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Next Kodály Chat – Join us for Coffee and Kodály: Out of the Box Ideas! 

Saturday February 20th at 9:30 – 11:00am PST

Join NWKE President, Heidi McIlroy to talk about Out of the Box ideas that have worked for teaching this year. Bring your cup of coffee or tea, unique ideas (if you have them!) and pick up something new to try this spring! Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter to receive the zoom link! 

Save the Date:  Teaching with Truth: Music Education through a Culturally-Responsive Lens

Saturday March 13th | 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Join a conversation about Music Education through a Culturally-Responsive Lens.

Our systems are built upon structures that were never designed to incorporate all into the fold. As educators rise to the call of embodying anti-racism in their practices, we must take a step towards understanding the foundations of a culturally-responsive model to grow our own understanding of how to truly teach all students. Join educators Kaity Cassio Igari, Melyssa Stone, Ursula Sahagian Mills and Drew Olsen as they facilitate a training to begin an honest and reflective pedagogical conversation about embodying these principles in the music classroom.

*If your district would like to attend as a cohort, please contact NWKE for a discounted group rate!

Register here by March 12th! 


OAKE Non-Member $25

OAKE Member $20

First Year Teacher $10

Pre-Service Teachers and Student Teachers FREE

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.