2020-2021 Season

Meaningful Music Learning for Home, Hybrid and School: Maximizing Create, Respond and Connect (While Performing at Home)

August 5 Workshop with Nyssa Brown

We are very excited to welcome Nyssa Brown of Music Ed Forward whowill be doing a digital workshop in August on what our classrooms may look like this fall. If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch her webinar (http://musicedforward.com/webinars/fall2020 ), we highly recommend it. Nyssa has years of classroom experience and a great way of looking at how we teach to help us choose a path forward for our particular communities.

About the workshop from Nyssa:

“Should we be teaching the same thing this fall as we did in spring?  What do our kids need now?  How can we engage their hearts, minds, and musical skills?  This workshop will highlight flexible, meaningful learning that can be done in multiple learning environments.  Contextual, strengths-based learning as well as a focus on connection will be woven through the sample learning activities.  Come think creatively and flexibly as we prepare to welcome our students back to music learning!”

Nyssa Brown is an international music education consultant working with schools interested in transforming students, teachers and communities through music education.  With a speciality in curriculum design, conceptual learning and responsive facilitation, Nyssa empowers learners of all ages to build on their current knowledge and envision new possibilities. Nyssa has 16 years of experience in both the elementary and secondary music classrooms, as well as teaching and leadership experience at the team, school, district, state, national and international levels.  In the recent development of the National Core Arts Standards, Nyssa served as a Grade 3-5 sub-committee member. Ms. Brown served as Music Education Coordinator for Minnesota’s Perpich Center for Arts Education and coached teachers in over 100 school districts across the state of Minnesota. She was one of ten finalists for 2004 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and received a prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2004 from the Milken Family Foundation. Passionate about teaching in a global context, Nyssa taught at American School of the Hague in the Netherlands, The American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and in both Namibia and South Africa, through a fellowship offered by the Eastman School of Music’s Umculo: The Kimberley Project. Nyssa is a faculty member of the Kodály Levels Courses at Indiana University and the University of St. Thomas. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and Augsburg College. Nyssa also studied in Hungary at the Kodály Institute’s summer seminar. She released her first CD in October, 2000, “Packwood or Paradise.” Ms. Brown graduated from the Hartt School of Music and Hartford College for Women in 1998 with a BMus in Education and a BArts in Women’s Studies. She completed her Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas, 2008. Her Kodály certification was earned at Brigham Young University in 2001, and she has completed Levels 1 and 2 of her Orff training at University of St. Thomas.

AUGUST 5TH, 2020

November 21: Cocktails & Kodály

Here at NWKE, we have been really enjoying our informal “Coffee and Kodály” meetups this fall. These offer a great opportunity for professional connection and inspiration. This month, for all you night owls, our chat will be in the evening, so it’s “Cocktails and Kodály” instead! Join NWKE president Heidi McIlroy this Saturday evening (tomorrow), 11/21 at 8:30 PM. In this session, we’ll be talking about performance in this year of Covid. Come together and share ideas of ways to connect with families and show off what your kids are still learning in class. 

Come for as much or as little time as you can to get some new ideas and enjoy chatting with your local colleagues! Also feel free to bring your own topics of interest for conversation.
No need to pre-register or RSVP – just mark your calendars and save the Zoom link and password to access this informal conversation! We hope to see lots of you there!

January 16th: Cocktails & Kodály

2020 Kelly LarsonHoping to start the new year off right with your students? Save the date for our next Kodály and Cocktails: Cheers to a Joyful Second Semester!
January’s event will be hosted by NWKE Member-at-Large Kelly Larson on Saturday, January 16th, 8-9:30 PM.

Bring your own beverage, and come visit with other music educators to share ideas and to encourage one another. Our question for discussion is: How do you persist in finding joy in teaching and bringing joy to students in an online setting?

Come for as much or as little time as you can to get some new ideas and enjoy chatting with your local colleagues! Also feel free to bring your own topics of interest for conversation.

No need to pre-register or RSVP – just mark your calendars and save the Zoom link and password to access this informal conversation! We hope to see lots of you there!

Saturday, February 20th: Coffee & Kodály

This month, join NWKE President, Heidi McIlroy on Saturday, February 20th, 9:30AM-11:00AM to talk about Out of the Box ideas that have worked for teaching this year. Bring your cup of coffee or tea, unique ideas (if you have them!) and pick up something new to try this spring!

Come for as much or as little time as you can to get some new ideas and enjoy chatting with your local colleagues! Also feel free to bring your own topics of interest for conversation.

No need to pre-register or RSVP – just mark your calendars and save the Zoom link and password to access this informal conversation! We hope to see lots of you there!

March 4-6: OAKE Virtual Conference

OAKE 2021

Saturday March 13th: “Teaching with Truth”

2020 Truth teaching9:00AM-12:00 PM (Virtual via Zoom)
Our systems are built upon structures that were never designed to incorporate all into the fold. As educators rise to the call of embodying anti-racism in their practices, we must take a step towards understanding the foundations of a culturally-responsive model to grow our own understanding of how to truly teach all students.

Join educators Kaity Cassio Igari, Melyssa Stone, Ursula Sahagian Mills and Drew Olsen as they facilitate a training to begin an honest and reflective pedagogical conversation about embodying these principles in the music classroom.

Saturday May 22nd: Annual General Membership Meeting

9AM – 10AM, Video Conference
If you’re a member of OAKE, we’d like you to join us! We will be talking about board elections and our new diversity, equity and inclusion plan at this meeting. Non-Members are welcome to come observe the meeting.

(Video Conference Link)

You should also watch your mailbox for the NWKE board elections ballot!

This ballot will ONLY be sent to OAKE members, so be sure to double check that your membership hasn’t lapsed if you want to be able to vote.

NWKE Board Openings

Nominations are closed for elected positions, however, we also need a new treasurer! Treasurer is a position that is appointed by the president. If you’re interested in the position of treasurer, please fill out this application form: Treasurer Application

NWKE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

Over the course of the past year, NWKE has been hard at work devising an “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan”. The aim of this plan is to ensure equitable and inclusive decisions are made within the chapter. Each year this plan is open for review and revision and the current board can make changes as necessary. We hope this will positively impact and shape the future for the NWKE chapter and its members. Thank you all for your patience while we worked on this important task. And a big thank you to all of the NWKE Inclusion and Equity committee members as well as Ayva Thomas, who help consult along this journey.

We will be discussing this plan at our membership meeting tomorrow, but it’s also attached below so that you can read it before the meeting. We welcome feedback from our members: there is a form linked below that you can use to give us any feedback that you have on the plan.

Click here to read the NWKE DEI Action Plan

Are you passionate about equity and inclusion?

