Arlen, Karen

(510) 339-1775
OAKE Affiliated Chapter

Educational Background

U of Oregon BA, Eugene, OR - BA in Art
Holy Names University, Oakland, CA, MMEd with Kodály Emphasis, 1983

Kodály Studies

Holy Names University, Oakland, CA, MMEd with Kodály Emphasis, 1983

Teaching Experience

Redwood Day School, Oakland K - 8, K - 4 music, Director of Winter & Spring Concerts, Chorus
Alameda School District, K - 5 music, Chorus
Montessori Pre School, Alameda, Music
Jr. Center of Art and Science, Oakland, guitar, preschool music
Private Piano, Guitar and Group Guitar Classes
Dulcimer - making and playing

Presentation Experiences

NCAKE, KASC, OAKE, CMEA, KCMEA (Kern County) California Council for Social Studies, California Assn. for Gifted, California Kindergarten Assn.,AOSA, California Mission Studies Assoc., San Francisco Free Folk Festival, SF Presidio, Society of California Pioneers, California Missions, Santa Clara University, Holy Names University, Carlsbad USD, Mt. Diablo USD etc.

Areas of Expertise

California History Through Song
Collect, Compile, and Present: State & Regional History Through Song
Choral Arrangements

Session Topics

They Came Singing: Songs from California's History;

Days of Gold! Songs of the California Gold Rush;

Collect/Compile/Present: State and Regional History Through Song;

Treasures of the Past: California History Through Song;

Striking Gold: StateTrails: Songs of the Westward Movement;

Music of Spanish & Mexican California;

Make California History Come Alive with Music and Dance;

La Musica Traditional de California: Songs, Games and Dances from our Mission and Rancho Heritage;

Song Gems from California's History, etc.

(Session lengths from 1 hr to 3 hrs)

Organizational Leadership

OAKE Western Division President, Regional Representative
NCAKE - President, Vice President
Co-Chair of SF OAKE Conference, 1991
Exhibit Chair, SF OAKE Conference, (forgot date)
Western Division Conference: Organized "Best In The West: Choral Arrangements By Western Division Members", Fresno, CA


"They Came Singing: Songs From California's History, Arlen, Batt, Benson, Kester, 1995: Calicanto Associates, Oakland, CA, (bk & CD)

Days of Gold! Songs of the California Gold Rush, Arlen, Batt, Benson, Kester, 1999 Calicanto Associates, Oakland, CA (bk & CD)

Tutokanula: A Yosemite Legend, Arlen, 2007; Calicanto Associates, Oakland, CA (historical musical play script & CD)

I also expanded and made additions to 4 other Calicanto historical musical plays and directed them, using children from my classroom.

Masters Thesis: Pre-School Music for the Trainable Mentally Retarded, 1983.

Additional Information

I am currently collecting songs tying in with Oregon's state history. I am a native Oregonian.