Upcoming Workshops:

Stay tuned for the 2023-2024 season of workshops

Past Workshops:

Japanese Songs and Singing Games in the Kodaly Classroom

March 4th, 2023 |The Evergreen School, Shoreline, WA|
9 am – 12 pm PST

How can we introduce materials from an unfamiliar tradition in a culturally responsive way so that students can make connections and appreciate the music? How can we build more affirming, collaborative and equitable Kodály-inspired classrooms with students? A native of Okinawa, Japan, Minami will share songs and games from her childhood as well as the culture and history of Japan and Okinawa through her musical heritage.

A native of Okinawa, Japan, Minami earned her B.A in Music Ed. from the University of the Ryukyus, and M.M. in Music Ed. with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University (HNU). She teaches elementary music and high school choir for the Hayward Unified School District, Kodály Musicianship at HNU Preparatory Music Department, as well as her role as Kodály Summer faculty and credential program instructor at HNU. She is a past President of the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators, and a member of the Equity committee for the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She strives to promote quality music education and make it accessible to all students and educators alike. Minami’s passion and interests include sharing the music of her cultural heritage and the topic of Social Emotional Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching in music classrooms. She’s the recipient of the 2020 Young Alumni Award from HNU, and has presented workshops and presentations around the U.S. and abroad including IKS Symposium, OAKE National Conferences, and chapter workshops.

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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.

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In-Person and Zoom options available

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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”

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