Creating the plan above is only the first step in moving NWKE in the right direction. We are looking for new people to help us apply these principles in our organization next year! You don’t even need to be an OAKE member: if you’re interested in helping out with diversity, equity and inclusion work with the NWKE board, please email nw.kodaly@gmail.com to let us know!

The NWKE board for 2020-21 was President Heidi Mcilroy, President-Elect Bryan Van Pelt, Secretary Elizabeth Anderson, and Treasurer Katie Lehman.

2019-2020 Season

Fall Workshop: “Hook, Line and Sinker: Catching the Attention of Older Learners in the Music Room”

Another school year is here and we are so excited to invite you to our first workshop of the 2019-2020 school year, featuring Amy Abbott! Many of you may know Amy from her blog “Music a la Abbott” or her many fabulous materials on Teachers Pay Teachers: we are so lucky to have her here on September 21! Mark your calendars: this will be a workshop you won’t want to miss.

Amy will be sharing her wisdom about engaging older students: In this session, she will focus on instructional strategies, pedagogical materials, and ways to build student rapport in order to gain and maintain the engagement rate of your upper elementary students. Song material, singing games, reading activities, pacing ideas, lesson structure and delivery, and building trust and relationships with your students are among many of the topics that will be addressed as ways to increase student participation, ownership, and joy in the music classroom.

Springbrook Elementary, Kent, WA (changed from Sartori Elementary, Renton)
September 21, 2019

October 5, 2019: NWKE Member Sharing and Make & Take

Adams Elementary, Spokane Valley, WA
Member sharing comes to Spokane Valley! (There is an Adams Elementary in both Spokane and Spokane Valley, so be sure to go to the address below!) If you are on the East side of the state, don’t miss this opportunity to hear some fabulous Kodaly wisdom from some of our own local members.

This workshop will feature some great games and songs for older grades, strategies for primary students, incorporating Kodaly concepts into choral settings, and a make-and-take beat chart you can use in many different ways!

NWKE Equity Book Study
Join us for a Book Study kick-off during the lunch break at either the workshop on October 5 in Spokane! NWKE is hosting a book study group to read and discuss Glenn Singleton’s “Courageous Conversations” book about addressing racial inequity in schools with bravery, passion, self-reflection, and knowledge. We’ll meet during the second half of the lunch hour and we welcome participants to eat their lunch during the presentation. During our time together on Saturday, we’ll outline our mission, logistics of the book study, and a little about the book itself. We look forward to learning and growing with you in this book study. Hope you can make it!

NWKE Member Sharing and Make & Take
Adams Elementary, Spokane Valley, WA | October 5, 2019
14707 E 8th Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99037

January 18, 2020: 8th Annual Choral Workshop

Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
Our annual choral workshop is on January 18th, at Seattle Pacific University. Register Here, or click the button below! Whether you are a choral specialist, an elementary teacher who also teaches choir, or a general music teacher who believes in the importance of singing, there will be something for you! You will not want to miss the great ideas that our presenters have to share.

We are excited to have several local educators sharing their choral wisdom and repertoire this year! Here are just a few of the great presenters you can look forward to hearing from: Kyra Rengstorf will be sharing ways to teach music literacy in the choral setting, Olivia Thronson will be sharing on teaching elementary choirs to sing in parts, Dayle Walters will be teaching on vocal health, and many more! Please join us in this great opportunity to learn choral teaching strategies and repertoire.

Want to save on registration costs? Sign up to volunteer with hospitality at the next workshop here:

Workshop Details:
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Seattle Pacific University
Nickerson Studios
340 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98119

This year the choral workshop took place on January 18th, at Seattle Pacific University. There were many different local presenters providing their resources and strategies for creating a successful Kodaly inspired music environment in the choral classroom. Topics included vocal health, sight-singing activities, and incorporating musicianship skills building into learning choral octavos.

March 5-8, 2020: OAKE National Conference, Portland, OR

The OAKE National Conference is coming to Portland in 2020! Below you’ll find important information regarding the conference. In the coming months, NWKE will share possible hotel and carpooling information. See you there!

What: OAKE National Conference
When: March 5th-8th, 2020
Where: Portland Hilton Hotel

April 25, 2020: Introduction to Kodály Methodology

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we had to cancel this event. Please look for this workshop next year and feel free to email nw.kodaly@gmail.com with any questions.

The NWKE board for 2019-20

was President Heidi Mcilroy, Past-President Melissa Headrick, Secretary Elizabeth Anderson, Treasurer Katie Lehman (who took over mid-season for Kevin Proudfoot), and Membership Chair Margaret Brinkerhoff. 

2018-2019 Season

September 15: First, We Sing! With Susan Brumfield

Looking for new songs to add to your repertoire, and new ways to teach familiar favorites? Join us for a fast-paced, fun day of children’s songs, rhymes and games from around the world, selected, transcribed and annotated by Dr. Susan Brumfield. In this session, we will explore teaching activities, singing games and new ways to incorporate these songs into a Kodály-inspired, literacy-based curriculum. Kick off the school year with joyful singing and playing, and inspiring ideas you can use right away. See you in September!

Gilbert de Greeve Performance September 22

Belgian pianist and past-president of the International Kodály Society, Gilbert de Greeve, is giving a performance at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 22 at Mercer Music Hall in Bellevue. This performance is free, although it is recommended you call to RSVP ahead of time.

NWKE Member Sharing and Make & Take

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 9:00AM-3:00PM
Northwest University, Kirkland, WA

Pre-register by 9am Friday 11/2, for this highly anticipated workshop!

Back by demand, it’s the NWKE Member Sharing Workshop! This has always been and continues to be a great way to rejuvenate your teaching with great material and time spent with other music educators. We will have many different local presenters sharing their resources and strategies for creating a successful Kodály-inspired classroom. Also, we will have our always popular “Make & Take” craft session where we will make a useful item for your classroom! This is our LOWEST PRICED workshop of the year. You won’t want to miss it!

The presenters are all preparing and eager to share their information with you this coming weekend. This year will feature sessions for: Lower Elementary Movement, Upper Elementary, Special Education, Group Composition, Dance and Inclusive Language and Practices in the Music Classroom.

Don’t forget to bring your crafting skills and creativity. We have scheduled in some “breaks” for networking with other music education professionals while making a darling pop-up puppet that you and your students will love!

Finally, we are honored to provide time for NWKE Historian (and OAKE Treasurer) Chris Stroh to walk us down memory lane as NWKE celebrates its 25th Anniversary while we all eat some celebratory cake!

This is our lowest priced workshop of the year. You won’t want to miss it!

