Fall 2019 Workshop Series


OAKE Members: $60 for all three workshops
OAKE Member Single Workshop: $30 per workshop
Non-Member Single Workshop: $60 per workshop
Somerville Public Schools Teachers: 50% discount
Full-Time Students with ID: Free

Graduate Credit through Anna Maria College is additional through the Kodály Music Institute.

Step One: Register!

Step Two: Pay by PayPal, or bring a check.

Step Three: Register for Credit, if desired.


Assessment in the Music Classroom

September 28, 2019

9AM - 1PM

East Somerville Community School

50 Cross St., Somerville, MA  02145

This workshop will focus on using formative and summative assessment to nurture each student's musical growth. Attendees will learn many different strategies to assess and improve each child’s musicianship, through songs, games, activities, and the use of various manipulatives. The session will also explore the use of learning centers in the music classroom--showing how these centers provide time for assessment and intervention, opportunities for creativity and student ownership, and a student-centered learning environment.

Aileen Miracle teaches general music, band, and choir in the Olentangy Local School District near Columbus, Ohio; this is her twentieth year teaching. Aileen received her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 1999, and her Master of Music in Music Education from Capital University in 2003; she completed her masters studies at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. Aileen has served as President of the Tri-City Kodály Educators, President of the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, and serves on the Technology Task Force for the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She served as the National Program Chair for the 2015 and 2019 OAKE conferences. She has taught Level I Methodology and Folk Song Research for Colorado State University's Kodály Program, and Level I and III Methodology and Folk Song Research for DePaul University's Kodály Program, and will teach Level III Methodology and Folk Song Research for Capital University's Kodály Program in the summer of 2019. In 2016, Aileen was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Cheshire Elementary. She has presented at OAKE Conferences, and currently presents workshops across the nation. Her music education blog is called Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room, and can be found at www.mrsmiraclesmusicroom.com.


Vocal Health for Music Educators / Teaching Advanced Ideas with Simple Materials

October 19, 2019

9AM - 1PM

East Somerville Community School

50 Cross St., Somerville, MA  02145

Vocal Health for Music Educators:

As a music educator, your voice is an essential tool of your trade. Do you ever feel hoarse after teaching all day? Do you understand the importance of providing a healthy vocal model for young singers, but aren’t always able to consistently produce it? Are you confident in your own singing and are simply looking for additional concrete strategies to add to your toolbox as you strive to encourage healthy singing and speaking from your students? In this workshop we will explore the anatomy involved in healthy singing and speaking in order to develop an understanding of the “why” behind the exercises and techniques. We will explore the concept of functional efficiency as we engage in exercises intended to teach posture, breathing and relaxation. Along the way, we will learn tips and tricks for encouraging healthy vocal production with students.

Magen Slesinger, CMVT is the Coordinator of Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts for Watertown Public Schools. She earned a bachelors in music education at Rhode Island College, a masters in creative arts and learning at Lesley University and a masters in educational leadership at Endicott College. She also studied with the McClosky Institute of Voice where she focused on vocal health and became a Certified McClosky Vocal Technician.

Magen highly values her McClosky voice training, using it in her general music classes and with her chorus of young singers to encourage healthy and beautiful vocal production in their first choral experience. She also uses it in her voice studio where she primarily teaches adults and teenagers to sing music of all different styles, but also works with people with vocal health troubles, helping them back on the road to healthy speaking and singing. She has led several workshops on vocal health, not only to music teachers but also to groups of various “vocal athletes” - anyone who uses their speaking and/or singing voice professionally. She credits the McClosky technique with much of her success as a music educator.

Teaching Advanced Ideas with Simple Materials:

This workshop offers specific approaches to the creative use of materials found in Kodaly’s pedagogical compositions (from the 333 Unison Reading Exercises through the rest of Kodaly’s choral library editions) for the teaching of advanced aural structures. With some careful planning, these materials can be turned into preliminary studies for introducing, identifying and practicing terms and compositional techniques found in any given Musical Period, such as fifth-change melodies, real and tonal answers, subject and answer, melodic augmentation and diminution and sensitivity to different parts.

Gabor Viragh is a graduate of The Liszt Academy of Music Teacher Training Institute and The Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in Budapest, Hungary. He has also completed studies at The Berklee College of Music and The Academia Musicale Ottorino Respighi Festival of Assisi, Italy.

Mr. Viragh is a frequent guest clinician and lecturer at numerous colleges, universities and school systems throughout the United States. He has offered summer workshops using the Kodaly approach at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE, Silver Lake College, (2005-2006) WI, Wichita State University1995-present, Kansas, and New England Conservatory Boston, MA. University of Colorado, (1995-2000) Ft. Collins, CO, and The Hartt School University (2010-present of Hartford, CT, Kodaly Workshop for The Omaha Public School System 2 weeks Omaha NE 2018.

He was a featured lecturer at the OAKE Joint Convention in Baltimore, MD, in 1996, and the OAKE National Conference with double sessions in Columbus, Ohio, in 1999; also he was an invited lecturer at the 14th International Kodaly Symposium in Hungary in 1999, and as a presenter at the CMEA 2000, 2001-2007 OAKE National Conferences.

He has collaborated with Faith Knowles (Artistic Director of the Kodaly Center of America) and poet Peter Thompson on a new collection of Kodaly Zoltan’s Bicinias–Volumes 1-2 entitled New Words. He is the author of two Anthologies, titled Living Harmonies, Renaissance & Early Baroque Vocal Works, and In the (Christmas) Mood! Christmas Choral Music. His recent translation of the famous Solfege workbook by Laszlo Dobszay’s World of Sound, partly founded by the Vincent B. Coffin Grant from University of Hartford.

Gabor Viragh is currently an associate faculty member of The Kodaly Center of America, elected board member of OAKE, active performer on both classical and jazz trumpet, appearing on Classical Hits under Musica Mundi label and a latest CD of June Bisantz Evans sings Chet Baker “Lets” Fall In Love” Vol. I-II

Mr. Viragh is an Associate professor of theory and Coordinator of Solfege Studies at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.(1992-Present)


Living Traditions: Children’s Songs and Singing Games from Central America

November 16, 2019

9AM - 1PM

East Somerville Community School

50 Cross St., Somerville, MA  02145


¡Bienvenidos - Welcome! Come engage in songs and singing games that were recently learned from children and teachers from schools and playgrounds in Guatemala and Nicaragua. The singing games allow for dramatic and musical play, encourage lyrical improvisation, and foster community. The repertoire presented in this session can be easily integrated into the Kodály sequence and the Spanish texts are short, repetitive, and accessible to learn. Field videos will be shown to demonstrate these living traditions in authentic contexts.

Dr. Rachel Gibson is an Associate Professor of Music at Westfield State University in Massachusetts where she is the coordinator of music education and a specialist in early childhood and elementary music. Dr. Gibson is an active clinician at the state and national levels where she leads workshops on a variety of topics including music literacy games and activities, multicultural songs and singing games, and folk dancing. Her research interests include folk song traditions in Central America and has recently completed a ten-month sabbatical in Guatemala and Nicaragua where she engaged in folk song collection and language study. Dr. Gibson has trained in the Orff and Kodály approaches and is on faculty at the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute in Alabama. Prior to her current position, she taught K-6 general music and chorus for 15 years in New York, Connecticut, and Washington State. She also maintained a large piano studio where she taught lessons to children and adults.