2014-2015 Workshop Series for Music Educators

A collaboration between BAKE, KMI and Anna Maria College:
Earn college credit for attending BAKE workshops!

Join us Saturday, October 25th for a workshop featuring three presenters!

Betty Hillmon (9:00 a.m.)

 African American Music Traditions: Songs that Work in My Classroom

Ms. Hillmon will focus on African American folk music traditions and classical music written by Afro-European and African American composers.

The folk music legacy left to us by Miss Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers continues to be rich with songs and ring games that are exciting, fun, and educational. When taught in the correct style and with historical context, these materials hold the interest of students.

A less known but as rich a legacy of music available for use in the classroom is classical music composed by Afro-European and African American composers. Chevalier de Saint George and William Grant Still are just two composers whose works will be studied.

Mary Epstein (10:15 a.m.)

When Harmony and Friendship Unite:
The Kodály Fellowship Programs

This session will provide an overview of the Kodály Fellowship Programs sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1968-69 and 1971-72 and by the Ford Foundation in 1975-76. The Kodály Fellowship Programs caused an outgrowth of music and musicianship for the numerous teachers and students influenced by fellowship participants. This interactive session will focus on folk music instruction in Hungary, folk music instruction in the United States, and how to cultivate pedagogically rich folk music instruction through Kodály inspired teaching.


Martha Holmes (12:00 p.m.)

Accessable Jewish and Israeli Music
For Your Classroom

This session will provide an overview of the vocal/choral tradition of Jewish and Israeli music, using songs in English, Hebrew, Latino and Yiddish.  The extensive song packet will include both sacred and secular music, suitable for a variety of ages and musical abilities, and for use in any setting.


Saturday, January 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hidden and Lost Meaning in Children’s Folksong with Jeffrey Rhone
Jeffrey Rhone is currently a full-time doctoral student in music education at the Hartt School, where he teaches during the Summer Term.  He is a performance expert and scholar on traditional American folk music and balladry.  Jeff uses his hand-made auto-harp, dulcimer and banjo to deliver astounding performances, and has taught all levels of pedagogy from pre-k through college.


Saturday, March 28, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harmonia Mundi: Afternoon Chapter Share
Couldn’t make it to the 2015 OAKE Conference? Let us bring highlights of the conference back to you as BAKE members re-present their favorite selections from the conference in Minneapolis. This is a Saturday *Afternoon* Workshop.



This year, we are offering a reduced Season Pass to OAKE members for $40!

To renew your OAKE membership or join for the first time, click here. Be sure to select BAKE as your chapter affiliation.

OAKE Members: $40 for all four workshops
Full-Time Students (with ID): $5 cash per workshop
Non-OAKE Members: $50 per workshop
Retired OAKE Members: $20 for all four workshops

We accept cash and checks on the day of each workshop, or use Paypal to register ahead of time!

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All workshops will be held in the Boston University College of Fine Arts Building
855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215 
By Train: Take the B-line to the BU West stop

Parking: There is metered on-street parking on both sides of Commonwealth Ave., and a parking lot behind the Agganis Arena (925 Comm. Ave.) that is about $2.00/hour (their website says “hourly parking” on weekends).