The bridge to Somewhere: Teaching Musicianship Skills Through Choral Repertoire

with Dr. Angie Broeker

Friday, January 18, 2018 | 6:00PM-9:00PM
Saturday, January 19, 2018 | 9:00AM-3:00PM
Co-Hosted by WA-ACDA | Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

Though many of us spend time teaching sight-singing at the beginning of our choir rehearsals, choristers are not always able to see how the skills they build during this time impact the learning of their choral repertoire. In this session, the musical material in choral octavos will serve as the basis for music reading activities. We’ll extract this material from the score (“the way in”) and present it in a way that simultaneously builds reading skills and prepares repertoire for concert or worship.

Dr. Marisol Berríos-Miranda and Juliana Cantarelli Vita

Saturday, March 2, 2019 9:00-3:00
Sartori STEM Elementary School
(Relocated from Campbell Hill Elementary School, Seattle)

A part of the Mission and Vision for NWKE is:
To apply the Kodály concept to the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural musical heritage of the Pacific Northwest being mindful of Kodály’s vision that “music belongs to everyone”

We are very excited to learn from two local music educators and culture-bearers about the music of their cultures.

Dr. Marisol Berríos-Miranda is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. She has a PhD in ethnomusicology, but her first education came from a childhood in her native Puerto Rico, where she was soaked in music. “I studied music academically, but the way I learned music – who sings well, what had a good rhythm – was sitting down and listening with my dad.” She also credits her mother, Juanita Miranda-Berrios. “She is the encyclopedia. She knows everything about Latin rhythm and dance.”

As co-curator of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit American Sabor, Marisol developed, in collaboration with Shannon Dudley and Michelle Habell-Pallán, a classroom curriculum, educator resources, and guided listening programs. The exhibit highlights the contributions of Latinos to popular music in the United States since World War II.

“One of my purposes is to share the joy and happiness of music and dancing,” says Marisol. “This is my way to free the creative impulses in our children, so they have such intense joy in the learning and doing.” Quoting Nietzsche, she says, “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

Juliana Cantarelli Vita is a PhD student at University of Washington and an elementary general music teacher in Seattle, WA. She earned her master’s degree in music at West Virginia University, where she worked as a lecturer upon graduation. Born and raised in Brazil, Juliana taught pre-K through Grade 6 general music for three years. She has successfully completed three levels of Orff Schulwerk teacher education (Eastman School of Music; San Francisco International School) and level one of the Kodály Levels Program (Seattle, WA). Juliana was a guest artist and lecturer at the Smithsonian Folkways Certificate Course in World Music Pedagogy in 2015 and 2017. As a researcher and practitioner, Juliana has presented numerous papers and workshops on Northeast Brazilian, Community Music, and World Music Pedagogy at state, national, and international conferences.

Juliana also presented during the Fall 2017 NWKE Member Sharing Workshop. She was so impressive that we are thrilled to have her back for a more extended presentation time.

NWKE Annual Membership Meeting

When you register for the workshop as an NWKE member, you are also purchasing a boxed lunch for Saturday. In alignment with our bylaws, we will hold our Annual Membership Meeting during the lunch break. There will be a Financial Update, Call for Nominations for Open Board positions and time for feedback from membership for the board.

OAKE National Conference

3rd Annual Intro to Kodály Methodology

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Pre-registration closes soon for our April 28 Intro to Kodály workshop! Three past-presidents of NWKE, Lucinda Dalrymple, Kelly Foster Griffin, and Megan Oberfield will share songs, games, and pedagogical techniques in this introductory workshop featuring a live demo class. This workshop is a great way to learn about Kodály methodology if you are thinking about taking a levels course this summer. Pre-register now for the lowest rate!

June Elections

Each year, NWKE members get the opportunity to vote for the members that they believe would do the best job filling various important rolls on the NWKE Board of Directors. This year, we have three Board positions open: Secretary (two-year term) and two Member-at-Large (one-year term) positions. We are thrilled to have so many wonderful candidates and hope you will take the time read their descriptions and voice your opinion to help shape the 2019-2020 NWKE Board.

If you are an NWKE member, you should have received a ballot early this morning (Wednesday June 12, 2019) in your e-mail. If you did not receive a ballot, please check and make sure your membership and e-mail information is up-to-date at oake.org.

Meet the Candidates: Secretary

Elizabeth Anderson
I currently teach K-6 music in the Edmonds School District, and I have been serving on the NWKE board as the clock hours committee chair since January 2019. I’m excited to be running for secretary and for the opportunity to do more to support Kodaly-inspired teaching in the Puget Sound!

Meet the Candidates: Member-at-Large

Margaret Brinkerhoff
I teach elementary music in the Issaquah School District, and plan to complete my Level III Kodály certification this summer in Seattle. I hope to contribute my energy, organizational skills, and passion for the Kodály method to our local chapter. I am looking forward to learning, getting more involved, and helping to promote all the great work that NWKE does. Thank you for the opportunity to serve NWKE!

Shelby Leyland
I’m honored to accept this nomination for member-at-large! I currently serve as Member-at Large on the NWKE board and am energized by our work to help NWKE reach music educators across our chapter. I am proud of our chapter’s excellent educator PD opportunities, and involved teacher community. I feel like our chapter has immense potential and I look forward to being a part of its continued growth.
I teach at Lowell Elementary School in Seattle where I serve on the Building Leadership Team as well as co-lead both our Racial Equity Team and Arts Team. I serve on two district committees and actively contribute to the health and strength of my community. I’m looking forward to future years with NWKE. Thank you for your consideration!

Bryan Van Pelt
As someone who’s professional practice has been transformed through the Kodály Levels Program of Seattle, as well as numerous NWKE workshops, I am thrilled to be nominated for a Member-at-Large position. I believe I can positively influence and effectively work towards making NWKE an even better organization.

In my current teaching position, I serve on both the faculty Leadership Team as well as advising the Student Leadership Team. At the beginning of the 2019 school year I will hold a Masters in Education in Teacher Leadership from Seattle Pacific University. My experiences with Kodály combined with my professional leadership roles and education would make me an effective board member. Promoting workshops to fellow music educators, setting up and taking down workshops, and attending monthly meetings are all responsibilities I would do effectively and eagerly.

I welcome the chance to work with Northwest Kodály Educators in the near future.

Kayla Johnson
During my undergraduate and graduate studies at WSU, I served on multiple boards and held various leadership positions including being Treasurer of SNATS, Treasurer of Mu Phi Epsilon, President of Mu Phi Epsilon, and President of the WSU Concert Choir for three years. I consider myself to be a very organized person and I enjoy participating in organizations and providing support in any way that I can. I would love to be of service to NWKE and work with other committed educators.

