say.

    2. I do not edit the ACENA newsletter. We have a Communications Team (who happen to be conductors) who have committed their time and energies to this project.

    3. This particular newsletter was mailed out not only to members, but to a "master mailing list" of the North American CE community. In the future, members only will receive the newsletter by mail.


  2. Thanks for further putting the record straight.