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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!