1998-1999 Season

For the 1998-1999 school year, NKE had three exciting workshops including John Feierabend.  Final arrangements were also being made for the 2000 OAKE national conference, held in Seattle and hosted by NKE.  There was a new program instituted as well, that allowed people to attend workshops ‘remotely’.  They paid the regular price and received the handouts and a video tape, on loan, of the workshop.  This was done so that people who could not make the workshop for religious reasons could still benefit from the experience, but on a later date.  Summer Kodaly classes at SPU were going strong at this point, as 39 people attended of the summer of 1998.  Classes were taught by Susan Seneft and Rita Klinger.

Board members for 1998-1999 were all returning from last year.  Lynn Rupp, president; Ann Erickson, Secretary; Christopher Roberts, treasurer, and Sheila Whalen, membership. This lineup would continue working together for three more seasons!

September 19, 1998: “Make It and Take it”9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Meridian Park Elementary; Shoreline, WA

(from the nke announcement) have you ever wondered what other successful music teachers use in their classrooms to enhance student learning?  This is your chance to not only learn about what your peers are doing, but to actually make teaching aids for use in your own classroom and take them with you at the end of the workshop.  You will have the opportunity to “make and take” five different teaching aids, plus receive patterns and instructions for your students.  These teaching aids will be demonstrated by the teachers who use them in their classrooms.  You will also receive information on where to purchase additional supplies at reasonable costs.  Join us for a day filled with great ideas!

Board members took turns presenting dozens of activities.  The day started with rhythm activities, with topics including popsicle sticks, “BRAC” cards, beat visuals, flashcards, and ‘fraction pie’ which was also a make-and take activity.

Next, Christopher, Lynn, and Sheila presented many different solfege activities.  Topics included Staffmats, Handsign ladder, pipe cleaner notes, note wand, and more.  The day was wrapped up with singing games and an inner hearing exercise.

November 7, 1998: Adrienne Sabo
“Folkdance in the Classroom”
Meridian Park Elementary; Shoreline, WA

This workshop will focus on how to include international folkdance in your everyday music lesson.  Included will be techniques on classroom management, how to introduce dancing and dances, integration of dance into the music and general elementary curriculum, and kid-tested and approved dances for grades K-6.  Wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle and be prepared to dance!  If you have Phyllis Weikart’s Rhythmically Moving book, bring it along.  Music and dance material will be available for review and purchace.

Adrienne Sabo teaches grades 1-6 in the Lake Washington School District.  She previously taught in Edmonds where, along with her principal, she developed a performance folkdance group for grades 1-6, recess recreational dancing, and dance in music class.  She has done levels work in both Kodaly and Orff and incorporates both in her teaching.  Folkdance has become an integral part of her teaching and her students will attest, a favorite part of their day.

 March 5 & 6, 1999: Dr. John Feierabendres_feierabend

“Conversational Solfege”

Meridian park Elementary; Shoreline, WA

Friday: Readiness for literacy: Just as a child experiences language as a readiness for reading and writing, certain types of singing and movement experiences should precede the introduction of music literacy training.  this session will engage participants in activities that develop a readiness for literacy.

Saturday: Developing Literacy using Conversational Solfege: The process of music literacy should develop much the same way as beginning language skills: first conversationally and later through reading and writing.  This session will discuss twelve stages of development which includes improvisation and composition skills through a literature-based system called Conversational Solfege.

Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on early childhood development in music and movement.  He is director of the Music Education Division at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford and Director of the National Center for Music and Movement in the Early Years.  He is the immediate past President of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.

(compiled by Chris Stroh)

1997-1998 Season

1997-1998 was a less eventful, building year for NKE.  Many exciting things were in preparation that year, but most of them would not come to fruition for some time. A national conference was in the planning stages for Seattle, and preparations for the eventful 1998-1999 year was also underway.  Meanwhile, the only workshop of 1997-1998 was an exciting one; Jill Trinka was coming to town!

Board members were Lynn Rupp, president; Kelly Webb-Bamford, past-president; Ann Erickson, in her 5th year as secretary; Sheila Whalen, membership.  Adrienne Sabo began the year as treasurer and served until Christopher Roberts took over in January 1998.

March 6 and 7, 1998: Jill Trinka

trinkaphoto“Making Folk Music Come Alive”
Meridian park Elementary School; Shoreline, WA

Friday – Join Hands Round to Sing and Dance (from the NKE announcement)
You won’t want to miss this “put on yer dancin’ shoes and kick up yer heels after a long week” session for everyone.  Primarily a “just for fun” evening of singing games, play parties, contra-dances and big circle dances.  Repertoire will serve as the cornerstone for discussion in the Saturday morning session.

