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.

2002-2003 Season

Board Members: President Kelly Foster Griffin, Past-President Lynn Rupp, Secretary Ann Erickson, Treasurer Christopher Roberts, Membership Sheila Whalen.

“Make It and Take It” NKE Sharing workshopnkebanner01_tr
September 28, 2002, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Kilo Junior High; Federal Way, WA
Materials on file: Original flyer and partial handouts.

“Improving Intonation and Developing Part-Singing Skills”Ildiko Thesz Salgado
with Ildiko Thesz
November 8, 2002 7-10 pm
Meridian Park Elementary; Shoreline, WA
Materials on file: Original flyer. Missing handout.
Also listed as “Zsuzsanna Kontra Workshop”, possibly an additional presenter.

“Choral Rehearsal Techniques and Materials” Henry Leck
with Henry Leck (Co-sponsored by EOC)
February 7, 2003, 7-10 pm; February 8, 2003 9 am-4 pm
Landmark Convention Center/ Tacoma, WA
Materials on file: Flyer (could be a draft), attendance, contract, correspondence

“Materials and Methodology for the Intermediate Grades 3-6”Lamar Robertson
with Lamar Robertson
April 4 7-10 pm, April 59 am-4 pm 2003
(Location unknown)
Materials on file: none


Other materials available: Annual Fiscal Report, Annual President’s Reportflyer “2002-2003 School Year Workshops”; Northwest Passages (NKE Newsletter) May 2003; WestSide Story (Western Division newsletter) Summer 2002; flyer “Light the Fire: OAKE 2003 National Conference Minneapolis, MN”.



2001-2002 Season

October: A Fall Sharing

Including a Choral Reading Session

Come one, come all to the Northwest Kodaly Educators Chapter Sharing!

DebraShearerWe plan to welcome Debra Shearer, the newly appointed artistic director of the Northwest Girl Choir, to the area. She will be our featured guest director at the 9:00 am Choral Music Reading Session. A native of Australia, Debra just received her Doctorate in Choral Conducting (with minors in Music Education, Ethnomusicology and Music History) from Indiana University. For the past two years she has been working as adjunct faculty for the University as the conductor of the Chamber and Youth Choirs.

With a bachelor of Music Education from the University of Western Australia, Debra taught both instrumental and choral music in public and private elementary and high schools in Western Australia. After an exciting encounter with the teachers from the Kodaly Intezet in Hungary, Debra was accepted into the diploma program, spent a year studying in Hungary, and completed the program in 1991.

Other plans for the morning will include: NKE member Kathy Rausch presenting: “A Masterwork and the Kodaly Method”. This is a wonderful follow-up session to Lois Choksy’s outstanding presentation last Spring. Other highlights include NKE members Kelly Foster Griffin and Sheila Whalen presenting “Singing Games and Play-Parties for Primary and Intermediate Grades.”

We Hope that you can join us for a morning of excellent music-making and fun!

Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meridian Park Elementary
175th and Meridian
Shoreline, WA 98133

Pre-registration: Members Free, Non-members $25
Walk-ins: Members $5, Non-members $30, University Students $5 with ID

November 2001: The Kodaly-Inspired Music Class

With Gemma Arguelles

GemmaArguellesDo you want to fill your music classroom with “joyful music-making?” Love of music comes through understanding. Come and learn successful techniques that will motivate your students to do their best, actively participate in joyful music-making while developing music literacy skills. Gemma Arguelles will share with us song materials, games and the strategies that make up the components of a successful, fun-filled music lesson.l She will show us how to plan effective, flowing lessons for use in your own classroom. The weekend will also include a demonstration lesson with local music students. You won’t want to muss this wonderful opportunity to “tune-up” your teaching.

Gemma Arguelles is a K-5 Kodaly Music Specialist at Convent of the Sacred heart Elementary School in San Francisco where she also directs the grades 4-6 CES Chorus and “Les petites Voix,” the grades 2-3 chorus. She has been an instructor at the Kodaly Summer Institute at Holy Names College in Oakland since 1997, teaching pedagogy, practicum, materials, and solfege. She taught Level 2 methodology at Seattle Pacific University’s Kodaly Summer 2001 program.

Gemma also conducts the girls’ advanced group of the Piedmont Children’s Choirs, is a board member of the Northern California Association of Kodaly Educators (NCAKE), and sings with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of the Philippines, and a Master of Music Education with Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names College.

Friday, November 16, 2001 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2001 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Meridian Park Elementary
175th and Meridian
Shoreline, WA 98133

Pre-registration: Members $40, Non-members $70
Walk-ins: Members $45, Non-members $80, Students $5 with ID

January 2002: Too Cool for School:

Teaching the Older Beginner with Susan Brumfield

SusanBrumfieldIn an ideal situation, musical skills are taught sequentially, beginning in early childhood. But, in many schools, teachers are faced with the problem of remediating basic skills (like singing, moving, listening, reading, and writing) in children who may have little or no musical background. Motivating older beginners can be challenging, but with the right combination of songs and activities, these students can experience success! This workshop will focus on songs, games, and teaching strategies for teaching musical skills to the older beginner in the upper elementary grades.

