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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

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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.

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

Sources:

“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

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

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)