The NWKE Board for 2018-19 was President Melissa Headrick, President-Elect Heidi McIlroy, Secretary Elizabeth Anderson (who took over mid-term when Ursula Slover Resigned), Treasurer Kevin Proudfoot, Membership Chair Shelby Leyland, and Clock Hours Chair Liz Aplin. Kassey Castro and Kaity Igari were both Members at Large on the board, but resigned before completing their term.

2017-2018 Season

Fall Sharing 2017

Come join us for a fun-filled day of learning new games and songs for your elementary and general music classroom! Members from our organization will share their favorite musical activities and strategies for you to bring back to your students. Part of the afternoon will be devoted to a “Make & Take” session–a unique craft that will be useful for you and your students. We hope you can join us to kick off the 2017-2018 school year! Register in advance below in order to save on our already-low prices.

Pre-registration prices: $20 members, $25 non-members, $5 student (pre-service undergrad only)
Walk-in prices: $30 members, $35 non-members, $15 student (pre-service undergrad only)

Fall Sharing Schedule

NKE is now NWKE! Different acronym — same Northwest Kodaly.

Seeing Yourself in the Music

Global Traditions with Melyssa Stone and Choir Favorites with Sarra Sharif

January 12-13, 2018 Friday 6pm-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm
6th Annual WA-ACDA/NWKE Choral Workshop
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

The verdict is in, and students are more engaged when they can connect to the music that they’re singing. Please join us for our 6th Annual joint workshop between NWKE and WA-ACDA with powerhouse clinicians, Sarra Sharif and Melyssa Stone.

Sarra will spend Friday evening taking us through the paces with balanced choral warm-ups, tried and true musicianship activities and then leading a reading session of some of her favorite middle-school-chorister favorites. On Saturday, Melyssa will be focusing on music from around the world, specifically designed to help your students from out-of-US heritage connect to the music while helping your born-and-bred-US choristers learn about other cultures and music all at the same time. She will also be infusing various musicianship building, brain break and choral activities throughout the day.

If you teach elementary or middle school choir, this is a can’t-miss workshop for you! Walk away with 19 new octavos, ideas to start using immediately with your choir and a revitalized spirit to keep doing the amazing work that you do. Clock hours will be available.

January 12 & 13, 2018; 6:00 pm to 9:00pm and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Seattle Pacific University; Nickerson Studios; 304 Nickerson St.

Register now at Brown Paper Tickets!

Walk-in prices (pre-register to get a lower price)
Both days: $105 ($85 for members)
Saturday only: $90 ($70 for members)
Friday only: $45 ($35 for members)
Students $15 (full-time pre-service students only)

Thanks to everyone who came out to Seattle Pacific University over Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend to participate in our 6th Annual joint workshop with WA-ACDA. Everyone in attendance had a great time in which they sang, moved, learned, played and had really wonderful and important conversations about music and choral education. In addition we all walked away feeling just a little bit more joyful!

Thank you to our WA-ACDA representatives Darcy Morrissey and Drew Olsen for their help in creating this successful workshop. And a large THANK YOU goes out to both of our amazing clinicians, Sarra Sharif and Melyssa Stone. Thank you for sharing your passion, wisdom, music, humor, tools, tricks and hearts with all of us!

We hope that you can join us for one or both of our last two workshops for this school year!

January 23: Election Announcement

The 2019-2021 President of
Northwest Kodály Educators is:
Heidi McIlroy!

Thank you to all of the Northwest Kodály Members that participated in our president-elect election. We had the highest percentage of NWKE membership participation in an election ever! We are so thrilled that so many of you took a moment to vote and have your voice heard!

Heidi McIlroy will be the next president of NWKE serving as President-Elect 2018-2019, President 2019-2021 and Past-President 2021-2022. Heidi is so excited to be your next president and is eager to begin serving our chapter in her new role!

While the next president has now been decided, there will be will be some other openings on the NWKE Board for the 2018-2019 school year. Are you interested in being a part of the NWKE board, curious about what positions will be open or simply want to know more about what that commitment would look like? Contact us with your questions at nw.kodaly@gmail.com

Northwest Kodály Educators is looking for it’s next Treasurer
NWKE Treasurer 2018-2020

February 3rd: Next Treasurer Search

Our current Treasurer, Chris Stroh, will be leaving his position on our board to serve at the OAKE Treasurer.

As per NWKE bylaws guidelines, Melissa Headrick (NWKE President) and Heidi McIlroy (NWKE President-Elect) will be appointing the next NWKE Treasurer in the next two weeks, ahead of our 2018-2019 Board Elections. This year, we will be electing the two Member-At-Large board positions. That election will be held at our March 3, 2018 workshop.

Skills/assets needed for NWKE Treasurer are: OAKE membership, ability to balance a check book, meet deadlines, attend all monthly meetings/workshops (roughly one event per month) and serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2018-2020.

If interested, please fill out the application found here by Saturday February 10, 2018 at 5pm. All applicants will be informed of the results by Tuesday February 13, 2018.

We are Musicians. Let’s Sing, Play, Move, Create and Think!

March 3, 2018 Saturday 9am-3pm
With Maree Hennessey
Northwest University, Kirkland, WA

  • Songs, games, repertoire and activities to develop holistic musicianship and whole musicians –for elementary and middle school music educators.
  • Learn tips and tricks to encourage musical thinking, creativity and higher order thinking.
  • Learn new songs and games (and a new twist on some old favorites) – including material from Australia!

The NWKE Spring Membership will be during lunch. Box lunches from NU will be available for pre-purchase.

Live in Eastern Washington? Spokane Area Youth Choirs are hosting an Intro to Kodály workshop on March 3, with clinician Anne Mileski.

3rd Annual Introduction to Kodaly Methodology

April 28, 2018 Saturday 9am-3pm
Kelly Foster Griffin, Lucinda Dalrymple,and Megan Oberfield
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Interested in learning more about the Kodály approach? We have three amazing past-presidents of Northwest Kodály Educators: Lucinda Dalrymple (also current Western Division President of OAKE), Kelly Foster Griffin (also Past-President of OAKE) and Megan Oberfield lined up to share fun songs, games, activities and pedagogical techniques that are sure to inspire magic in your classroom as we approach the end of the school year.

 There will also be a LIVE student demonstration where you can watch an expert teachers implement their material in real life situations.  Make sure you save the date for this wonderful day of music making and joy in late spring.

Special Reduced Registration is $25 in advance, or $35 the day of the workshop. If you are a pre-service student who is not yet a certificated teacher, you can attend for free with a student ID and NWKE student membership (free).

