2014-2015 Workshops

Join us for our 2014-2015 Workshop Series for
Music Educators!




Choral Reading and Strategies for Elementary to Middle School with Dr. Mary Ellen Junda
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Includes Choral Music Packet

In this workshop, Dr. Junda will expand on traditional approaches to choral instruction with the aim of developing a community of singers who are comfortable with creative, spontaneous and diverse approaches to making music in a variety of settings and for varied purposes. With Kodály-based instructional techniques as a foundation, a framework will be introduced for designing curricula  and choral programs with an emphasis on creativity, reflective practice, engagement,  service and social consciousness. The goals are to develop a singing culture in  which students respect their own role and the role of others; contribute to the culture  of the school in meaningful ways; develop confidence in their creative abilities and become a force for social change.

Dr. Junda is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles at the University of Connecticut. She earned a B.M. from The Hartt School, University of Hartford; M.M.Ed. from Holy Names University, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.



Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Betty Hillmon, Martha Holmes and Mary Epstein:
A Journey Through African-American Music, Jewish/Israeli Songs, and the context in which Americans first brought the Kodály Philosophy from behind the Iron Curtain

This workshop will feature a triumvirate of scholars from our own chapter. Betty Hillmon is considered a primary source for music of the African-American folk music tradition. Martha Holmes will share accessible choral music from the Jewish/Israeli tradition in multiple languages. Mary Epstein will speak about her dissertation regarding the fascinating beginnings of the American Kodály movement. 


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.