Saturday – Make Folk Music Come Alive (And get more mileage out of it, too!)
Using folk music for grades K-5, participants will learn about performance characteristics of traditional singers and how to apply this to selected repertoire for use in the classroom.  The focus of the afternoon session will be on how to get more mileage out of song repertoire.

Dr. Jill Trinka is an educator, clinician, preformer, and lecturer in musicianship,
pedagogy and folk music performance, analysis and research.  She plays guitar, dulcimer, autoharp and banjo, and has recorded four volumes of Folksong, Singing Games, and play Parties.  She has a BS in music education from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Texas at Austin.  She received her Kodaly Certificate from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. [1998]

(from Northwest Passages NKE newsletter, June 1998) “American Play Parties and Contra Dances and a Few Songs, Too” was the topic of Dr. Jill Trinka’s presentation Friday, March 6th at Meridian Park School in Shoreline.  Fourty-seven participants sang and danced the evening away between discussions of the pedagogical uses of Great Big House, how to teach a first contra dance, and just what are the best resources for which folk song.  […] We of NKE are excited that Dr. Trinka will be OAKE’s president in the year 2000 when Seattle and NKE will be sponsoring Conference 2000.

The Saturday session was in four parts:

  • Experiencing Folk Songs and Singing Games- lots more dancing
  • Understanding Folk Songs and Singing Games- a detailed discussion of the nature of folk music: variation in, the authenticity of, and the characteristics of excellence in folk music performance
  • Using Folk Songs in the Music Classroom
  • Folk Music Resources: record publishers/companies and folk instrument companies

It was an honor to have Jill Trinka with us for the weekend; what a fine teacher, musician and singer, and an invaluable resource for all music educators.

(compiled by Chris Stroh)

1996-1997 Season

In September of 1996, NKE president Kelly Webb-Bamford sent out a ‘Message from the president’, articulating the state of NKE at that time.  Here are some excerpts:

“A special thanks to Kelly Foster-Griffin, (who is expecting in October) and Christopher Maddock for all they have done, mainly most of the work on both workshops.  We appreciate their dedication and donation of time and effort.

Coming up next year, Kathy Hickey will present a workshop on the 15th and 16th of November.  It will target the older Kodaly students and solfege in a choral setting.  […] Since we are a new chapter, we will need as many participants as possible to break even.  Tell your friends and help spread the word!

[…] As i have shared with you, a very small number of people have done the lion’s share of the work and they are tired.  If you believe that all children can learn to sing in tune, become musically literate and that music should be a joyful, playful, learning time, than this chapter is for you!  We need your involvement!  I know that we a re all busy, but most of these jobs don’t require a lot of time.  If you would like to relieve the load of those who are overworked, please, I implore you to call me.

NKE officers at the time were President Kelly Webb-Bamford; President-Elect Lynn Rupp; Secretary Ann Erickson; Treasurer Adrienne Sabo; and Membership chair Sheila Whalen.  Kelly Foster-Griffin and Eve Myers were mentioned as ‘support people’.

November 15 and 16, 1996: Katherine Hickey
“Nurturing the ‘Older’ Kodaly Beginner in the Classroom and Chorus’
Maywood Hills Elementary; Bothell, WA

(from the NKE announcement) Musical literacy for every student is outlined by the MENC National Standards and includes singing, playing, reading, writing, creating, analyzing and evaluating music.  Musicianship skills are developed in the upper grade classrooms and chorus through experiential, age-appropriate materials using movable do solfege, rhythm speaking, movement, games, music listening and other kodaly pedagogical techniques.  Discover how to lead your students to “Discovery Learning!”

February 8, 1997: A Midwinter Sharing
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM; Meridian Park School; Shoreline, WA

According to the NKE board meeting minutes from January 12, presenters were given 20 minutes each to share a song list, 1 song and 1 activity, and answer questions.  Ann Erickson provided refreshments.

This workshop was also the second mention I found of Meridian Park Elementary, a location that became a major hub for NKE.

