Western Division Mini Conference

October 23rd, 2021

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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

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OAKE Conference

March 3rd-6th, 2022

Details HERE!

Past Workshops:

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.

Teaching with Truth: Music Education through a Culturally Responsive Lens

March 13th, 2021|9am-noon, from the comfort of home via zoom

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.

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.