Check our Website for more information: http://www.nwkodaly.org
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NWKE Summer Scholarship Recipients 2018

Thank you to all who applied for our Summer Levels scholarship! Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

Kassey Castro
Keiko Espiau
Elyse Evans Kircher
Drew Olsen

The NWKE Board for 2017-18

President Melissa Headrick, Past-President Alina Gibitz Stroh, Secretary Ursula Slover, treasurer Chris Stroh, and Membership Chair Liz Aplin. Yuh-Pey Lin and Melanie Shaw also served on the board.

2016-2017 Season

Member Fall Sharing 2016

Back by popular demand, it’s Member Fall Sharing!!   This has always been and continues to be a great way to kick of the year with great material.  We will have presenters from all over the Puget Sound Area.  Also, we will have a “Make & Take” craft session where we will make a useful item for your classroom! This is our LOWEST PRICED workshop of the year.  You won’t want to miss it!

Would you like to share?  We are looking for all kinds of presenters: share a simple song or dance that you find useful in your classroom, share your favorite practice activities, or share something else that it helpful to you! No need to reinvent the wheel when we can learn from each other! Email our President, Melissa Headrick, if you would like to share a song, game, or idea. (Presenters get half-off their price!)

Member Fall Sharing & Make ‘N Take
September 24th, 9am – 3pm
Millennium Elementary, Kent School District
11919 SE 270th St., Kent, WA 98030

Pre-Register Rates:  $20 for Member, $25 for Non-member, $5 for Student
Walk-in Rates: $30 for Member, $35 for Non-Member, $15 for Student
Five WMEA Clock Hours available. Clock hours are free for WMEA members.

Wendy Zieve: Music for Special Education Students

wendy-zieveMusic educators need tools to help them meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles and ranges of ability. This workshop will cover techniques and curriculum in adapted music education as well as current research in music therapy as a related service to meet IEP objectives. Music will be presented as a tool to achieve non-musical goals as well as an important part of arts education.Wendy Zieve has a masters degree in Expressive Therapies, a bachelors degree in Music Therapy and certificates to teach elementary education and music education. She has a private practice in which she sees private clients with disabilities, visits group homes, respite care facilities, parks, daycamps and nursing homes.

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9am – 4pm
Woodmoor Elementary School
12225 NE 160th Street
Bothell, WA 98011

Pre-Register Rates: $50 for members, $70 for non-members, $5 for students
Walk-In Rates: $70 for members, $90 for non-members, $10 for students
Six (6) WMEA clock hours available. Clock hours are free to WMEA members.

5th Annual WA-ACDA/NKE Choral Workshop:
American Folk Music for Young Choirs

Friday evening: choral conducting master class
with Darcy Morrissey and Andrew Seifert

andrewSeifertOn January 14 and 15, NKE, WA-ACDA, and 35 attendees kicked off the new year with an in-depth study, “American Folksongs Arrangements for Elementary Choirs,” guided by Dr. Andrew Seifert and Darcy Morrissey.  We are delighted to announce that this was the 5th Annual Elementary Workshop and we look forward to continuing the tradition!

On Friday night we held a Conducting Lab where we explored conducting techniques through singing/conducting Harmonia Mundi and examined how we can challenge ourselves and our choristers through more intentional, parsimonious and clear gestures through differentiated levels.  Then, attendees worked in small groups, conducting two versions of All the Pretty Little Horses.  Finally, many brave volunteers got up and conducted the group. It always amazes me that the generosity of spirit and joy in learning at this workshop is always the primary undercurrent.  This atmosphere allows for candid feedback and camaraderie, no matter where the conductor is in their experience and skill level- what a terrific group of colleagues.
On Saturday morning, we worked through activities and warm-ups that prepare choristers for part-singing development and independence, followed by a reading session of 20 American Folksong Arrangements. Unique to this packet, we explored octavos that shared the same folk song, but arranged in different ways which was a wonderful way to identify the many compositional devices that are employed for this level of repertoire and to unravel why or why not one arrangement would work better for certain groups.
We were delighted to feature Dr. Andrew Seifert, a local arranger and composer with an extensive background in choral conducting and pedagogy for young choristers.  Andrew led us in singing four of his delightful arrangements (Bow Belinda, Deta Deta, Scrapin’ Up Sand, The Bluebird Song) commissioned for the 1st & 2nd grade choirs of Bellevue Youth Choirs.  Darcy Morrissey also led the group in her arrangement of Bright Mornin’ Stars driving the point home that YES, even a non-arranger can create a piece by matching the compositional devices to the capabilities of your choristers! Essentially- we should all be brave and give arranging a try!
Next, Andrew did the BIG reveal: we sang through our commissioned arrangement, especially created for WA-ACDA & NKE titled: Chika-lai-lee-o featuring Eyes of Blue.  Not only is it a delightful arrangement but, it is a cappella, which is a rare and wonderful occurrence in children’s choir repertoire.  All attendees got to take this piece home and have permission to use it immediately with their choirs (up to 100 copies!)
Finally, Darcy walked through a list of pedagogically sequenced steps to Part-Singing, including the compositional devices that require these skills.  These, along with Andrew’s many insightful suggestions ranging from story telling through the arrangement to engraving rules to what makes a successful arrangement were the foundation for the Arranging Workshop led by Dr. Seifert.  The attendees were grouped into 4s and given a simple folk song to arrange. The results were beyond our expectations and sparked a great sense of achievement and creativity.
Darcy MorrisseyWe do have extra octavo packets! If you would like to purchase one for $20.00, please contact Darcy Morrissey.
Contact Andrew Seifert: aseifert6@gmail.com directly if you would like to peruse or purchase any of his arrangements or if you would like to commission him for your group or school district. [Writeup by Darcy Morrissey from waacda.org]

Friday, January 13th: 6pm-9pm
Saturday, January 14th: 9am-4pm
SPU Crawford Hall, Seattle
Clock hours available

Walk-in prices (pre-register to get a lower price)
Both days: $105 ($85 for members)
Saturday only: $90 ($70 for members)
Friday only: $45 ($35 for members)
Students $15 (full-time pre-service students only)

March Workshop: Assessment & Tech w/ Ms. Miracle

Assessment and Technology in the Music Classroom

Saturday March 4th: 9am – 4pm*
Northwest University; Kirkland, WA
Lunch provided for NKE members!

aileens_headshot-225x300Using singing games, manipulatives, and musical activities, attendees will explore various ways to nurture students’ musical growth through assessment. This workshop will include formative and summative assessment strategies, with ideas for integrating technology to create and implement those assessments.  Centers in the music classroom will also be explored, showing how both assessment and technology can be integrated into this lesson model. Additionally, teachers will learn about how to save time with technology, and will walk away from the workshop with ideas that will work–whether their classrooms have access to one iPhone or 25 iPads!

