Sessions and Presenters

For Accepted Presenters:  
Equipment Request and Commitment to Equity | due November 1, 2019   
Presenter Handouts | due January 15, 2020

Main Events and the Highlights Video


Matters of Diversity in a Kodály Context: Does Diversity Matter?

1:00 – 4:00 PM, Thursday March 5, 2020

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

Participants will experience teaching and learning strategies for materials from aural and written traditions. Emphasis will be placed on examination of whose music is included in our scope and sequence planning, and how that can be expanded to include the students we teach, our broader communities, and our larger global society. 


Strive and Thrive through Music: A Focus on Maximizing Engagement, Achievement, Well-Being and Joy in Mixed Ability Settings

8:15 – 10:15 AM, Sunday March 8, 2020

How can music teachers effectively meet the needs of all students in group settings? How do we induct students into the practices of musicianship, whilst offering appropriate levels of challenge in a highly differentiated environment? Examples and discussion from school, community and teacher training sessions will be shared and explored. This is an interactive workshop.

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


$25 Participation Fee
Registration is due by the Early Bird Registration Deadline
First Rehearsal: 5:45 pm on Thursday

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 on how to download your music. We are going digital so you will need to print your music and bring it with you-an excellent way to help you prepare!

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Hailed by The Oregonian for providing “the finest choral concerts in Portland in recent memory,” Ethan Sperry is Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. Ensembles under his direction have won over 20 medals at International Choir Competitions and performed at over a dozen professional conferences and venues. 



NEW THIS YEAR!!  Session Descriptions are now online!
You can also click the links on each session category to get to the session descriptions for those sessions

Attend breakout sessions on a variety of topics in addition to this year’s Main Events 

Conference Schedule: A detailed schedule will be sent to attendees in February


Educating the Teachers of Teachers Track (ETT) (Friday March 6th) – Click the session category for Session Descriptions

Carol Forward
ETT Forum #1: Completing the Annual Report: Updates and New Information

Christopher Roberts, Sarah Bartolome
ETT Forum #2: Materials and Social Justice Issues

Focus: Cultural DiversityClick the session category for Session Descriptions

Rita Alway
Popular Music In the Kodály-Inspired Classroom

Karen Arlen, Douglas Card, Nancie Kester
Exploring Oregon’s History Through Song

Becca Buck, Qorsho Hassan
A Culturally Relevant Kodály-Inspired Classroom with Emphasis on Somali

Colleen Casey-Nelson
Global Soundscapes: Teaching with World Music Recordings

Minami Cohen
Japanese Songs and Singing Games in the Kodály Classroom

Adam McLean (Epstein), Richard G. Saunders
Multicultural Musical Role Models: Inspiration through Engaged Listening

Rachel Gibson
Living Traditions: Children’s Songs and Singing Games from Central America

Julianna Gylseth
Sticks and Stones: Multi-Cultural Musical Games Children Love to Play

Shinji Inagi
Let’s Have Fun with Japanese Folk Songs and Games

Kathe Lyth
International Songs of Peace and Love

Gail Needleman, Anne Laskey
They Brought Their Songs with Them: Songs of the West

Will Skaff
Be Your Own Arranger: Transforming Simple Songs into Performance Pieces

Focus: Cultural ResponsivenessClick the session category for Session Descriptions

Elizabeth Anderson
Songs of Peace, Protest and Change for Upper Elementary

Sean Breen
Focus on Neuroscience in the 21st Century Kodály Classroom

Nick Holland-Garcia
Navigating LGBTQ+ Issues: Guiding Principles for 21st Century Classrooms

Logan McKinney
Overcoming Myopia: Female Composers in the Kodály-Inspired Classroom

Meredith Riggs and Panel Members
Reframing Kodály-Inspired Practices Towards Culturally Responsive Teaching

Melyssa Stone
Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Kodály Classroom

Loren Tarnow
Hocus Pocus the Magic of Focus: Social-Emotional Learning in Music

Jennifer Wassemiller
Beyond Multiculturalism: Creating a Culturally Relevant Kodály Classroom

