Sessions and Presenters

Dear OAKE Members and Colleagues,
The 2021 National Conference Committee is enthusiastically preparing for the 47th Annual OAKE National Conference to be held in Jacksonville, FL, March 25 – 28, 2021. We invite you to join us as we celebrate 47 years of National Conferences!  Our theme for the 2021 conference, “Music for All,” is inspired by Zoltán Kodály’s teachings and our philosophy that all students should have access to music that honors our differences and our similarities.  We invite you to share your expertise and submit proposals for sessions, demonstrations, performances, and/or papers that relate to the following:
  • Music for All: Culturally responsive teaching (click here for more information on CRT)
  • Music for All: Folk song research (music from your personal collections, music from around the globe, research concerning songs with controversial/questionable roots)
  • Music for All: Back to the basics (tried and true Kodály pedagogical principles)
  • Music for All: Current trends (such as technology, PBL, STEAM, etc.) 
  • Music for All: Musicianship (refresh and build upon)
Proposed sessions include but are not limited to: musicianship, pedagogy, and literacy; choral and instrumental applications; music from many cultures; special education applications; brain and cognitive development; vocology; elementary, middle school, high school, and beyond. We also invite OAKE members to submit their names for consideration to lead sessions that are offered annually at each conference, such as the Introduction to Kodály session, Choral reading session, and Morning Sing.
Thank you for all that you do to further Kodály’s philosophy, and to educate and inspire children every day!
Warm regards,
Dr. Elizabeth Maughan and Rebecca Lakes Juárez
2021 National Program Co-Chairs
All session proposals for the 2021 OAKE National Conference
must be submitted online by May 1, 2020
Deadline extended to May 7

Annual Conference OfferingsOrff instruments

Invite your administrator to attend the conference for free! Show your administrator what the Kodály approach is all about. Music is officially considered part of a well-rounded education of every student. School and district administrators may even have resources to support professional development for teachers.

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.