Upcoming Workshops:

Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance

January 14th, 2023 |North Seattle Church|

9 am – 3 pm PST

Join us as we welcome Karen Bruno, Northwest Girl Choir’s new Artistic Director. Karen will share how she guides her choirs to success using CMP. This instructional model was developed by teachers in Wisconsin almost 50 years ago and helps teachers develop and deepen their students’ musical experiences in the classroom. Workshop participants will get an overview of a planning tool that is rigorous, flexible, and student-centered. Please bring 3-5 pieces of music you plan to teach; this will be an interactive workshop that invites self-reflection and provides practical tools.

*This workshop will be photographed for promotional materials for NWKE.

Clock Hours available

In-Person and Zoom options available

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Past Workshops:

Keep them singing! Keep them playing!

November 5th, 2022 | evergreen school|

9 am – 3 pm

Playing singing games in the elementary music classroom is a fun and engaging way to get students actively participating in joyful music-making. In this session, participants will receive an arsenal of singing games for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade that can be implemented into their classrooms right away. We will also explore ways to expand the singing games into literacy, composition, and instrumental activities and Carrie will share some tips and tricks to help with long-term and short-term planning in a Kodály-inspired classroom. Participants should come dressed to move and play!

Carrie Nicholas is in her 22nd year as an elementary general music specialist.  Carrie currently teaches K-5 general music at Devinny Elementary in Lakewood, CO.  She received her bachelor’s degree of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree of Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Colorado State University, completing her Level III Kodály certification in 2005. She is an active presenter, having shared sessions and presentations for various school districts, county and state music education conferences, and OAKE chapters and conferences. Carrie is a proud member of OAKE. She is past president of ROCKE (the Regional Organization of Colorado Kodály Educators) and past president of the OAKE Western Division.  Carrie has taught at the Colorado Kodály Institute as Level III Pedagogy and Folk Song Analysis instructor. When she is not teaching or presenting, Carrie enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and enjoying the Colorado outdoors with her family. Carrie co-hosts the podcast “Music Teacher Coffee Talk” with her longtime colleague and friend, Tanya LeJeune.

Fall of Fresh Ideas

October 1st, 2022|9AM-3PM|The Evergreen School, Shorline WA

We are thrilled to welcome a lineup of familiar and new faces to our NWKE member sharing. Come get some fresh ideas for both the elementary and choral classrooms or choose the half-day option for a more tailored experience. We hope to see you there to enjoy time together and jump-start your year!

Elementary Focused Session 9:00AM-11:45AM


Savanna Johnson: “Jump In, Jump Out”

Jen Lang: “Inclusive Openers for the Elementary Music Class”

Nathalie Ariadne: “Indonesian Children’s Music: Yamko Rambe Yamko”

Tyler Stevens: “Keep the Meter Running: Teaching 2/4 and 3/4”

Karissa Longo: “Engaging English Language Learners in Elementary General Music”

Elizabeth Anderson: “Using Poetry to Inspire Group Composition”

Choral Focused Session 1:00PM-3:00PM

Christa Phillipson: “So Fa, So Good”

Kyra Rengstorf: “Developing Literacy Through Repertoire with Emerging Choral Ensembles”

April Chapter Share

April 30th, 2022|9AM-3PM|The Evergreen School, Shorline WA

Join us Saturday, April 30th for a sharing event with Racial and Social Justice Educator Ayva Thomas and our own Kelly Foster Griffin!

Workshop with Trey McLaughlin

November 6th, 2021|9am-3pm|Bothell United Methodist Church

We are so thrilled to offer this amazing workshop with Trey McLaughlin. Internationally known for his master classes on vocal performance, clinician workshops, conducting and for his very successful career directing and performing with The Sounds of Zamar Gospel Choir!

Please join us for a wonderful music-making experience where we all be able to sing together once again! You will learn techniques for teaching harmony, improving vocal performance and technique with your school choirs, classroom performances and as a musician yourself!

Check out Trey McLaughlin’s Website here
Learn more about Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar here
Enjoy some of Trey’s wonderful music on his YouTube Channel here

Cultivating Engaging Music Lessons ANYWHERE with Nick Holland-Garcia

September 18th, 2021|9am-noon| Virtual Workshop

Join us for our first workshop of the year with the amazing Nick Holland-Garcia!

This interactive workshop will examine strategies for developing and adapting engaging musical lessons for teachers whether they are in face-to-face, hybrid, or distance learning environments. Topics will include balancing virtual and “IRL” (in real life) activities, developing narratives and characters, utilizing technology and online resources, and methods for flow and maximum musicking. Participants will leave with ideas for how to adapt their current lessons, teaching style, and method for ANY learning environment.

Nick Holland-Garcia is the Lower School Music Teacher at St. Paul’s Pre and Lower School in Baltimore, MD and has taught elementary general music in Seattle and San Antonio. Nick is also an instructor for the Rio Grande Valley Kodály Teacher Training Program in McAllen, TX where he teaches pedagogy and musicianship. Nick has presented workshops on topics of classroom and vocal pedagogy, cultural competency, and technology at regional, state, and national music educator conferences. Nick earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music in Voice Performance with Teacher Certification from the University of Michigan.

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