April 5, 1997: Lauren Abernethy and Rita Concannon
“A ‘Splash’ of Solfege”
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM; Highland Park Elementary School

(from the NKE announcement) Teacher training in solfege has many rewards to a school music program, the students involved and to the teacher’s own musicianship.  Solfege develops correct intonation, ear training and sight-reading skills.  The use of hand signs is a great tool that kinesthetically reinforces pitches and is an early form of music literacy for your students.  Hand signs also enable you to visually assess your students reading music.  In this practical workshop, the emphasis will be on ways to use movable-do solfege and other skills and techniques to build in ourselves and our students musicianship, confidence and the love of music.  If you are a beginner and have never taken a Kodaly levels course, or just want to brush off the cobwebs from your old solfege courses, or just interested in finding out more about the Kodaly Concept, then come join in a workshop that will not only be informative, (definitely not scary) but fun!!

Lauren Abernethy currently teaches K-5 music at Highland park School in Seattle.  She began studying and using the Kodaly concept of music education in 1965 and has a Kodaly certificate from the Liszt Academy in Budapest.  She is a past president of OAKE. [1997]

Rita Concannon has a Kodaly certificate from the Liszt Academy in Budapest.  She has taught all levels of music from kindergarten through teacher-training, but she always comes back to K-5, her favorite.  She teaches in the Seattle Public Schools. [1997]

(compiled by Chris Stroh)

1995-1996 Season

NKE saw significant growth in 1995 and 1996.  For example, NKE’s first workshop led by a major out-of-state presenter was in early 1996, led by the Folk Dance Master teacher, Sanna Longden.  1995 was also the year that the newsletter, Northwest Passages, began distribution and the now-familiar format of four workshops per year was adopted.

In August of 1995, Kelly Webb-Bamford took over as the second President of NKE.  The rest of the NKE board for 1995-1996 remained stable with past-president Christopher Maddock, Secretary Ann Erickson, and Treasurer Theresa Simons

November 17 & 18, 1995: “Teaching to the National Standards of Music Education”

Workshop led by Kelly Foster-Griffin, Christopher Maddock, Theresa Simons & Kelly Webb-Bamford.

February 9 & 10, 1996: “Multicultural Movement and Dance” with Sanna Longden

Hazel Valley Elementary, Burien, WA

Sanna_Longden_1One of the most enjoyable ways to understand the world’s diverse people is to move to their music “in their own boots, sandals, and moccasins”. Participants will learn teaching strategies and folk dances from around the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, The Middle East, The British Isles, multinational dances of the Jewish people, and all of the Americas.  In addition, they will learn dances that demonstrate musical elements, and explore ways to integrate folk dances with basic curriculum (literature, social studies, and even math!).

Sanna Longden
is a folk dance teacher and performer from Evanston, Illinois.  Since 1964, Sanna has been a member of performing ensembles, including the Brown University Folk Dancers,; International Dancers, Balkanske Igre, and Kiniszi Hungarian Dancers in Chicago; and Zivio of Salt Lake City with whom she toured macedonia and hungary.  She is a member of the Chicago Kodaly and Orff chapters, and has given sessions at the 1995 OAKE national conference as well as seven AOSA national conferences.  Currently, she is writing a book entitled, “Folk Dancing with Style” with Phyllis Weikart, to be published by High/Scope Press.

March 9, 1996: A one day workshop with John Langstaff, co-sponsored with Puget Sound Revels and Seattle Public Schools.  Ingraham high School, Seattle, WA. I wish I had been there, or at least that I knew more about this workshop!


March 29 & 30, 1996 – “World Musics: Listening and making Music”

Cathedral Place Hall, St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA.

Musics of the world’s cultures are all around us.  We hear examples of these musics on radio, TV, cassettes, and videos.  We can perform and improvise with them; we can also experiment with options to vary our interactive listening experiences.  So, let’s get together, listen, play, sing, see and move as we travel around the world this weekend.  As an aside, we can clarify some perspectives of these musics, why we are using them in our teaching, and how to help our students become more musically confident in a global setting.  If you want, bring a percussion instrument with you.

Dr. Barbara Lundquist is a music teacher from the Seattle area who has taught at all levels.  She returned last May from teaching introductory and performance courses in world musics on a trip around the world on the S.S. Universe, the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea.  She is currently teaching a class at U.W. on Ethnomusicology in the Schools, writing an invited article for the Bulletin of the Council of Research on Music Education and for the Black Music Research journal.  She is also working with the ISME Advisory Panel on Musics of the World’s Cultures on a world musics source book for educators.

Missing documents: (do you have a copy?)