Aileen Miracle teaches general music in the Olentangy Local School District in Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 1999, and her Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis from Capital University in 2003.  Aileen serves as Past President of the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, serves on the Technology Task Force for the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and was the National Program Chair for the 2015 OAKE conference. In 2016, she was awarded Cheshire Elementary’s “Teacher of the Year.” She has taught Methodology and Folk Song Research for the Kodály Programs at Colorado State University and DePaul University, and presents workshops across the nation.

*We will be holding our Annual Spring Membership Meeting from 12:00-1:00 during lunch. Lunch will be provided (included) for NKE Members. Non-members & students that would like to attend the meeting can purchase a lunch for $10 when registering.

Northwest University
5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033

Walk-in prices (for those that don’t pre-register)
Members: $65 (limited box lunches available)
Non-Members: $80
Students: $20

April workshop: Introduction to Kodály Methodology

There will be LIVE STUDENT CLASSROOM DEMONSTRATIONS as part of this workshop


We have three amazing past-presidents of Northwest Kodály Educators: Lucinda Dalrymple (also current Western Division President of OAKE), Kelly Foster Griffin (also Past-President of OAKE) and Megan Oberfield lined up to share fun songs, games, activities and pedagogical techniques that are sure to inspire magic in your classroom as we approach the end of the school year.  There will also be a LIVE student demonstration where you can watch expert teachers implement their material in real life situations.  Make sure you save the date for this wonderful day of music making and joy in late spring.Special Reduced Registration is $25 in advance, or $35 the day of the workshop. You can pre-register by clicking here, up to 24 hours before the workshop. If you are a pre-service student who is not yet a certificated teacher, you can attend for free with a student ID and NKE student membership (free).

Saturday April 29, 2017: 9am-3pm
Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Room 322
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447

Commemorative Kodály Concert w/ Gilbert de Greeve

A commemorative concert marking the 135th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály’s birth and the 50th anniversary of his death, with a piano recital given by Gilbert de Greeve

Gilbert DeGreeve

Belgian pianist Gilbert De Greeve, Director Emeritus of the State Music Academy of Antwerp and Professor Emeritus of the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, presents works of Zoltán Kodály, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Piano works will include: Méditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy, Seven Pieces Opus 11 and Marosszéki Táncok by Zoltán Kodály; Impromptu Opus 90 no 1, Impromptu Opus 90 no 3 and Impromptu Opus 142 no 3 by Franz Schubert and The Children Scenes Opus 15 by Robert Schumann.

Friday, July 7, 2017, 7:30 PM
Haller Lake United Methodist Church
13055 1st Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125

The NKE board for 2016-2017 was Melissa Headrick, President; Alina Gibitz-Stroh, Past-president; Chris Stroh, Treasurer; David Ferguson, Secretary; Ursula Slover, Member-at-large. Kelly Foster Griffin organized the Introductory workshop and the De Greeve concert.

2015-2016 Season

Kodaly & Orff Schulwerk: Stronger Together
with Andrew Ellingsen

Andrew Ellingsen
Music educators often feel pressured to choose between Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly. Why choose when you can have both?  This workshop will highlight how these two active music-making approaches can not only co-exist in the music classroom but can strengthen one another.  Attendees will participate in a variety of activities in which Orff and Kodaly philosophies intertwine to create musically meaningful experiences for students.

Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music at John Cline Elementary and General Music Methods at Luther College in Decorah, IA.  He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk.  He has served on the OAKE national board, is a Past President of both the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America and the Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, and was on the board for Minnesota Orff.  Ellingsen also teaches in the Orff Courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and in Memphis and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015: 9am-4pm
Location: Carl Sandburg Elementary: 12801 84th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
Registration: http://orffandkodaly.brownpapertickets.com
Clock Hours: 6 clock hours will be available for attendees.

January 2016 ACDA/NKE Workshop:
“Great Music Set to Great Poetry for Children’s Choirs”

Friday, January 15th, 6pm-9pm
Saturday, January 16th, 9am – 4pm

MuehleisenJudith HerringtonOn MLK weekend (Friday/Saturday January 15/16) we have our annual combined workshop with the American Choral Directors Association! This can’t-miss event will be in the Crawford Music Building at Seattle Pacific University. This year our theme will be “Great Music Set to Great Poetry for Children’s Choirs.” The reading packet will include children’s choral pieces that incorporate great poetry. Presenters will include incredible northwest composers Judith Herrington and John Muehleisen. We have the privilege of having a piece commissioned by Judith Herrington and premiered at this workshop.
Pre-registration is available.

Seattle Pacific University,
Crawford Music Building, Rm 211
3214 Fourth Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119
Pre-register rates:
2-day:$70 for NKE or ACDA members; $100 for non-members
Friday only: $25 for NKE/ACDA members; $35 non-members
Saturday only: $50 for NKE/ACDA members; $70 non-members
Students: $5 for each day
Walk-in rates:
2-day: $90 for NKE/ACDA members, $120 for non-members
Friday only: $35 for NKE/ACDA members; $45 non-members
Saturday only: $60 for NKE/ACDA members; $80 non-members
Students: $10 for both.

Mid-Winter Workshop Weekend: March 4-5
Upper Elementary Lesson Activities with Christopher Roberts
And Chapter Sharing with the Northwest Kodaly Board and Members

Location: Seahurst Elementary SchoolRoberts - 2015 formal copy
14603 14th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166

Pre-registration is available.

Are you struggling with those 5th Graders?  Do you have  a 6th grade class who curl their lip at anything you toss at them? Upper Elementary general music classes can be our most challenging classes, but they also have the potential to be the most rewarding.  Don’t suffer alone! Our resident Kodaly expert, Dr. Christopher Roberts will share games and strategies for this unique age group!

On Friday evening, March 4th, we’ll have a Mid-Winter Sharing from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This sharing will consist of many short presentations from our board and members, maybe even you

Then on the following day, Saturday, March 5th, Seattle’s own music education all-star Christopher Roberts will host a workshop focusing on songs & strategies to engage 4th, 5th, and 6th grade kids in music class. If you’ve never been to one of Christopher’s classes or workshops, you won’t want to miss this! Be prepared to take away many great lesson activities and ideas from this fantastic workshop weekend.

Friday, March 4th, 6pm-9pm
Saturday, March 5th, 9am – 4pm

Pre-register rates:
2-day:$65 for NKE members; $95 for non-members
Friday only: $20 for NKE members; $30 non-members
Saturday only: $50 for NKE members; $70 non-members
Students: $5 for both days

Walk-in rates:
2-day: $85 for NKE members, $115 for non-members
Friday only: $30 for NKE members; $40 non-members
Saturday only: $60 for NKE members; $80 non-members
Students: $10 for both days.

