Past Workshops

2018-2019 Workshops

Inspiring Excellence:

Repertoire and Techniques to Engage Singers and Their Conductors!

September 29, 2018

9AM - 1PM

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!

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

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 Concord Public 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

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.

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.

2017-2018 Workshops

Making Cultural Connections:

Children’s Songs from Afghanistan

September 23, 2017

9AM - 1PM

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

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

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.


2016-2017 Workshops

Folk Dances and Play Parties-A Sequence
Dr. Brian Michaud
Saturday, September 17th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Boston University

Make your classes come alive! In this workshop, participants will sing and dance their way through a sequential approach to teaching folk dances and play parties that are appropriate for kindergarten through middle school students. Just as with musical concepts, dance moves can be presented in a spiraling curriculum so that each grade becomes more confident and adept at performing folk dances. We will explore the musical and cultural significance of the various dances so that the students are not just “learning steps” but rather experiencing culture and gaining understanding of why folk dance exists. Integrated into the folk dance sequence is a music literacy component so that the play party material will fit well into a Kodály-based curriculum.

Dr. Brian Michaud teaches grades K-4, chorus, folk dance team, and bell choir for the Dighton-Rehoboth Public Schools. He holds a DMA from Boston University, Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut, and his Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music. Dr. Michaud has taught at Boston University, and has directed and been on the faculty of the Kodály Music Institute at both the New England Conservatory and Anna Maria College. Being a teacher and professional musician, Brian has performed on percussion, guitar, piano and voice in a variety of settings from classical and jazz to rock and country. He has presented both at the state MMEA and national OAKE conferences and, in 2004, was a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Outside of the music education field, Dr. Michaud is the author of a young adult fantasy book series called The Tales of Gaspar.

Assessing Students with Differing Needs in the Elementary General Music Classroom
Dr. Alice Hammel
Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
Boston University

Assessing students who learn differently requires a deep knowledge of sequence, and a willingness to create individualized assessment experiences. As Kodály  teachers, we have that sequential knowledge and a desire to meet the needs of our students. This workshop will focus on ways to incrementally sequence success and competency attainment for our students who learn differently. It will focus on students who struggle as well as students who exceed.

Dr. Alice M. Hammel is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She is currently affiliated with James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities and has a large private studio in Richmond, VA. She is a co-author of several resources available through Oxford University Press including: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, and Winding it Back: Creating Individualized Instruction in Music Classrooms and Ensembles. She is Chair of the National Association for Music Education Task Force on Students with Special Needs. Her primary goal is to become a better teacher with each passing day.

Kodály Music Education: Myth Busters
Our Triumvirate Workshop with Cambridge Public Schools and the Kodály Music Institute
Saturday, November 19th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School

Our third workshop of the season is our Triumvirate workshop titled: Kodály Music Education: Myth Busters. This is a full day workshop that is in collaboration with Cambridge Public Schools, Kodály Music Institute and Boston Area Kodály Educators on November 19th. Cambridge teachers and students will be featured in the morning followed by repertoire and strategies session presented by Margie Callaghan, Co-Director of the Kodály Music Institute. This is a unique opportunity for people who are new to Kodály-inspired teaching and veteran teachers to review and refresh their practices while also seeing students who are already immersed in a rigorous program (Cambridge students have music 3 to 4 times weekly)! All are encouraged to come to see this special presentation!


2015-2016 Workshops

September 26: Karen Howard – Singing Games and Traditions from the African-American Diaspora


Participants will learn high-energy singing and dance traditions from communities throughout the African and African-diasporic communities (West African, African-American, Puerto Rican, Jamaican…) as well as pedagogical considerations and strategies for school music. Direct applications for Kodály-inspired teaching will be demonstrated and discussed.

Karen is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas. Karen received her Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from The Hartt School, and her Ph.D. from the Univ. of Washington. She was an elementary music educator and children’s choir director, first in Connecticut and then in Seattle, for 21 years. She has extensive training in multicultural music and dance. Some of the places she has studied include Cuba, Tahiti, Ghana, Turkey, Macedonia, Thailand, Morocco and India. She has presented workshops at the national and international level helping teachers make connections with music of other cultures. Karen was recognized as CMEA’s Elementary Music Educator of the year in 2003.


October 17: Triumvirate Workshop – Kathryn Bach, Susie Petrov, Charlyn Bethell


Kathryn O. Bach holds a Bachelors degree from the Hartt School, a MM in Music Education with Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names University and a Fine Arts Director Certificate from Fitchburg State University. Ms. Bach has served on the board of the Northern California Association of Kodaly Educators in charge of the newsletter and merchandise sales and is presently a board member of Boston Area Kodály Educators as the Interim President. On faculty with the Kodaly Music Institute, she has held various positions as pedagogy teacher with Vocal Vacation to Chamber Music Coordinator to Conductor. In 2011, Ms. Bach was recruited by Cambridge, Massachusetts Public School District to teach as part of their growing Kodaly program. Entering her fourth year of teaching at the Peabody School, she is the lead teacher in the enhanced music program for grades JK-2. The Peabody School in Cambridge is home to the pilot daily music program based on the Kodaly Vision of music education being researched by Dr. Martin Gardiner of Brown University. Peabody students will be featured in a documentary sponsored by OAKE called the Cambridge Kodaly Project. Ms. Bach has served as a presenter for Cambridge Public Schools Institute of Excellence, Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Boston Area Kodaly Educators, Kodaly Music Institute and Chorus America Conference 2015.

