The Organization of American Kodály Educators was founded in 1974. Its purpose is to promote Zoltan Kodály’s concept of “Music for Everyone” through the improvement of music education in schools.
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Inspired by the vision of Zoltán Kodály, the mission of the Organization of American Kodály Educators is to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making, and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy and research.
is the realization of a world where the power of music as a unifying, humanizing, and healing force is an integral part of the lives of the American People.
OAKE’s Commitment to Equity
The members of OAKE are committed to championing diversity, welcoming all people, and advancing inclusivity and equity for all. Inspired by Zoltán Kodály’s unyielding assertion that music belongs to everyone, we affirm that music is a fundamental aspect of shared human experiences. As such, we pledge to promote active music making merged with intentionally respectful practices as the basis of comprehensive music education.
Board of Directors
OAKE is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. There are not only the Executive Officers, but the Ex-Officio Members, Members at Large, Division Presidents, Regional Representatives and National Advisors listed on the Board of Directors page.
OAKE operates as a trade organization, comprised of volunteers and is guided by the following structures: Robert’s Rules of Order, Bylaws, Standing Rules, a Code of Ethics, and Conflicts of Interest rules. These foundational structures guide the OAKE Board of Directors who are representatives of its members.
Training as a “Kodály teacher” is usually at the post-baccalaureate level either as part of a master’s degree or as a certificate. Several institutions around the country offer this training.
Each year the OAKE holds a conference during which lectures, concerts, teaching demonstrations, and exhibits provide teachers of music interested in Kodály’s concept of music education new ideas and resources. The National Conference Choir is composed of OAKE member’s students who audition from across the nation.
OAKE publishes and distributes a variety of material including collections of music for children and materials to help teachers.