Become a Member

How to Join or Renew

New Members:
Click “Join” at the top of this page to become a new member!

Returning Members:
Click on “Renew” at the top of the page to log in to your account.
For help logging in, please see the “How to Log In” page.

For a printer-friendly Membership Application, click here

Please note: Memberships sent via USPS will be delayed.
We encourage you to join or renew online whenever possible. 

Why should you join OAKE?

OAKE continues to be a vibrant organization: our mission is to support music education of the highest quality and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy, and research. Membership contributions help to make these goals possible. 

OAKE Members enjoy many benefits with their membership including:

  • The Kodály Envoy: A quarterly journal of articles, reviews, and informational items sent quarterly to all OAKE members with a subscription.  Subscription to the Envoy is included in all membership levels, except the free Student membership.
  • Online Membership Directory: A searchable listing of OAKE members and their contact information. 
  • Annual OAKE National Conference: Each year a different division hosts our national conference. These inspiring, musical, and educational events are the highlight of the year!  OAKE members are entitled to a reduced registration fee for the national conference. 
  • National Conference Choirs: OAKE members are entitled to submit their students to audition for the National Conference Choirs.
  • Divisional Newsletters: Each of the four OAKE Divisions distributes an online newsletter containing articles, practical ideas, news, and information about their activities and their Chapters.
  • Jenö Ádám Scholarship: Members may apply for scholarship for Kodály studies in the United States or abroad.
  • OAKE Leaf Fund Awards: Financial support for charitable and educational purposes related to the Kodály philosophy.
  • Publications: Members receive reduced prices on OAKE publications.
  • Membership in Local Chapters: OAKE has more than 40 local Chapters nationwide that hold exciting and meaningful workshops and events throughout the year. All OAKE members can attend these workshops at membership rates. Choosing an OAKE Chapter is included in your membership rate. 
  • Voting Privileges and the Right to Hold Office: Professional, Lifetime, and Retired OAKE members are eligible to vote and hold office in OAKE Leadership positions.

These benefits only scratch the surface of what our organization can provide for you as a member.

Membership Types

Professional $85 Professional members are persons interested in Kodály music education. All benefits and rights are included such as holding office and voting.
Corresponding $70 Corresponding members are Individuals who reside outside the USA and are not American citizens but wish to support the organization’s goals and activities. All benefits and rights are included except holding office and voting.
Full-Time Student Free or $20 Student members are full-time undergraduate and graduate students for the academic year. All benefits and rights are included except holding office, voting, and subscription to the Kodály Envoy. Subscription to Kodály Envoy is available for $20.
Institutional $75 Institutional membership is open to schools and institutions and is required of all OAKE endorsed Kodály Teacher Education Programs. Includes exhibiting rights at OAKE conferences upon payment of prescribed exhibit fees. All benefits and rights are included, singularly for the Institution itself, except holding office and voting.
Library $70 Library members receive quarterly copies of the OAKE quarterly journal the Kodály Envoy.
Lifetime $1,000 Professional members paying full lifetime dues.
Retired $45 Professional membership privileges for those 55 or older and retired.
Sustaining $125 Any firm, retailer, business or commercial venture that desires to support the purposes of OAKE. Includes exhibiting rights at OAKE conferences upon payment of prescribed exhibit fees.
IKS (International Kodály Society) $30 Membership is open to individuals and institutions sharing the International Kodály Society’s aims.
Membership with IKS is in addition to a regular membership level.

Automatic Renewal

OAKE Members have the option to enroll in Automatic Renewal. The Automatic Renewal Program allows you to renew your membership each year automatically with a credit card. When you enroll in the Automatic Renewal Program, your membership will automatically renew annually. Members may withdraw from the program at any time by logging in to their OAKE account on the OAKE website. 

How to check your Automatic Renewal status or make changes to your account:

  • Log in to your OAKE Account
  • Click on “My Account”
  • Go to the “Billing” tab
  • Here you can check on your Automatic Renewal status, change your source of funds, or cancel your subscription. 

OAKE Terms of Automatic Renewal:

Payment Processor

Membership payments are processed via a third party payment system. OAKE does not store financial information related to Membership payments. The Terms of Service and Privacy policy for our third party payment system are located on the Join/Renew checkout page.

Updating Billing Information

OAKE Members may update their billing information through the OAKE website. OAKE does not store billing data. For any technical support, questions or concerns, please contact info @

Membership Rights and Obligations pertaining to the Automatic Renewal Program

OAKE Members are granted rights and obligations which can be found in the OAKE Bylaws on the OAKE website. Any updates to these Bylaws are sent to the membership by official OAKE channels. An OAKE Membership begins on the day of the membership transaction (Last Membership Date) and expires exactly one (1) year later (Expiration Date). For members enrolled in the Automatic Renewal program, memberships will renew on the exact day of the Last Membership date, exactly one (1) year after registration for the Automatic Renewal program, and subsequent years after, or until canceled. Members may cancel their enrollment in the Automatic Renewal program at any time by contacting the OAKE National Office. If enrollment is canceled, the affected OAKE Membership continues through to the previously established Expiration Date.

Refunds or Exchanges

There are no refunds or exchanges permitted.

(Updated 11-20-2020)