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TAKE ACTION! Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Dear Roundtable friends! Yesterday, Monday November 30th, the conference committee on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) released final bill language for their compromise proposal, the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA).  We are very encouraged by provisions in the bill that are highly supportive…

Choir Auditions Closed

Thank you so much for submitting your auditions to the 2016 National Conference Choirs! Please check www.oake.org/choirs for more information about the audition process. …

NOW ACCEPTING CHOIR AUDITIONS FOR THE 2016 OAKE NATIONAL CONFERENCE!

One of the valuable benefits of being an OAKE member is auditioning your students to participate in one of the four national choirs at the annual OAKE National Conference. The 2016 OAKE National Conference Choirs will be held in Long Beach, CA. The choir participation dates are March…

MKMEA Chalk Challenge

“I am so pumped that the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America conference is going to be hosted in my hometown, Wichita, KS, October 23-25 this year! I have never had the chance to attend a regional or national Kodaly workshop, so this will be a very exciting…

The ESEA passes the Senate today!

After years of preparation, seven days of debate, and over 178 amendments filed, the Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), 81-17. The Senate bill includes music and arts as core academic subjects, makes music programs eligible for a wider range of grants, and ensures that…

SLC music program is Manitowoc nun’s life’s work

The work of Sister Lorna Zemke has brought musical literacy to children across Wisconsin. Thousands of people around the country and the world may owe their musical literacy to a humble Manitowoc nun who dedicated her life to experience-based music education developed by a mid-20th century Hungarian composer.

OAKE Announces Membership Dues Increase

June 1, 2015 Dear OAKE Members, At the OAKE National Conference on March 20, 2015, the OAKE Board of Directors adopted a motion to recommend an increase to Professional Membership dues from $75 to $85 and Retired Membership dues from $40 to $45 effective July 1, 2015. The…

New Music Education Policy Roundtable Development

April 16, 2015 update from Christopher Woodside, National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Assistant Executive Director, Center for Advocacy and Constituency Engagement This afternoon, the Senate HELP Committee concluded its 3-day markup by unanimously approving the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.” The Committee ultimately chose to adopt 29…

Music Education Policy Roundtable Update

The Senate HELP Committee’s mark-up of “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” is now underway. Markup amendment votes have started as of 4/14, and deliberations will likely continue through the rest of the week. Nearly 90 amendments have been filed, for consideration. In total, the Committee has passed…

In Memoriam: Kyoko Hani

It is with our great condolences to inform you that Ms. Kyoko Hani passed away on 5th of April 2015 at the age of 85. According to Ms. Hani’s testamentary intention, any funeral rites were not held and her body was bequeathed for medical contribution. Ms. Hani is the pioneer of…