Have you shared with us lately?
If you have never shared at a Sharing event, you can! This sharing will be a breeze for presenters; time slots are flexible, so you can share one great idea or go more in depth on a few ideas.
We really want to hear from our newer members and veterans alike.
Contact NKE Treasurer Chris Stroh for more information.

presidentsIntroduction to the Kodaly Approach for Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Teachers:
Ideas and techniques that you can begin to use immediately

Are you just starting out in the Kodaly method?  Need some help getting started?  This workshop would be a great fit!
Come learn more about the internationally famous Kodaly Music Education Methodology from three local powerhouse music teachers: Lucinda Dalrymple (Western Division president-elect of OAKE); Kelly Foster Griffin (Immediate past-president of OAKE) and Megan Oberfield (past-president of Northwest Kodaly Educators.) It is sure to be a morning of joyful music making in which you will learn ideas and techniques that you can begin to use immediately in your own classroom.
Pre-registration (by March 24th): $25 (for members or non-members)
Day-of registration: $30 (for members or non-members)
University Students (With ID) Free
For Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Music Teachers: 
Ideas and techniques that you can begin to use immediately
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time9:00 AM1:00 PM
Location: Mary Baker Russell Music Center Room 322
Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue S. Tacoma, WA 98447

Can you help spread the word? Download and share this flyer:

March 2016 flyer

Alina Gibitz Stroh2015-2016 Board members: Alina Gibitz Stroh, President; Chris Stroh, Treasurer; David Ferguson, Secretary; Melyssa Stone, Technology Chari; Robyn Clapper, Membership Chair; Melissa Headrick, Member-at-large.

2014-2015 Season

October 2014: Fall Sharing

Come join your fellow elementary music teachers for our annual Fall Sharing Event!!  Northwest Kodaly members from all over Puget Sound will be presenting their ideas and tricks for a successful music program!  Come sharpen up your teaching skills and collaborate with fellow music teachers, its always a popular event.  Topics include: “Joy of Part Singing,” “Music Classroom and Common Core,”  “Integrating Popular Music in Choir Class,” and so much more!  The workshop will also feature a “Make-and-Take” where we will make a class set of beat-keeping icons–A useful tool for many!


Presenters include Kelly Foster Griffin, Melissa Headrick, and Shawna Locey.

Want to get a discount next time?  We’re always looking for PRESENTERS and ADJUNCT BOARD MEMBERS! Let a board member know at a workshop or email the president, Alina Stroh.

Saturday, October 4th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Meridian Park Elementary, Shoreline, WA

Pre-registration: $35 for members, $45 for non-members, $10 for students
Walk-in admission: $45 for members, $55 for non-members, $10 for students

Teachers as Ethnographers: Applying your experiences in the classroom

Need more multi-cultural music? Look no further! Dr. Ramona Holmes, Professor of Music and Director of Music Education at Seattle Pacific University, will be presenting to head up our November Workshop. Come learn practical ways you can incorporate authentic multi-cultural music in the classroom.

unnamed(2)Dr. Holmes’ work combines her research in music education and ethnomusicology. She has prepared music education curriculum and materials from many field work experiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. She has focused in depth on the variety of string music found around the world and techniques to perform these repertoires authentically in school music contexts. At Seattle Pacific, she also directs Gamelan.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Seattle Pacific University
Crawford Music Building, RM 211 (Choir Room)
3214 Fourth Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119

Pre-registration prices: $55 for members, $75 for non-members, $10 for students
Walk-in admission: $65 for members, $85 for non-members, $10 for students
SPU students get in free with student ID; pre-register to reserve a spot

January 2015: A Cappella Octavos and Engaging Learners (even boys)!

ACDA/NKE Joint Choral Workshop with Patricia Bourne & Nadia Tarnawski

patricia-bourneCome sing through and take home some of the finest a cappella music for ensembles of all ages with Dr. Patricia Bourne! Dr. Bourne currently serves on the Music Education faculty at Western Washington University, and is the author of Inside the Classroom: Teaching the Art with Heart and Inside the Elementary Chorus: Instructional Techniques for the Non-Select Children’s Choir. Come ready to sing!

TarnawskyNadia-200x200Nadia Tarnawski is presenting a cappella folk choral music from Ukraine on Friday night January 16. This gifted choral clinician will give hardcopy authentic, Ukranian treble choir arrangements ranging from unison to 4 part harmony (Elementary through HS choral directors should attend!) She will also teach the unique singing style and technique of Ukrainian folk choral music. For more information on Ms. Tarnawski, visit her web site.

Click here to see more pictures from this workshop on Flickr.
Check out the video below from this workshop.

Friday, January 16, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 17th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Meridian Park Elementary, Shoreline WA

Pre-registration for both days: $70 for members, $110 for non-members, $10 for students
Walk-in admission for both days: $90 for members, $130 for non-members, $10 for students

One day only admission pre-registration options:
Just Friday: $25 for members, $45 for non-members, FREE for students
Just Saturday: $50 for members, $70 for non-members, $10 for students

One day only Walk-in options:
Just Friday: $35 for members, $55 for non-members, $10 for students
Just Saturday: $60 for members, $80 for non-members, $10 for students

April 2015: Our Youngest Singers with Dr. Leigh Ann Garner

Leigh Ann GarnerDr. Leigh Ann Garner teaches elementary classroom and choral music at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Hastings, MN. In addition, she is the Director of the Kodály Institute at the University of St. Thomas, where she teaches pedagogy courses Levels I and II, and Folksong Analysis and Materials. Garner also taught on the Kodály faculty at Wichita State University. She teaches interactive workshops throughout the United States specializing in early childhood music, Kodály-inspired pedagogy, curriculum development, and standards-based assessments.
Garner is the co-author of Music and Movement: a music curriculum for children ages one-five, and is a contributing author for MacMillan McGraw/Hill music textbook series. She served on the board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators from 2004-2012. She holds an EdD from the University of St. Thomas, an MA in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, and a BA in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College.
Come prepared to sing, dance and leave with lesson ideas for your littles!

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Northwest University; Kirkland, WA

Pre-registration for both days: $70 for members, $110 for non-members, $10 for students
Walk-in admission for both days: $90 for members, $130 for non-members, $10 for students

One day only pre-registration options:
Just Friday: $25 for members, $45 for non-members, FREE for students
Just Saturday: $50 for members, $70 for non-members, $10 for students

One day only walk-in options:
Just Friday: $35 for members, $55 for non-members, $10 for students
Just Saturday: $60 for members, $80 for non-members, $10 for students

Spring Meeting/Brunch Potluck Brunch

Robyn Clapper PicCome join us at our final year-end event! Connect with colleagues over brunch. If you’d like, bring a song or classroom game that you can share with others! We will be voting at our year end meeting and your votes will be important. This will also be our final call for Board Nominations. Join us!