Focus: Instructional DiversityClick the session category for Session Descriptions

William Bauer
Dalcroze Education and the Kodály Method: We Sing the Body Eclectic
(Dalcroze Society of America)

Elaine Bernstorf, Amanda Vanausdall
Apply Kodály’s Vision: Foster Executive Functions with Visual Manipulatives

Judy Bond, Diane Lange, Steven Robbins, Julie Scott
Improvisation In General Music: Dalcroze, Gordon, Orff
(Alliance for Active Music Making)

James Bowyer, Ben Munisteri
Sequencing Movement in the Elementary Music Classroom

Marla Butke
Integrating Dalcroze Eurhythmics into the Kodály Classroom
(American Eurhythmics Society)

Ashley Cuthbertson
Concept-Based Learning Centers

Anita Edwards
Solutions for the Top Ten Challenges for Teaching Recorder
(Macie Publishing Company)

(Focus: Instructional Diversity continued..)

Tiffany English
Playing With a Purpose
(American Orff-Schulwerk Association)

Kelly Lynch, Beth Berridge
What’s Your Focus? 21st Century Skills in Early Childhood Centers

Robbin Marcus, Katy German
Creating Musical Communities for the 21st Century: OAKE and CDSS
(Country Dance & Song Society)

John Martha-Reynolds
Mother Tongue: Re-Imagining a Key Tenet of the Kodály Philosophy

Lucia Schaefer
Music Maker Space: A Place for the 21st Century Child

Berta Yee
Let’s Move! Movement Activities to Support Musical Goals

Focus: The Singing ClassroomClick the session category for Session Descriptions

Amy Carter, Jennifer Kimock
Practice Skills: Envisioning the Future While Focusing on the Process

Andrew Ellingsen
From Traditional to New: Using Folk Material to Inspire Creativity
(West Music)

Molly Feigal
SongWorks: Perceptions of Pitch, Can I Really “Have It All?”

Brent Gault
Focusing on Sequence: The Spiral Curriculum in Kodály-Inspired Classrooms

Jake Harkins
Empowering Students with Notation as Play: SongWorks Literacy Practices

Sandy Knudson
Focus on Beautiful Tone: Kindergarten and Beyond

Ardelle Ries
SingAble: We Love to Sing Because We are Able

Roger Sams
Focus on Function: Functional Harmony in General Music
(Music Is Elementary)

Heather Shouldice
Fostering Vocal Improvisation in Elementary Music
(Gordon Institute for Music Learning)

Ethan Sperry
DEMONSTRATION: The Versatility of the Voice

Loren Tarnow
Implementing Your Perfect Vision: Initiating a Kodály-Based Program

Instrumental Track (IT) (Saturday March 7th) – Click the session category for Session Descriptions

Herbert Marshall
Vocal-Instrumental Collaboration: Folk Songs that Inspire Instrumental Art

Nicolas Miranda
Recorder Alternatives: Welcome to the World of Ocarina (STL Ocarina)

Royce Tevis, Lindsay Kellogg
The Great Extraction: Teaching Musicianship through Performance Repertoire

Doug Towner
From the Past to There: Students Musical Instrumental Development Beyond K-5

Secondary Choral Track (SCT) (Saturday March 7th) – Click the session category for Session Descriptions

Sandy Knudson
The Engaging Choral Classroom: Focus on Engagement

Sarah Martinez
Transitions and Literacy in the Choral Classroom

Donna Menhart
Open Education Resources: Access to Multi-Cultural Sight-Singing Materials

Angel Vazquez-Ramos
Secondary Choral Track Reading Session

Annual Conference Sessions

Administrators and Choir Family Session led by Kevin Pearson

Choral Reading Session led by Laura Petravage

Community Folk Dancing led by Tanya LeJeune and Carrie Nicholas

Morning Sings led by Kathy Kuddes and Kelly Foster Griffin

Newcomer Session led by Andy Paney

Sunday Spotlight Session led by Maree Hennessy

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. The following resources can be used to help support your request for professional development experience: 

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.