Susie Petrov has been teaching music to students K-9 in the Kodály tradition since 1984. Folk Dance and movement are a big part of every music class with Susie, coming largely from her early experience as a Scottish Country dancer. She currently teaches K-5 in Winchester, MA. Susie has worked for many years as Summer Co-Director and teacher for the Kodály Music Institute. On weekends and school holidays she performs Scottish music with her ensembles, Local Hero and The Parcel of Rogues. Recent teaching and performing engagements have been at the New Harmony Music Festival and School, Family Week at Pinewoods Camp, Clan Currie’s Pipes of Christmas in New York. Susie plays for country dances anywhere between Oslo, Norway, Oldenberg, Germany, Philadelphia, Montreal and even in Boston!

After completing a BA in Applied Music and a B Ed in Elementary Vocal Education from Western Washington State University, Charlyn spent two years in Aarhus, Denmark earning a diploma in oboe performance from the State Conservatory in Denmark. She took many evening and summer courses from the Kodaly Center of America, and completed a Kodaly certificate in their first full-academic year program. She taught in the Lexington Waldorf School and is beginning her twenty-eight year teaching general music and chorus at the Willard Elementary School in Concord, MA. She is an endorsed trainer for Education Through Movement, and her master’s degree is from Cambridge College. She has remained an active freelance oboist, and she regularly plays chamber music in Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble and Solar Winds, a woodwind quintet. She is an adjunct oboe instructor at Phillips Andover Academy, and she is a credentialed music leader, serving as the music director at the Unitarian Universalist church, First Parish in Watertown. She has taught in the Kodaly Music Institute since its founding. She has presented several times at: MMEA, OAKE, BAKE, and the Mass Cue Technology Conference.


January 23: Denise Gagne – Singing Games and So Much More!


In this session Denise will teach some of her favorite singing games and activities that will teach and reinforce the fundamentals in your music classes. Extensions to the games will be shared that will help you get your students improvising and creating. We’ll explore how apps and digital resources can be used in conjunction with manipulatives to teach basic concepts reaching all kinds of learners. Denise will share solfa exercises and games that will help your students to become literate musicians.

Denise Gagne is a music specialist with 35 years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to College levels.  Her choirs and bands won many awards at Music Festivals and performed for local and national sporting events, on national radio and even for the Queen.  Denise has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria,  a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Diploma in Music from the University of Auckland (pending), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Kodàly Level 3) from the University of Calgary with Lois Choksy.  She has completed Orff Level 3 and additional Orff training with Cindy Hall, Jay Broeker, Jos Wuytack and Donna Otto.

Denise has served on the boards of the Saskatchwan Music Educators Association, the Saskatchewan Band Association, and served for eight years on the board of the Kodàly Society of Canada.  Denise is currently managing editor of Themes & Variations, preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to Red Deer elementary school music classrooms.


2014-2015 Workshops


Choral Reading and Strategies for Elementary to Middle School with Dr. Mary Ellen Junda
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Includes Choral Music Packet

In this workshop, Dr. Junda will expand on traditional approaches to choral instruction with the aim of developing a community of singers who are comfortable with creative, spontaneous and diverse approaches to making music in a variety of settings and for varied purposes. With Kodály-based instructional techniques as a foundation, a framework will be introduced for designing curricula  and choral programs with an emphasis on creativity, reflective practice, engagement,  service and social consciousness. The goals are to develop a singing culture in  which students respect their own role and the role of others; contribute to the culture  of the school in meaningful ways; develop confidence in their creative abilities and become a force for social change.

Dr. Junda is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles at the University of Connecticut. She earned a B.M. from The Hartt School, University of Hartford; M.M.Ed. from Holy Names University, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Betty Hillmon, Martha Holmes and Mary Epstein:
A Journey Through African-American Music, Jewish/Israeli Songs, and the context in which Americans first brought the Kodály Philosophy from behind the Iron Curtain

This workshop will feature a triumvirate of scholars from our own chapter. Betty Hillmon is considered a primary source for music of the African-American folk music tradition. Martha Holmes will share accessible choral music from the Jewish/Israeli tradition in multiple languages. Mary Epstein will speak about her dissertation regarding the fascinating beginnings of the American Kodály movement.


Saturday, January 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hidden and Lost Meaning in Children’s Folksong with Jeffrey Rhone
Jeffrey Rhone is currently a full-time doctoral student in music education at the Hartt School, where he teaches during the Summer Term.  He is a performance expert and scholar on traditional American folk music and balladry.  Jeff uses his hand-made auto-harp, dulcimer and banjo to deliver astounding performances, and has taught all levels of pedagogy from pre-k through college.


Saturday, March 28, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harmonia Mundi: Afternoon Chapter Share
Couldn’t make it to the 2015 OAKE Conference? Let us bring highlights of the conference back to you as BAKE members re-present their favorite selections from the conference in Minneapolis. This is a Saturday *Afternoon* Workshop.