NCAKE Workshops

The Northern California Association of Kodály Educators provides a series of workshops throughout the academic year.

Workshop fees: $35 OAKE members; $55 for non-members
* Students may attend NCAKE workshops for a $5 materials fee


Choral Reading Session

April 5, 2014
9:00am – registration
9:30am – 1:00pm
Studio Theater, VCPA – Holy Names University

Join us for a morning of choral literature led by members of NCAKE who conduct local choirs.  Each presenter has chosen materials to expand our repertoire, and will demonstrate ways to build musical skills while introducing the pieces.  We will spend an hour each on elementary, middle and high school materials, with an array of difficulty levels and voicings.  A packet of pieces will be provided.

Sessions will explore a diverse range of literature for your choir, from Schubert and Telemann, to settings of American folk songs, to music of the Philippines and Maori tradition.

Elementary – Gemma Arguelles, Nancy Linford
Middle School – Andrew Brown, Margaret Clark
High School – Liz Emigh, Peggy Spool


For the Love of Art Music!

September 28, 2013
9:30am – 3:00pm
Kennedy Arts Center, Holy Names University

Georgia NewlinNCAKE is proud to begin the 2013-2014 season with inspiring teacher and clinician Georgia Newlin.  In this workshop, we will learn to lead students to a true understanding and love of art music through meaningful, active listening lessons.  Georgia will show participants how to work with musical elements such as form, rhythm, melody, and expressive qualities to help reveal the beauty and sense of art music to our students.  Complete art music units will be experienced and explained in detail for grades K-6.  Here is a wonderful opportunity to expand our students’ repertoire of highest quality music to understand and enjoy.

Native American Songs and Games for the Classroom

January 25, 2014
9:30am – 1:00pm
Malcolm X Elementary School, Berkeley

Kathe LythThe music of North America has roots in many traditions, far and wide.  Perhaps the oldest roots, and some of the most fascinating, come from the indigenous peoples of this very land. This workshop will be an exploration of the musical traditions of several North American native tribes.  Kathe will present Native American songs, dances and games appropriate for classroom use. Learn an array of materials taught with sensitivity and respect to indigenous cultures.  Expect music that is beautiful, diverse, peaceful and fun!

Kathe Lyth holds an MM in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names College. She has taught pre-school through university levels for over 38 years. In 1974 she received a Ford Foundation grant to work with Dr. Klára Kokas in her experimental school in Budapest. Kathe is the founder and director of the Redwood Coast Children’s Chorus in northern California. From 2005-2007, Kathe was invited by pianist Maria João Pires to establish and direct a children’s chorus in Salamanca, Spain. She continues to direct the RCCC, teaches workshops on Native American music, performs on the Celtic harp, composes for children’s chorus and teaches music at a local private school.

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