Upcoming Workshops


Dr. Donna Gallo, “Creative Thinking in Kodály-inspired Instruction”

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018: 9AM to 1PM

Brady Educational Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Registration is $45 for OAKE members and $50 for non-members.  Current college students attend FREE.  Pre-register online here.

Session description:

When developing lessons to foster elementary students’ musical creativity, it is imperative to think deeply about the purposes of the creative experiences. Are these tasks geared more towards manipulating musical concepts learned in class such as melodic elements or rhythmic durations, or do they allow for more freedom and flexibility? While Kodály’s pedagogical approach emphasizes the importance of musical creativity, examples found in Kodály-inspired literature are often highly structured with several parameters or criteria. Many musical parameters can potentially stifle students’ ability to create something novel and unique, but these guidelines may also be liberating to some students and may engender more cohesive musical works. Participants in this workshop will experience a continuum of highly structured to loosely structured creative music making activities. These engagements are designed to act as catalysts
for students to apply musical knowledge and skills developed both within and outside of school settings.

Participants will engage in improvisation and composition through singing, playing
instruments, and movement. Example activities include:1) using harmonic structures of song literature as foundations for vocal improvisation; 2) creating movement compositions that promote intentional expressive movement while also affording flexibility and choice; 3) examining starting places for engaging in Hip-Hop practices and considering Hip-Hop ethics in creative musical practices; and 4) creating music through multiple means such as body percussion, singing, or playing instruments with inspiration from poetry, children’s literature, and/or visual art.

Presenter bio:

Dr. Donna Gallo is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she teaches courses in elementary general music, curriculum, teaching students with exceptionalities, and assessment. Her research interests include music teacher professional development, culturally responsive music teaching, and critical service learning in preservice teacher education. Gallo’s research has been published in Music Education Research, the Journal of Research in Music Education, and The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Prior to her appointment at the University of Illinois, she was on faculty at Westminster Choir College where she also coordinated the Kodály Certification program. Gallo taught K-6 general/choral music in Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) and in Simsbury Public Schools (CT). She received her Ph.D. in music education from Northwestern University and is a graduate of Silver Lake College (MME), Indiana University (BME), and the Kodály Institute in Kesckemét, Hungary where she was awarded the International Kodály Society Scholarship. Gallo has presented research at numerous national and international conferences, and she regularly presents at regional and national practitioner conferences such as OAKE, AOSA, and NAfME.  She also served as an editor for the AOSA Echo (2012-2016).


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CANCELLED: Dr. Marla Butke, “Blending Dalcroze Eurhythmics into the Kodály Classroom”

Saturday, April 27th: 9AM to 1PM

Brady Educational Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Registration is $45 for OAKE members and $50 for non-members.  Current college students attend FREE.  Pre-register online here.

Session description:

This session will allow participants to experience the core components of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. The Dalcroze approach can be effectively blended with the Kodály philosophy to enhance the preparation and practice stages of musical concept learning. Movement activities focusing on rhythmic integrity and expressiveness will be presented. Folk song applications, assessment, piano improvisation, space limitations, and classroom management issues will also be addressed.