*Please RSVP by Saturday, May 2nd.

Please bring a brunch item to share. This could be as complicated as a homemade breakfast casserole or as simple as croissants or fruit from the store. The board will provide plates, cutlery, and coffee.

Thank you for being part of our organization. Come and celebrate a successful year together!

Robyn Clapper’s House, Shoreline, WA
Saturday, May 9 2015, 10am-12pm

Board Members: Alina Gibitz Stroh, President; Stephanie Trineer, Past-President; Melyssa Stone, President-Elect; Chris Stroh, Treasurer;  Heidi McIlroy, Secretary.

2013-2014 Season

2013-2014 Board Members
Stephanie Trineer, President; Lucinda Dalrymple, Past-president; Alina Gibitz Stroh, President-Elect; Chris Stroh, Treasurer; Heidi Mcilroy, Secretary

Members are eligible to receive our “Bring a Friend” Member Discount:
50% off for both you and your new friend

Cecile Johnson:
Activities to Develop
Tonal Memory and Improvisation

Saturday, November 16th, 9am to 4pm

Millennium Elementary
11919 SE 270th St, Kent, WA 98030

Come experience an action-packed workshop with lots of songs, games, and activities designed toenhance your curriculum, improve solo singing, cooperative learning, and elicit creative responses in the music classroom.

Members: Pre-register $50 / Walk in $65
Non-Members: Pre-register $75/ Walk in $85

Unison and Two-Part Choral Workshop with ACDA

Friday, January 17th, 7pm to 10pm
Saturday, January 18th, 9am to 4pm

Meridian Park Elementary
17077 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133 

Sing your heart out and experience new unison and two-part choral works for elementary and middle school.  This workshop features Richard Nance, Darcy Morrisey, and Anna Mansbridge.

Meridian Park Elementary School
17077 Meridian Ave N., Shoreline WA 98133

Workshop Topics Include:

Sack Lunch/Roundtable Discussions
Elementary Choir Warm-Ups
Unison/2 part Reading Session: 22 tried & true octavos for you to take home!
Infusing Kodaly Activities into Your Choir Rehearsal
Musicianship Skills: How to Become a “Mean” Teacher.
Choral Score Analysis- this will blow your mind!

Jan 2015 cropped shot
Click here to see more pictures from this workshop on Flickr

Workshop Presenters:

Heidi McIlroy
Sarra Sharif
Leora Schwitters
Cynthia Dean
Maria Seong
Julia Sarewitz
Abigail Ramstad
Amanda Littlefield
Megan Oberfield
Betsy Baeskins
Darcy Morrissey

Member Rates
Friday and Saturday:  Pre-register $70/ Walk-in $90
Friday Only: Pre-register $25/ Walk-in $35
Saturday Only: Pre-register $50/ Walk in $60

Non-Member Rates
Friday and Saturday: Pre-register $110 / Walk in $130
Friday Only: Pre-register $45/ Walk in $55
Saturday Only: $70/ Walk in $80

Sarah Bartolome:
The Virtual Field Experience and
Lithuanian Children’s Folk Songs & Games
Saturday, March 8, 9am to 4pm

Bell Elementary
11212 NE 112th St, Kirkland, WA 98033

Sarah Bartolome received a Fulbright Grant last Spring that allowed her to travel to Lithuania to study. Now, she will share the rich material that she experienced with us.

Registration begins in March 2014

Members: Pre-register $50 / Walk in $65
Non-Members: Pre-register $75/ Walk in $85

2004-2005 Season

Board members: President Christopher Roberts, Past-President Kelly Foster Griffin, Treasurer Judy Bohnet, Secretary Megan Oberfield. Rachel Gibson, Judy Herrington, Elaina Malcolm, and Jackie Minchew may have also been on the board or helping out.

October 2, 2004: Make & Take/Choral Reading SessionSchwitters
Featuring a reading session by Leora Schwitters
Documents available: schedule draft, attendance. Need flyer, handouts, and more.


November 5-6, 2004: Anne Laskeyanne-laskey
(According to WSS Summer 2004)
No documentation available.


January 28-29, 2005: Engligh & Appalachian Dances and Play PartiesMarthaRiley
with Martha Riley
(According to WSS Summer 2004)
No documentation available except attendance.


April Workshop
(According to WSS Summer 2004)
No documentation available.

Additional documents: West Side Story (Western Division newsletter) Summer 2004; Annual chapter fiscal report; email correspondence.

Still need lots of documentation from this era, contact me if you can help!

2003-2004 Season

Board Members: President Christopher Roberts, Treasurer Judy Bohnet, Secretary Megan Oberfield, Past-president Kelly Foster Griffin, Membership Jackie Minchew.

“Choral Reading Session and Annual Fall Sharing”nkebanner01_tr
October 4, 2003 9 am-4 pm
Meridian Park Elementary; Shoreline, WA
Materials on file: workshop flyer, schedule of presenters, handouts.

“Singing, Dancing, and Playing World Music” with Eduardo Mendonça, John Morovich, and Patty BourneEduardo Mendonca
November 7, 7-10 pm; November 8, 9 am-4 pm
Music Works Northwest; Bellevue, WA
Materials on file: workshop flyer, handouts from Mendonça & Bourne.


“Sing, Play, and Learn: Teaching Musical Concepts from Children’s Songs and Singing Games” with Ivy Rawlinsivy-rawlins
February 6, 7-10 pm; February 7, 9 am-4 pm
Meridian Park Elementary; Shoreline, WA
Materials on file: workshop flyer, Rawlins handout.

“Music for Our Youngest Musicians” with Dr. S. Lorna Zemke lorna_zemke
April 2, 2004; 7-10 pm
Meridian Park Elementary; Shoreline, WA
Materials on file: workshop flyer.

“Jazz Up Your Music Class!” with Dr. S. Lorna Zemke
April 3, 2004; 9 am-4 pm
Meridian Park Elementary; Shoreline, WA
Materials on file: none!

Other materials on file: OAKE Chapter President’s Report, OAKE Chapter Fiscal Report, Northwest Passages (NKE newsletter) Spring 2004; West Side Story (WD newsletter) Summer 2003, Fall 2003; NKE scholarship applications, many unlabeled attendance rosters from unknown workshops.

History of Northwest Kodály Educators, a division of OAKE