Sessions and Presenters


Culturally Responsive Teaching through Black Music Aesthetics
Starts at 1 pm, Thursday, March 16, 2023
$80 – Member Price, $125 – Non-Member Price (This is a separate, ticketed event)

Come join Dr. Loneka Wilkinson Battiste, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as she explores musicality through a CRT lens, showing how Black music aesthetics can be applied in music teaching and learning, and broadening the ways in which Kodály practices can be applied in music teaching and learning.

Registration is due by the Early Bird Registration Deadline
$30 Participation Fee

We need YOU! You are needed to be a member of this year’s Participant Choir! This is a great opportunity to deepen your conference experience. We especially encourage Tenors and Basses (never can have too many of those!) to join us. When Early Bird Registration is closed, those who have signed up will receive an email with instructions and rehearsal schedule. The first rehearsal traditionally occurs on Thursday evening of the Conference. 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Georgia A Newlin, DMA is an independent Music Education Consultant. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for sixteen years and at the collegiate level for sixteen. She is Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of The VoiceCare Network. Currently, Georgia is called upon as a conductor for choral festivals and as a clinician for choral workshops, reading sessions, and intermediate grade methodology, as well as a consultant for curriculum planning. She teaches musicianship, conducting, and ensemble in Kodály programs at Indiana University, University of Hawai’i, James Madison University, and Plano/Southern Methodist University.

Toward Lifelong Music Learning: Concept-Based Inquiry and Transfer in the Kodály-Inspired Classroom
Sunday morning, March 19, 2022

Music teachers often feel they need to choose between the Kodály and Orff Schulwerk philosophies of music education, but both approaches center on helping children discover music and creativity in a natural way. Why choose when you can do both? Come sing, say, dance, and play – see how incorporating techniques from both Orff Schulwerk and Kodály inspired teaching can strengthen the teaching already happening in your classroom and build bridges that reach more learners. All registered attendees are welcome to attend the Sunday Spotlight Session. 


Conference Breakout Sessions are scheduled on Friday and Saturday of the conference

Adventures in Folk Music

Miriam Factora
Celebrating Diversity Through Music

Miriam Factora
Philippine Folk Games for Teaching

Corinne Galligan
Music of the Sea: Lyrical Creation and Improvisation Through Chanteys

Rachel Gibson
¡Vamos a Cantar! Hispanic Songs and Singing Games

Kathy Kuddes
Doing Our Own Research: Following Kodály’s Lead

Rachel Tanenblatt
Hineh Ma Tov: Jewish Folk Songs for Elementary General Music

Bold Moves

Colleen Casey-Nelson
Using Google Earth in the Music Classroom

Juanda Marshall
Make “My” Culture Matter

Christina Svec
Current Research on Singing in Childhood: What’s Next?

Bright Ideas

Lauren Bain
Magical Manipulatives for Young Learners

Michelle Braun
Bold Choices to Activate Your Listening Curriculum Through Diversity

Andrew Ellingsen
Orff Schulwerk & Kodály: Stronger Together

David Frego, Herbert Marshall, Julie Scott
Mode and Meter Bootcamp: Dalcoze, Orff Schulwerk, and Music Learning Theory

Kathy Kuddes
Bartók’s “For Children”: Miniature Masterworks

Carrie Nicholas, Tanya LeJeune
Bright Ideas for New Performance Traditions

Kevin Powell
Get Them Up and Moving! A Sequential Approach to Teaching Folk Dancing

Confident Musicians

Gemma Arguelles
Beyond Rote: Developing Music Literacy in the Elementary Chorus

Susan Brumfield
Sing It In Your Head: From Listening to Inner Hearing

Darren Dailey
Demonstration: Conducting Workshop with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus

David Frego
Dalcroze and Kodály: The Intersection of Solfège and Movement

Megan Sheridan
Demystifying the OAKE National Honor Choir Audition Process

Sarah Tullock
All Human Beings Are Creative: Composing and Arranging for All

Dare to Care

Kathryn Bach
The Art of a Joyful Early Childhood Music Classroom

Alyson Moore
A Voice for a Lifetime

Loren Tarnow
Sprouting Joy! Cultivating Social Emotional Learning in the Music Classroom

ETT – Educating Teachers of Teachers

Sarah Burns
ETT: *U*N*W*R*A*P* A Song: A New Approach to Song Analysis

Becky Halliday
ETT Round Table: Idea Swap

Katherine Hickey
ETT: The Original Music Lessons of Jenö Ádám and Zoltán Kodály

Fearless Allyship

Kathryn Bach
Through the Looking Glass: Kodály Music Education and Critical Race Theory

