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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.


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)

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)