  • Advertisement from the November workshop
  • Advertisement from the March John Langstaff workshop
  • Portrait of Christopher Maddock

1994-1995 Season

1994-1995 was the second year after local OAKE members restarted the Seattle chapter, NKE.  Christopher Maddock, chapter president, led the group in expanding the calendar to present three separate workshops, two of which were two days long each.  The board found highly trained and skilled local talent to present.  Attendees could attend these workshops for the bargain price of $20 a ticket for NKE members, except for the Sharing workshop which was only $10.

The NKE board remained unchanged from the previous year.

Rita KlingerNovember 17 & 18, 1994: “Planning for Success” – A Kodaly Sampler
Moorlands Elementary, Bothell, WA

A chance to experience the various musical aspects which comprise what is known as the Kodaly concept of music education.  Participants will sing, dance, and play children’s songs and games that can be used as a pathway to musical literacy.  Explore the tools that aid in the development of skill for musical understanding.  Participants will experience and analyze sample lesson plans that typify Kodaly pedagogy.

About the presenter (from 1994): Rita Klinger is adjunct faculty and director of the Summer Kodaly Institute at holy Names College, Oakland, where she taught Kodaly-based pedagogy and solfege.  Rita is currently a candidate for the PhD in Music Education at the University of Washington.  She holds a bachelors in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis from holy names College.  She has taught music to students from preschool through college.  In much demand as a clinician, Rita has presented master classes at numerous educational conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad.

February 11, 1995: A Midwinter Sharing
The Stein School, Edmonds, WA

For the second ‘Midwinter Sharing’, NKE had an impressive lineup for their half-day event.  According to an advertisment letter sent out by president Christopher Maddock in January, the presenters were Jim Taylor, Ann Erickson, Mary Bakeman, Susan Seneft, Janice Martinelli, Eva Myers, Laurel Lisez, and Rita Klinger.

PatriciaCampbellApril 7 & 8, 1995: “More Than One Musical Tongue”
presented by Patricia Shehan Campbell
Hazel Valley Elementary, Burien, WA

The workshop is directed toward the introduction of “new” (to us) materials for use in bringing musical skills and knowledge to children.  Songs from various prominent American cultural groups, and from an assortment of world regions, will be explored as resources for the continued development of children’s voices, their melodic and rhythmic perceptions and performance skills, and their sense of how music “works”.  Traditional/folk dances, several percussion pieces and a few “listening only” experiences will be featured as well.  Performance experiences will lean toward the production of authentic musical qualities, in order to lead children toward the development of an understanding of more than one musical mother-tongues.

About the presenter: Patricia Shehan Campbell is professor of music at the University of Washington.  She is a consultant on music in early and middle childhood, multicultural/world music education, and Dalcroze (eurhythmics improvisation and solfege).  She has lectured and published widely, and has author or coauthored seven books including Lessons from the world, Roots and Branches, and Music in Childhood.  Campbell is chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Education Committee, and board member of the International Society for Music Education, the College Music Society, and the Journal of Research in Music Education.

(adapted by Chris Stroh from the NKE mailers from 1994-1995.)

1993-1994 Season

In 1993, Seattle’s chapter of The Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) was reactivated at a meeting in November after several years of dormancy.  Several People, including Christopher Maddock, Lauren Abernathy and Kelly Foster Griffin, put in tons of work to get NKE off the ground again.  Here are the workshops from that year:

November 15, 1993: Reactivation Meeting

Several active OAKE members met in November at Sacred Heart School in Bellevue and decided to reactivate the previously dormant chapter.  Officers were elected, and their terms of service agreed upon.  Lauren Abernathy and Jim Taylor provided a brief account of the chapter’s history.  A workshop was planned, then the meeting was concluded with canon singing and refreshments.

Here are the results of the officer elections:  Christopher Maddock was elected President, Kelly Webb-Bamford was elected President-Elect, Ann Erickson was elected Secretary, and Theresa Simons was elected Treasurer.

February 12, 1994: “A Midwinter Sharing”

NKE held a workshop entitled a “Midwinter Sharing” at Meridian Park Elementary North Seattle (listed as Meridian Point Elementary).  Ann Erickson hosted this event which attracted almost 30 enthusiastic participants.  Membership rose to 17 at this workshop.  A variety of activities included many singing games, a sample strategy for teaching early rhythmic elements with a discussion following on how the method worked, part-work exercises at all levels, intonation techniques for choirs, a preview of Jim Taylor’s video demonstration of a high school Kodaly music class and a brief discussion of the philosophies and characteristics of the Kodaly Movement.

(adapted by Chris Stroh from the NKE Annual Report 1993-1994, by Christopher Maddock)

History of Northwest Kodály Educators, a division of OAKE