Larena Code
Let Children Lead: Framing Meaningful Discussions Through Musical Play

Ashley Cuthbertson
Culturally Responsive Music Education in Action for General Music Rooms

Andrew Ellingsen
Panel: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students in a World That Won’t Say Gay

Benjamin Rivers
Substantiating Allyship: Backing the Methods and Materials in Your Classroom

Amanda Vanausdall, Elaine Bernstorf
Sink or Swim: Sound Literacy for Everyone

IT – Instrumental Track

Kari Adams
IT: Reach Everyone: Maximizing Student Engagement in Secondary Ensembles

Roberto Castro
IT: Folk Songs and Band Literature: Kodály for Band

Susan Harvey, Dillon Downey
IT: Creating Sequenced Instruction in Private Instrumental Settings

Ann Leffard
IT Demonstration: Seeing Ears and Hearing Eyes in the Band Rehearsal

SCT – Secondary Choral Track

Darren Dailey
SCT: Secondary Choral Reading Session

Michael Hanawalt
SCT: The Singing Revolution: Estonian Folk Music and Composer Veljo Tormis

Mary Ellen Junda
SCT: Earthtones Vocal Ensemble: Exploring Cultures Through Song

Georgia Newlin
SCT: Successfully Teaching Choral Octavos Through Form-Based Analysis

Special Sessions

Administrators and Choir Family Event with Sandy Knudson
BIPOC Affinity Event
Choral Reading Session led by Brent Gault
Division Membership Meetings
General Assembly Meeting for OAKE Membership
Friday Morning Sing with Tom Michalek
Saturday Morning Sing: Songs of Hawaii with Jana Martin
Newcomer Event led by Andrew Paney
OAKE President’s Forum with OAKE President Kevin Pearson
Participant Choir Presentation directed by Georgia Newlin
Research Poster Session led by Brent Gault

Annual Conference OfferingsOrff instruments

Graduate credit for conference attendance is available from the Kodály Music Institute
Make sure to tell us if this is your first OAKE National Conference on the registration form! 
Designed for instrumental educators of all levels, these sessions explore the application of Kodály approach and philosophy to band and string instruments to foster greater literacy and learning.
These sessions are designed for Middle and High School choral educators to explore a Kodály-inspired skills based approach to music literacy, rehearsal techniques and repertoire.



The Organization of American Kodály Educators will sponsor a research poster session at its national conference in Jacksonville, FL, March 16-19, 2023. Research projects dealing with topics such as singing, composition, improvisation, developing music literacy skills, folk music research, and history and philosophy of the Kodály method are requested.

A poster presentation format will be used. The author(s) of each paper accepted must be an OAKE member and be present at the conference poster session to discuss the research project with interested music educators. The author must also supply copies of an abstract as well as the completed paper (a link to an electronic version of these via QR code or web link is acceptable).

The following guidelines will be in effect for the paper selection process:

  1. Submit one electronic copy (either as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file) of an abstract (3-page maximum including references), in 12-point font, single-spaced, for use in the selection process. The abstract should deal with each of the following when applicable: (a) purpose(s) of the research; (b) theoretical framework or background for the research; (c) methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry; (d) data sources of evidence; (e) results; (f) conclusions; (g) importance of the study and recommendations for future research.
  2. The author’s name, institutional affiliation, and address (including email) should appear only on a separate cover page.
  3. Papers submitted for the conference must comply with the “Code of Ethics” published in each issue of the Journal of Research in Music Education.
  4. Submissions must be submitted by November 1, 2022.

A qualified panel of reviewers will read the abstracts submitted. Notification will be mailed by December 15, 2022. Abstracts will not be returned.

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM (PDT), NOVEMBER 1, 2022


For Accepted Presenters:

DUE BY NOVEMBER 1:   Commitment to Equity,   Equipment Request 

DUE BY JANUARY 15:     Session Notes (link will be emailed),     Register

Important Contacts and FAQ

Scheduling concerns and inquiries should be addressed to the National Conference Business Director, Nancy Johnson.  OAKE typically releases the final conference schedule in mid-February preceding the conference.  

Equipment inquiries should be addressed to the Equipment Coordinator, Nick Mercier.

Materials inquiries (pictures, biographies, agreements, handouts) should be addressed to the Administrative Coordinator, Colleen Graves.