Sessions and Presenters

 Call for Research Poster Sessions Submissions:

The Organization of American Kodály Educators will sponsor a research poster session at its national conference. 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 25-30 copies of an abstract as well as 10 copies of the completed paper.

For Accepted Presenters:



Teaching Music to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
1:00 – 4:00 PM, Thursday March 3, 2022

$80 – Member Price, $125 – Non-Member Price
(This is a separately ticketed event from Conference Registration)

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder often find they struggle in three or more domains. The three most common are cognition, communication, and sensory. This workshop will focus on ways to address these domains, and assist students with ASD in music classrooms and ensembles. The workshop is active and participatory.


Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk: Building a Bridge to Reach All Students
Sunday morning, March 4, 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. Participants will learn a variety of repertoire ranging from folk music to source material from the Orff Schulwerk volumes and will explore how the two pedagogies can intertwine to support students in their music making and musical learning.

All registered attendees are welcome to attend the Sunday Spotlight Session. 

OAKE PARTICIPANT CHOIR directed by Árpád Tóth

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

We need YOU! Yes, 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. Once Early Bird Registration is closed, you will receive an email with instructions and rehearsal schedule. 


Dr Árpád Tóth has been a lecturer of methodology, solfège, chamber music and choral conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest since 2012. He also delivers University training at the High School of the Hungarian University of Arts.

He is Artistic Director of Csíkszerda, Hungary’s largest community choir and of the Night of Choirs – Hungary’s largest one-day choral festival. He is an award-winning choral conductor and internationally recognized teacher who has taught for many years in Europe, but also South Korea, Australia, China, Philippines, Mexico and Malaysia.



Session Descriptions will be posted by December



Julissa Chapa
Strategies for English Learners in the Music Classroom

Larena Code
Building a Foundation Together: Inclusive Repertoire in Kodály Pedagogy

Sarah Reyes
Beyond Beethoven: Musical Masters that Speak to Every Child

Rex Sturdevant
LGBTQ-Inclusive Practices in Elementary General Music

Rachel Tanenblatt
Representation and Reading in the Music Room


Leigh Ann Garner
Building Student Voice and Agency through Collaborative Assessment

Herbert Marshall, Amy Beegle, Judy Bond, Marla Butke 
Building Bridges Among Learners with Active Approaches

Darla Meek
Routes to Improvisation and Composition

Jennifer Wassemiller
Knocking Down Walls and Building Bridges: Community in the Classroom

Nichole Witman
Creative Kodály: Techniques to Get Your Students Creating


Rachel Gibson
Living Traditions: Songs and Singing Games from Spain

Jana Martin
The Music of My Hawaii: Songs, Ukulele, and Cultural Context

Anne Laskey, Gail Needleman
Building Bridges through Listening: Primary Sources in the Music Classroom

Joan Litman
Candles on the Rooftop: A Celebration of Cultural Context

Juanda Marshall
Make “My” Culture Matter

Gabriela Montoya-Stier
The Many Lives of Don Gato

Louise Pascale, Colleen Casey-Nelson
Afghan Children’s Songs: Restoring Culture

Kay Piña
Applying Dalcroze Eurhythmics to Global Music

Jennifer Rozsa
Straighten Up and Fly Right: Jazz Movement in the K-8 Classroom


Carol Forward
ETT: Let’s Talk About Levels Programs: Musicianship and Conducting

Becky Halliday
ETT: Creating a Space for Secondary Instructional Tracks

Georgia Newlin
ETT: Pedagogy and Folk Song


Colleen Casey-Nelson
IT: Taiko: A Gift from Japan to the World

Anne Cohen
IT: Side Hustle! Kodály and Private Instrument Lessons

Beth Duhon
IT: Self-Care for the Music Educator: Not Just a Buzzword

Aiko Mauldin
IT: My Tokyo Childhood Comes to the American Classroom


Amy Abbott
Melodic Prep: It CAN be FUN!

Megan Ankuda
The 333 Isn’t Dead and Gone

Lauren Bain
Do You Hear What I Hear? Aural Skills in Kindergarten

Carrie Nicholas, Tanya LeJeune
Work Smarter, Not Harder: Bridging Musical Concepts through Song Literature


Lauren Bain
Student Musicianship Begins with You

Eva Floyd
Strengthen Your Musicianship with Modal Music

Becky Knox, Coty Raven Morris
Old McTeacher Had a Bad Vowel E-I-E-I-O

Sandy Lantz, Gretchen Wahlberg
Improve Your Musicianship with Improv

Georgia Newlin
Beyond K333: The Kodály Choral Method


Susan Brumfield
SCT: Healing our Hearts: Songs for Singing, Listening and Learning

Sandy Knudson
SCT: The Engaging Choral Classroom: Choral Lesson Planning

Sarah Martinez
SCT: That’ll Teach ‘Em! Infusing Music Literacy Into Concert Preparation

Sandra Mathias, Kelsey Burkett, Dameon Jones, Kristina Waugh, Kyle Zeuch
SCT: Building a Courageous Choral Classroom


Beth Berridge
Every Step They Take: Digital Tools for 21st Century Assessment

Jonathan Dillon
Digital Part-Work Strategies: Lessons from Pandemic Teaching

Sarah Martinez, Lauren Bain
Teaching Your Administrator and Community About Your Kodály Program

Kendall Newman
Bridging the Playground to the Classroom: Seesaw for All

Rachel Tanenblatt
Slide into Lesson Design: Create Meaningful Lessons with Google Slides

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.


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