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Next Kodály Chat – Join us for Cocktails and Kodály!

Saturday January 16th at 8:00-9:30pm PST

Hoping to start the new year off right with your students? Save the date for our next Kodály and Cocktails: Cheers to a Joyful Second Semester!
January’s event will be hosted by NWKE Member-at-Large Kelly Larson on Saturday, January 16th, 8-9:30 PM.

Bring your own beverage, and come visit with other music educators to share ideas and to encourage one another. Our question for discussion is: How do you persist in finding joy in teaching and bringing joy to students in an online setting?
Come for as much or as little time as you can to get some new ideas and enjoy chatting with your local colleagues! Also feel free to bring your own topics of interest for conversation.

To access this chat, please sign up for our emails and you will receive a zoom invite.

Save the Date: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Music Teachers

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM we will have the privilege of learning about culturally responsive teaching from several local music educators who are experts in this field: Melyssa Stone, Kaity Igari, Kassey Castro, Ursula Sahagian and Drew Olsen. You will not want to miss out on this amazing learning opportunity!

OAKE Conference

Early bird registration is now open here!

Past Workshops:

Meaningful Music Learning for Home, Hybrid and School: Maximizing Create, Respond and Connect (While Performing at Home)

August 5th, 2020|9am-noon, from the comfort of home via zoom
Workshop with Nyssa Brown

We are very excited to welcome Nyssa Brown of Music Ed Forward who will be doing a digital workshop in August on what our classrooms may look like this fall. If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch her webinar ( ), we highly recommend it. Nyssa has years of classroom experience and a great way of looking at how we teach to help us choose a path forward for our particular communities.

About the workshop from Nyssa:

“Should we be teaching the same thing this fall as we did in spring?  What do our kids need now?  How can we engage their hearts, minds, and musical skills?  This workshop will highlight flexible, meaningful learning that can be done in multiple learning environments.  Contextual, strengths-based learning as well as a focus on connection will be woven through the sample learning activities.  Come think creatively and flexibly as we prepare to welcome our students back to music learning!”

Nyssa Brown is an international music education consultant working with schools interested in transforming students, teachers and communities through music education.  With a speciality in curriculum design, conceptual learning and responsive facilitation, Nyssa empowers learners of all ages to build on their current knowledge and envision new possibilities. Nyssa has 16 years of experience in both the elementary and secondary music classrooms, as well as teaching and leadership experience at the team, school, district, state, national and international levels.  In the recent development of the National Core Arts Standards, Nyssa served as a Grade 3-5 sub-committee member. Ms. Brown served as Music Education Coordinator for Minnesota’s Perpich Center for Arts Education and coached teachers in over 100 school districts across the state of Minnesota. She was one of ten finalists for 2004 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and received a prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2004 from the Milken Family Foundation. Passionate about teaching in a global context, Nyssa taught at American School of the Hague in the Netherlands, The American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and in both Namibia and South Africa, through a fellowship offered by the Eastman School of Music’s Umculo: The Kimberley Project. Nyssa is a faculty member of the Kodály Levels Courses at Indiana University and the University of St. Thomas. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and Augsburg College. Nyssa also studied in Hungary at the Kodály Institute’s summer seminar. She released her first CD in October, 2000, “Packwood or Paradise.” Ms. Brown graduated from the Hartt School of Music and Hartford College for Women in 1998 with a BMus in Education and a BArts in Women’s Studies. She completed her Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas, 2008. Her Kodály certification was earned at Brigham Young University in 2001, and she has completed Levels 1 and 2 of her Orff training at University of St. Thomas.

For information on past workshops, check out The NWKE Historian.