Dr. Susan Brumfield is an Associate Professor in the School of Music at Texas Tech University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education. She holds a Ph. D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Louisiana Tech University and Stephen F. Austin State University, and Kodaly Certification through the University of Texas Round Top program. Dr. Brumfield is known throughout the U.S. and in the United Kingdom as a clinician, consultant, author, arranger, and conductor of children’s choirs. She teaches in OAKE endorsed Kodaly Certificate programs at several universities and has been a clinician and lecturer for the British Kodaly Academy. Dr. Brumfield has also presented lecture/demonstrations at the national conferences of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the Music Educators’ National Conference along with numerous state and regional meetings and workshops across the United States.

Friday, January 18, 2002, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 19, 2002, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Meridian Park Elementary
175th and Meridian
Shoreline, WA 98133

Pre-registration: Members $40, Non-members $70
Walk-ins: Members $45, Non-members $80, University Students $5 with ID

March 2002: Buckets, Wet Paper bags, and Tone Deafness

The Myths and Realities of In-Tune Singing with Jerry Jaccard

JACCARD_Jerry_picIn the elementary school music experience, EVERYTHING depends on in-tune singing! Some teachers are in denial, some are overwhelmed, others know it could be better but don’t know what to do. What ARE the principals governing in-tune singing? Can only some students do it while others cannot? What does a teacher do to cultivate fine classroom singing? What does a teacher do with students who DON’T sing in tune? What activities and song materials can be used to facilitate in-tune singing? What about those older grades? Worse yet, what about that church choir??! Help!!
Don’t give up your teaching job for a taxi driving career! Instead, put on your sneakers and be prepared for a fast-paced, active workshop on in-tune singing. An A to Z basics and beyond workshop for music specialists, instrumental singers, classroom teachers, arts supervisors, choir directors, and anyone still looking for someone else’s singing voice. It’s in there somewhere, you know it is!
Jerry L. Jaccard has been using the Kodaly concept since 1969, his first year of teaching. He has taught in a bilingual Navajo-English school, a large rural school, two and four-room schools, an inner city school, and in two large suburban school districts. He specializes in elementary classroom, choir and band education, but has also conducted Jr. high and High School bands and choirs. He taught extension courses for Northern Arizona University, was Director of the Kodaly Musical Training Institute of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, and is now Associate Professor and Coordinator of Elementary Music Education at the Brigham Young University School of Music. He is also Director of the InterMuse Academy for Kodaly Certification at BYU. This past August, Dr. Jaccard was an invited keynote speaker at the combined International Congress of the International Kodaly Society and European String Teachers Association in Helsinki, Finland. He is a member of the OAKE Envoy Editorial Board, the IKS Editorial Board, and of the Board of Directors of the Willems International Music Education Association, in Lyon, France. Jerry continues to teach elementary school music, conducts a school choir, and has just begun another elementary band program for Kodaly-educated children.

Friday, March 1, 2002 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 2, 2002 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Apollo Elementary
15025 SE 117th Street
Renton, WA 98059

Pre-registration: OAKE members $40, Non-members $70
Walk-ins: Members $45, Non-members $80, Students $5 with ID

Kelly GriffinThe NKE board in 2001-2002 consisted of President Kelly Foster Griffin, Past-president Lynn Rupp, Secretary Ann Erickson, Treasurer Christopher Roberts, and Membership chair Sheila Whalen. Ann has been on the board since 1993, eight years so far!

2000-2001 Season

NKE was back with another great season even though the previous year was so busy Lynn Ruppwith the nationcal conference coming to Seattle. The Make & Take/Fall sharing event was now becoming tradition, and there were two more workshops with great content from national presenters. This was the fourth and last year in a row with a strong board lineup: Lynn Rupp as President, Christopher Roberts as Treasurer, Ann Erickson as Secretary, and Sheila Whalen on Membership. Kelly Foster Griffin came on this year as President-Elect, and Heather MacLaughlin was also helping out.

November 2000: Make It and Take It

Back by popular demand, is our third annual “Make It and Take It” workshop, with all new ideas from four of our creative colleagues. As we have done in the past two years, you will have the opportunity to make several teaching aids and take them with you at the end of the workshop. These teaching aids will be demonstrated by the teachers who use them in their classrooms.
We will also again be having a choral reading session as part of our day’s activities. Join us for a day filled with great ideas!

