Fall 2018 Workshop Series is Complete

Please stay tuned for Fall 2019 Workshop information

2018 Pricing:

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.


Inspiring Excellence:

Repertoire and Techniques to Engage Singers and Their Conductors!

September 29, 2018

9AM - 1PM

East Somerville Community School

50 Cross St., Somerville, MA  02145

Great singing and beautiful performances are an outgrowth of inspired teaching and conducting. Using the whole person context, learn to develop your artists as singers, musicians, and performers. Hone your skills in these crucial areas:

Vocal Production: What is your philosophy? Further develop your toolbox of techniques and warm-ups.

Conducting Technique: Does your gesture clearly communicate information to your singers? Train your singers to be sensitive to your conducting.

Musical Literary: What is a literate musician? Encourage independence in your rehearsals.

Repertoire: What are the non-negotiables of programming? Look at sample repertoire and the guiding philosophies to choose music skillfully.

Leave with practical techniques and music in-hand for a fresh start to a new school year!

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Michele Adams is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and speaker. This season she will serve as guest conductor and clinician for festivals in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Recent engagements include conducting honor choirs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the involvement of children’s choirs in two opera premieres, presenting sessions at the 2016 Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association Conference, and conducting the 2015 and 2013 Rhode Island All-State Choirs. Adams teaches masters level courses at Messiah College as an adjunct professor in the choral conducting program and serves on the faculty of Veritas Christian Academy in Massachusetts.

Adams served for ten seasons as the Director of Choirs for the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). She conducted choirs of all levels, managed the innovative education program, and administrated the artistic programming for the thirteen choirs and twenty-plus-member artistic team. Described as “splendid” (The Wall Street Journal)and “eloquent and perfectly-tuned” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), her choirs collaborated with a rich variety of artists and ensembles, including Kristin Chenoweth and the Boston Pops. She has prepared her singers for major works, including Mahler’sSymphony No. 8, Bernstein’sSymphony No. 3 “Kaddish”, and Britten’s War Requiem. She created the BCC Professional Development Workshop for music educators, an event now in its tenth year.

She began her teaching career in the New York City Public Schools where she founded the first choral program in her magnet school and coordinated arts collaborations between the school and community. She has held K-12 teaching certification in three states. She completed a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Florida State University, where she studied with Rodney Eichenberger and André Thomas. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of South Carolina.


Family Folk Song Project/Ukelele for Elementary

October 20, 2018

9AM - 1PM

East Somerville Community School

50 Cross St., Somerville, MA  02145

Family Folk Song Project:

A family folk song project allows you to engage families and collect authentic folk songs that you can use in your classroom to make your repertoire culturally relevant to your school community. In this session, I will share folk songs collected from my students in Somerville, MA, as well as the steps you can follow to complete your own family folk song project.

Participants will be able to:

  • encourage their students to make music at home with their families
  • collect authentic folk songs from their students
  • use folk songs collected from their students in their teaching to make the repertoire relevant to the culture of their school community

Cathy Ward teaches elementary general music in Somerville, Massachusetts where she encourages all students to be active music makers through sequential and culturally relevant musical experiences. She has completed all three levels of Kodaly at the University of Hartford and Orff Level 1 at Boston University. Cathy studied at Boston University (Masters of Music, Music Education, 2012), and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (Bachelor of Education, 2010, Bachelor of Music, 2009). Cathy is a frequent presenter at conferences and teacher trainings, and she is especially interested in promoting ways to make quality music education accessible for all students.

Ukulele for Elementary:

What makes the ukulele great for elementary music? At this workshop we will get “ukes” in every participant’s hands, and showcase how it can be a great addition to your classroom! We’ll start with its unique “so-do-mi-la” tuning, which makes it a great fit for a Kodály curriculum. We’ll talk about strategies to get students feeling successful quickly. Then we’ll dive into several easy tonic-dominant songs that get students hearing chord changes, and equip them to be life-long music makers. There will be about 20 ukuleles available to borrow for the workshop, or bring your own!


David Piper teaches K-5 music for Cambridge Public Schools at the Martin Luther King Jr. and Morse Schools. He holds an M.A. from Gordon College, a Diploma from Berklee College of Music in music production & engineering, and two B.A. degrees fromE UMass Amherst. He performs on upright and electric bass with bluegrass band Gin Daisy, surf rock group Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters, and singer-songwriters The Wednesdays. He has produced four collections of music for Canta Y Baila Conmigo, a Spanish immersion curriculum used by Music Together centers nationwide.


World Music and Movement in the K-12 Classroom

November 3, 2018

9AM - 1PM

East Somerville Community School

50 Cross St., Somerville, MA  02145


This active-learning workshop will demonstrate the various levels and purposes of international folk songs, chants, and movement pieces appropriate for traditional and non-traditional learning environments. Attendees will learn how multi-cultural songs are efficiently incorporated into the general music, choral, and instrumental classroom, providing aural, psychological, technical, and physical preparation for literacy. We will perform programmable options from various countries, giving educators the opportunity to experience the accessibility of international cultures that they may share with their students. Throughout this learning experience, participants will expand their own musicianship skills with more advanced repertoire reminiscent of Kodály Levels training. Above all else, everyone will be reminded that music is the universal language and is meant to be shared.

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Donna Menhart is Associate Dean for Programs and Academic Innovation, along with Associate Professor of Ear Training, Kodaly at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where she received the University of Hartford Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. From 1990-2011 Professor Menhart served as the coordinator and Kodály ear-training/music theory instructor for the Performer’s Certificate Program, a college-preparatory program for advanced high school musicians she developed for The Hartt School Community Division. As a Kodály Master Teacher, Donna has taught Musicianship Levels I, II and III for the Summer Kodály Certification Program at the Kodály Institute at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Professor Menhart is currently President Elect for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), Immediate Past President for the Eastern Division of OAKE, Past President of the Kodály Educators of Southern New England (KESNE), has served on the KESNE Board since 2008, and was the National Program Chair for the 2013 OAKE Conference in Hartford, CT. Donna presents regularly on Kodály Pedagogy at conferences for local, regional, national, and international professional music organizations including the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA), the Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA), the Orange County Music Educators Association (OCMEA), the Kodály Educators of New York (KONY), Kodály New Jersey (KNJ), KESNE, OAKE, and the International Kodály Society (IKS). Donna is published in the Kodály Envoy of OAKE, the Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the Bulletin of IKS, and presented at the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd International Kodály Symposia, in Kecskemét, Hungary, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Alberta, Canada.

From 2004-2013 Professor Menhart served as the director of the Treble Choir for grades 5-8 and the high school Bel Canto Choir at St. Andrew Church in Colchester, CT, and has successfully sponsored and coached young singers for acceptance and participation in the OAKE National Children’s, Youth, Women’s, Concert, and Chamber Choirs. She received Level III Kodály Certification and a double Master of Music in piano pedagogy and music theory from The Hartt School, where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, for which she serves as Secretary/Treasurer for Hartt’s Epsilon Gamma Chapter. Donna received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Rhode Island.