Fall 2017 Workshop Series


OAKE Members: $60 for all three workshops
OAKE Member Single Workshop: $30 per workshop
Non-Member Single Workshop: $60 per workshop


Making Cultural Connections:

Children’s Songs from Afghanistan

September 23, 2017

9AM - 1PM

855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

In this workshop we will explore the many hidden treasures of children’s songs from Afghanistan. First collected in the 1960’s, these songs are part of the Afghan Children’s Songbook & Literacy project Louise Pascale created to revive and renew culture in the war-torn country. We will learn songs and traditional dance as well as reflect on the profound impact music has on connecting culture, strengthening identity and building community and how it impacts music education in the United States.

Louise Pascale, Ph.D., is a Lesley University Professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division and has worked for 25 years in the field of arts and education. She is co-author of the book, Integrating the Arts Across Content Areas and offers presentations nationally in arts integration, literacy and common core. Her research interest focuses on investigating ways singing impacts community building, and education. Louise is founder and director of the Afghan Children’s Songbook & Literacy project, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to preserving traditional Afghan children’s songs that were almost totally eradicated due to years of war and oppression.


Broadside Ballads:

Social Consciousness in Song

October 21, 2017

9AM - 1PM

855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

What stories do your students have?  What stories do they want to tell?  What stories are meaningful to them?  What issues matter to them?

In the age of social media where every person has a story to tell, this session will focus on telling stories through song for the “greater good.”  The template for these cultural expeditions is the broadside ballad. We will explore the intricacies of social consciousness and song composition drawn from past events that reflect the effects of social, political and cultural change. This ballad project introduces students of all ages to the power of song as a vehicle for responding to events or conditions that are infused with strong feelings and opinions. The song-writing experience helps them to understand the value of collaboration to achieve artistic goals, the role of music as an expression of social justice and social consciousness, the intricacies of the relationship between melody and lyrics, the use of visuals to enhance the performance experience and the power of song as voices are joined together with a common purpose.

The instructional process will be presented in detail from the preparatory activities through the creation of the final compositions and broadsides. Participants will work in groups to experience firsthand how the song-writing process develops, evolves and is shared. Those attending should bring computers, tablets, guitars and accompanying instruments to be fully immersed in this artistic collaborative creative process.

In our society where young people constantly share their own stories, telling someone else’s helps to develop empathy; in a culture in which young people are surrounded by music, creating a ballad helps to develop a deeper appreciation for artistic expression; and in a world in which the population is connected to news updates continuously, choosing stories to share through song helps to discriminate between issues that have long-term impact and those that will fade quickly. By creating new broadsides, our students will join their voices to those from the past who have responded with energy, emotion and creativity to circumstances and events that impacted their lives, thus continuing the broadside ballad tradition for another generation.

Mary Ellen Junda, Professor of Music at UCONN, is recognized as an innovative music educator, conductor, scholar and recording artist. She is director of the Women’s Choir and Earthtones Vocal Ensemble that focuses on social justice and global cultures. Past performances include the songs of Trinidad and Tobago, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and the Gullah people.

Dr. Junda is co-director with Dr. Robert Stephens for their Landmarks in American History and Culture Program, Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformations, awarded $760,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Gullah Voices has brought teachers from throughout the nation to study Gullah music and culture in Savannah, GA with the proceedings archived in the Connecticut Digital Archives at the Dodd Research Center. Recent articles are featured in General Music Today and College Music Symposium and with co-author Dr. Stephens in the International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies and a chapter in Songs of Social Protest (in press). Recent conference presentations include the College Music Society National Conference; International Symposium for Singing, Newfoundland, Canada; Songs of Social Protest, Limerick, Ireland; and Protest Songs and Social Justice, Lisbon, Portugal.

Awarded the Howard Foundation Fellowship in Music Performance from Brown University for her exemplary choral conducting, Dr. Junda future guest conducting includes the 2017 Massachusetts and Connecticut Elementary Honors Choirs. She is past director of The Main Street Singers and Treblemakers Children’s Choir. Her three Singing with Treblemakers recordings have received national awards and are recognized globally as a model for children’s singing voices.


One! Two! Three! Playground Songs and Games from Israel & MAKE & TAKE

November 18, 2017

9AM - 1PM

855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215


Martha Holmes recently edited Rita Klinger’s collection of songs and games, and will be teaching many of them in this workshop.  This wonderful resource contains jump rope rhymes, ball bouncing chants, songs and games that are appropriate for preschool to grade 5.  The book includes musical notation, transliteration, translation, game directions, and illustrations, and will be available for purchase.

Martha Sandman Holmes (editor) has been a music teacher, choral conductor and arranger for more than 30 years. She received her Kodály training and M.M. in Music Education from the Kodály Musical Training Institute and Holy Names University, and taught in public schools in Alameda, CA, Brookline and Newton, MA. Martha also has many years of experience teaching in Hebrew schools in Syracuse, Montreal, Berkeley, Newton and Boston. She has a keen interest in Israeli and International music and folk dance, and has performed with Zamir Chorale, Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble, Cambridge Chamber Singers and the Cambridge Christmas Revels.   She has three published choral arrangements, available through Boosey & Hawkes and Ratajova Publishing.


Join us for the second half of our day where we will be making materials to be used in our classroom led by BAKE’s own make & take guru Kelly Graeber!

Kelly Graeber studied voice with the acclaimed soprano Cynthia Haymon. In 2006, she completed a Master of Music in Music Education at The Boston Conservatory and began teaching public school. Ms. Graeber studied Orff-Schulwerk music education at Boston University. In 2009, she visited Budapest on a pedagogy tour to observe music teaching and learning in Hungarian schools that follow the method of Zoltán Kodály, a Hungarian composer, musicologist and music educator. Inspired by the visit, she completed a three-year Certificate program in Kodály teaching with distinction from the Kodály Music Institute in 2014.Ms. Graeber teaches elementary school general music and chorus at the Morse School in Cambridge, MA. In an era where districts are cutting funding to music, she has expanded the music program, developing a Kodály based program based on frequent music instruction. Students at the Morse School have music classes 3 to 4 times per week. For the past 12 years she has been cantor and choir director at Saint Mary Church in West Quincy.