2015-2016 Workshops

2015-2016 Workshop Schedule Announced!

Dear BAKE Members:
We are pleased to announce the line-up of workshops and events for the 2015-2016 season:
September 26: Karen Howard- Boston
October 17: Triumvirate Workshop- Boston
November 6-7 Eastern Division Mini-Conference- Lancaster, PA
January 23: Denise Gagne- Boston
March 10-13: OAKE Conference- Long Beach, CA
April 9: Afternoon Chapter Share- Boston



September 26: Karen Howard – Singing Games and Traditions from the African-American Diaspora

Karen Howard

Participants will learn high-energy singing and dance traditions from communities throughout the African and African-diasporic communities (West African, African-American, Puerto Rican, Jamaican…) as well as pedagogical considerations and strategies for school music. Direct applications for Kodály-inspired teaching will be demonstrated and discussed.

Karen Howard
Karen is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas. Karen received her Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from The Hartt School, and her Ph.D. from the Univ. of Washington. She was an elementary music educator and children’s choir director, first in Connecticut and then in Seattle, for 21 years. She has extensive training in multicultural music and dance. Some of the places she has studied include Cuba, Tahiti, Ghana, Turkey, Macedonia, Thailand, Morocco and India. She has presented workshops at the national and international level helping teachers make connections with music of other cultures. Karen was recognized as CMEA’s Elementary Music Educator of the year in 2003.


October 17: Triumvirate Workshop – Kathryn Bach, Susie Petrov, Charlyn Bethell

Katie Bach Headshot

Kathryn O. Bach holds a Bachelors degree from the Hartt School, a MM in Music Education with Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names University and a Fine Arts Director Certificate from Fitchburg State University. Ms. Bach has served on the board of the Northern California Association of Kodaly Educators in charge of the newsletter and merchandise sales and is presently a board member of Boston Area Kodály Educators as the Interim President. On faculty with the Kodaly Music Institute, she has held various positions as pedagogy teacher with Vocal Vacation to Chamber Music Coordinator to Conductor. In 2011, Ms. Bach was recruited by Cambridge, Massachusetts Public School District to teach as part of their growing Kodaly program. Entering her fourth year of teaching at the Peabody School, she is the lead teacher in the enhanced music program for grades JK-2. The Peabody School in Cambridge is home to the pilot daily music program based on the Kodaly Vision of music education being researched by Dr. Martin Gardiner of Brown University. Peabody students will be featured in a documentary sponsored by OAKE called the Cambridge Kodaly Project. Ms. Bach has served as a presenter for Cambridge Public Schools Institute of Excellence, Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Boston Area Kodaly Educators, Kodaly Music Institute and Chorus America Conference 2015.


Susie Petrov Headshot

Susie Petrov has been teaching music to students K-9 in the Kodály tradition since 1984. Folk Dance and movement are a big part of every music class with Susie, coming largely from her early experience as a Scottish Country dancer. She currently teaches K-5 in Winchester, MA. Susie has worked for many years as Summer Co-Director and teacher for the Kodály Music Institute. On weekends and school holidays she performs Scottish music with her ensembles, Local Hero and The Parcel of Rogues. Recent teaching and performing engagements have been at the New Harmony Music Festival and School, Family Week at Pinewoods Camp, Clan Currie’s Pipes of Christmas in New York. Susie plays for country dances anywhere between Oslo, Norway, Oldenberg, Germany, Philadelphia, Montreal and even in Boston!

Charlyn Bethell headshot

After completing a BA in Applied Music and a B Ed in Elementary Vocal Education from Western Washington State University, Charlyn spent two years in Aarhus, Denmark earning a diploma in oboe performance from the State Conservatory in Denmark. She took many evening and summer courses from the Kodaly Center of America, and completed a Kodaly certificate in their first full-academic year program. She taught in the Lexington Waldorf School and is beginning her twenty-eight year teaching general music and chorus at the Willard Elementary School in Concord, MA. She is an endorsed trainer for Education Through Movement, and her master’s degree is from Cambridge College. She has remained an active freelance oboist, and she regularly plays chamber music in Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble and Solar Winds, a woodwind quintet. She is an adjunct oboe instructor at Phillips Andover Academy, and she is a credentialed music leader, serving as the music director at the Unitarian Universalist church, First Parish in Watertown. She has taught in the Kodaly Music Institute since its founding. She has presented several times at: MMEA, OAKE, BAKE, and the Mass Cue Technology Conference.


January 23: Denise Gagne – Singing Games and So Much More!


In this session Denise will teach some of her favorite singing games and activities that will teach and reinforce the fundamentals in your music classes. Extensions to the games will be shared that will help you get your students improvising and creating. We’ll explore how apps and digital resources can be used in conjunction with manipulatives to teach basic concepts reaching all kinds of learners. Denise will share solfa exercises and games that will help your students to become literate musicians.

Denise Gagne is a music specialist with 35 years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to College levels.  Her choirs and bands won many awards at Music Festivals and performed for local and national sporting events, on national radio and even for the Queen.  Denise has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria,  a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Diploma in Music from the University of Auckland (pending), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Kodàly Level 3) from the University of Calgary with Lois Choksy.  She has completed Orff Level 3 and additional Orff training with Cindy Hall, Jay Broeker, Jos Wuytack and Donna Otto.
Denise has served on the boards of the Saskatchwan Music Educators Association, the Saskatchewan Band Association, and served for eight years on the board of the Kodàly Society of Canada.  Denise is currently managing editor of Themes & Variations, preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to Red Deer elementary school music classrooms.


OAKE Eastern Division Fall Tune Up

Fall tune-up Flyer

Tacka Houlahan Tuneup Presentation

Presented by the Eastern Division of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators


November 6 &7, 2015

The Ware Center – Millersville University

Lancaster, PA

Registration and Hotel Information:



Friday Night Feature!

Dr. Philip Tacka & Micheal Houlahan

Realizing Kodaly’s Legacy in the Music Classroom

Saturday Headliner!

Dr. Leigh Ann Garner

Totally Tuned In: Active & Engaging Music Making for All Children

Choral reading session with Georgia Newlin!