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

presidents

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.

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