Saturday, November 18, 2000 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meridian Park Elementary
175th and Meridian
Shoreline, WA 98133

Pre-registration: Members $15, Non-Members $25
Walk-ins: Members $20, Non-members $30, Students $10 with ID


January 2001: Lap Dulcimers with Julie Swank

JulieSwankHave you ever listened to haunting dulcimer music? Ever wished you owned a lap dulcimer? Ever wished you could play it? Well, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! The Northwest Kodaly Educators are presenting a very unique Make It and Take It workshop on January 12 and 13, 2001. On Friday night, led by clinician, Julie Swank, we will each build our own lap dulcimer from kits supplied by Backyard Dulcimers. Saturday will be a day filled with music making, playing technique and just plain fun that will send you back to your classes inspired and ready to perform for and with your students. Those of you who attend our Jill Trinka workshop in 1998 will remember being mesmerized by the beautiful sound of the lap dulcimer.
Julie Swank received her Bachelor’s degree in music education, horn emphasis, from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She also holds a Master of Elementary Education from the University of Dayton and a Kodaly certificate from the Kodaly Center at Capital. She has taught high school, junior high, and currently teaches K-6 general music in Union, Ohio. She serves as President of the Midwest Division of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and has presented sessions at the OAKE National Conferences as well as divisional conferences and chapter workshops. She has published a book of two-part folk songs entitled, “Folk for Two”. Julie holds the first chair horn position in the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra as well as having a private studio of twenty-two horn students. She is a member of MENC, the International Horn Society, and the Tri-City Kodaly Educators, an affiliate chapter of OAKE.

Friday, January 12, 2001, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, Januray 13, 2001, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Pre-registration: Members $60, Non-members $75
Walk-ins for Saturday only: Members $20, Non-members $35, University students $5

SPU credit, clock hours and NKE/OAKE memberships will be available for an additional fee.

April 2001: Lois Choksy: Classroom Teachniques

April 6 & 7, 2001; changed from March 30 & 31, 2001TheChoksy
Friday evening 3 hours, Saturday 7 hours.
Lois presented art listening on Friday evening and Pedagogy on Saturday.
Local teachers brought in students on Saturday for on site demos of how they teach

No more information available on this workshop; not even a head shot of Lois. Let me know if you can contribute!

Missing documents: (do you have a copy?)

  • Lois Choksy mailer
  • board meeting agenda/notes


“Make It and Take It” advertisement
“Dulcimers in the Classroom with Julie Swank” advertisement
Annual Chapter Fiscal Report by C. Roberts
“NKE Activities 2000-2001” document
Board meeting notes 28 Jan 2001
“Westside Story” newsletter Winter 2001

1999-2000 Season

September 1999: Make It and Take It

A NKE Sharing Workshop

Last year’s “Make and Take” workshop was so successful, that we’re doing another one this year! You will have the opportunity to make several teaching aids (all different from last year’s) and take them with you at the end of the workshop. You will also receive patterns and instructions for other “hands on” activities for your students. These teaching aids will be demonstrated by the teachers who use them in their classrooms.
In addition, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am we will host a choral reading session featuring music for use in Upper Elementary and easy Junior High. The music packet will be yours to take home after the session. Join us for a day filled with great ideas!

Saturday, September 25, 1999
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Meridian Park Elementary
175th and Meridian
Shoreline, WA 98133

Pre-registration: Members $15, Non-Members $25
Walk-ins: NKE Members $20, Non-members $30, University Students $10

On Saturday, September 25, NKE held its second “Make it and Take It” workshop. Twenty-seven people attended the morning session.
In the first hour, Lynn Rupp, our president, led us through some new choral arrangements for children’s choir, including a fun arrangement of “This Old Man” and a beautiful piece by Bob Wilcott, “The Time of Snow.” Sample of 10 pieces were given to participants.
Then we proceeses to make five useful manipulatives. 1) A reversible beat/rhythm sign used for switching between beat and rhythm during a song. 2) Animal pictures to be used with the classic song “Bought Me a Cat.” 3) Pentatonic solfege ladders for students to practice pentatonic scales. 4) A Stop-Go sign, to be used for inner hearing activities (e.g. the students sing the song out loud while “Go” is showing, and sing it in their head during “Stop”). 5) A reversible pumpkin blank on one side and colored in on the other to be used to switch between beat and rhythm on the song “Pumpkin Pumpkin.” 6) Blank sets of song cards on which participants wrote four sets of a song to be used in class for students to arrange in the correct order.
The Esoterics, a local 20th-century music singing group, also treated us to a mini-concert. They performed the music of Bardos, a Hungarian composer and educator who is credited with helping to widely disseminate Kodaly’s education ideas. It was beautiful music, impeccably performed. The Esoterics also gave out free tickets for the full concert, which many of us attended. All in all, it was a fun and packed morning. Could this be turning into an annual event? Stay tuned! (From Northwest Passages, March 2000).

SusanLeitholdJanuary 2000: Susan Leithold

January 8, 2000 9:00 am -4:00 pm
Registration: $20 members, $30 non-members, $5 college students
$5 more at the door

I couldn’t find much detail on this workshop. If you can fill me in, please let me know!

Missing documents: Northwest Passages, Volume 5 Issue 1. (And Issue 3 if there is one?)
Mailer for Susan Leithold workshop

“Sound Century” OAKE 25th Anniversary National Conference

Thursday, April 27th – Sunday, April 30th

Program available

Lynn RuppBoard members for 1999-2000 were Lynn Rupp, President; Christopher Roberts, Treasurer; Ann Erickson, Secretary; Sheila Whalen, Membership.


History of Northwest Kodály Educators, a division of OAKE