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Register for our 2016-2017 Workshops!

It is hard to believe that another school year is upon us, and with that of course, is your opportunity to register for our 2016-2017 workshops! We have a fabulous line-up this year that you do not want to miss! If you like what you see, you may view and register for each workshop via our website using PayPal by clicking here. If you prefer writing us a check or sending us cash in the mail, you can print off your order invoice and send it in the mail with a check.

Here’s a sneak peek at this years’ workshops: 

Meredith Neumann – Engaging Students, Engaging Audiences

neumannheadshotOur opening choral workshop will feature Meredith Neumann, who will share how she gets her singers to respond to and engage with music through expressive movement and cohesive programming.  Attendees will learn how to encourage singers not just to be musicians, but to be artists!  Together we will look into the challenge of programming quality repertoire that speaks to children AND audiences of the 21st century.  We will also learn how to bring the music to life through focused and meaningful movement that enhances the experience for all. This choral workshop is a fabulous way to kick off the start of the school year as teachers begin to prep and plan their repertoire for up coming concerts. Choral packets will be given out as well!

(For more details or to register for this workshop, click here!)

Sip & Sing Choral Reading

After the start of your school year has settled down a bit, we invite you to attend an evening of choral reading and socializing singingbypianoat the home of John and Lillie Feierabend! Over hors d’oeuvres and ‘vino,’ we will share quality choral literature that is both field tested and proven! This choral reading session costs only $10 (less than the cost of the music you will be receiving in the packet). Join us to catch up and connect with fellow music educators! Honestly, what could be better?!

(For more details or to register for this event, click here!)

Mary Ellen Junda -Broadside Ballads:  Social Consciousness in Song

In November, we will have Mary Ellen Junda present her exciting and interactive workshop that will explore the intricacies of song composition and social consciousness drawn from past events that reflect the effects of social, political and cultural change through the presentation of her “ballad project.” This presentation and project shows students of all ages to the power of song amejundas a vehicle for responding to events or conditions that are infused with strong feelings and opinions through  collaboration to achieve artistic goals, the role of music as an ex
pression of social justice and social consciousness, intricacies of the relationship between melody and lyrics, and use of visuals to enhance the performance experience and power of song as voices are joined together with a common purpose.

Dr. Junda will share her process in detail from the preparatory activities through the creation of the final compositions and broadsides. Participants will work in groups to experience firsthand how the song-writing process develops, evolves and is shared. Those attending should bring computers, tablets, guitars and accompanying instruments to be fully immersed in this artistic collaborative creative process!

(For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

Spring Workshop – The Best of the OAKE National Conference

And last but certainly not least we invite you to join the members of the KESNE Board and other educators in a round table discussion as we share our biggest take away moments from the 2017 OAKE National Conference. If you couldn’t make the conference, or even if you just didn’t get to all of the sessions you wanted to, join us as we share and discuss the big themes and insights we had from the conference.

(For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

See? I told you this would be a great line-up! Now, GO REGISTER and we look forward to seeing you very soon 🙂

“Kenya Sing & Dance: Music and Movement from East Africa (Part 2)” with Tim Gregory This Saturday!

tim_menu_2Are you ready to shake off those winter time blues? Interested in hearing, singing, and moving to authentic folk music from East Africa? Then don’t miss out on our FINAL WORKSHOP of the 2015-2015 school year! Come join us Saturday, March 5 from 9 am to 12 pm at the University of Hartford to see Tim Gregory present this fantastic workshop!

Since 1998, Tim Gregory has been making regular pilgrimages to Wamunyu, a village in Eastern Kenya, to collect children’s songs. One inspiring and fascinating aspect of the music from this village is that it is created where music is not a regular part of the school curriculum. Songs are passed down from older students to the younger ones, after school on their own time as well as in their homesteads. Tim feels this is one of the purest forms of folk music he has experienced in his many world travels. This workshop highlights choral works based on Tim’s work in Kenya.

About the Clinician

Tim Gregory is the director of Nada Brahma Productions. Since 1991, he has been providing world music and dance cultural arts programs in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and serves on the Maryland State Arts Council roster.  Tim also works nationally with ACDA and Kodaly organizations offering seminars and collaborations with youth choirs. Since 1998, Tim has been conducting field research among the Kamba people of Kenya. He shares his experiences through his self-published DVD package Kenya Sing & Dance, and the Kenya Sing & Dance Choral Series, published by Hal Leonard. Tim is also the co-founder and former executive director of Kenya Connect, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting children globally through correspondence and service learning programs.

To register for this event or find more information, please click here.

Friday Find: Classical Music Mashup

A Friday Find (posted on a Tuesday)!

This video takes recognizable themes from composers and combines them to make one VERY cool song! Share with your kiddos to practice following the contour of melody, introducing musical themes, or just for fun! Enjoy!

The Friday Find is a weekly feature of and features videos that would appeal to music educators, folk historians, and music lovers in general. You can view an archive of our Friday Finds here. If you would like to suggest a Friday Find please email our Media Secretary ( and include the subject “Friday Find Suggestion.”

Lillie Feierabend Presenting in Stamford on 2/6!

This workshop is being presented through the CAIS (CT Assoc of Independent Schools).

We are pleased to share that Lillie Feierabend will be presenting on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9 to 11 AM at the Children’s School in Stamford, CT. Through careful listening and using their first instruments—their own voices—children develop their musical abilities. This workshop will demonstrate how to sing, move and incorporate music into the teaching day. For more information about this workshop and the presenter, please visit the CAIS website by clicking here.

Happy Holidays!

Hello KESNE Friends & Followers!

By now many of you are prepping for your Winter Concerts and scrambling to finish up your holiday shopping! After the concert is over and the dust has settled (or should we say snow?), treat yourself by registering for our final workshop of the 15-16 school year!  If you haven’t yet registered, or would like more information, please click here. Happy Holidays from all of us on the KESNE board!

Have you signed up yet?

We are exactly two weeks away from a fantastic workshop with Donna Menhart, in fact, this is two workshops in one! Come see Past-President of KESNE demonstrate why Kodály isn’t just for elementary school as she shares how she continues to use songs, dances, and games all the way through college.

As if that wasn’t enough, Donna will then take us through the work that OAKE has commissioned as part of the Ruth Boshkoff Prize in honor of Zoltán Kodály. If you haven’t been a regular attendee at the OAKE National conference you have missed some fantastic new music and this will be a great way to catch up.

Click here to register today!

“Double Header With Donna” November 21!

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This dual-purpose workshop will feature two sessions presented by Donna. First, in “Fun and Games in the Kodály Classroom” we’ll move to chants and songs from the United States and other countries, experiencing level-specific modifications and variations for a traditional classroom space filled with desks.

Then, in “Celebrating Contemporary Choral Compositions in Honor of Zoltan Kodály” we will celebrate five Ruth Boshkoff Prize choral works commissioned by the OAKE from 2011-2015. Attendees will walk through a pedagogical analysis and discuss literacy concepts for each piece, sequencing common rhythmic and melodic elements, and enjoy singing and viewing excerpts of the OAKE National Honors Choirs world premiere performances.

About the Clinician

Donna Menhart is Assistant Professor of Ear Training (Kodály) at The Hartt School, University of Hartford and the Level I-III Musicianship instructor for the Kodály Certification program at the Kodály Institute at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She was Director of the Treble Choir for grades 5-8 and the high school Bel Canto Choir at St. Andrew Church from 2004-2013, and since 2006 has successfully coached young singers for participation in the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Honors Choirs.

Donna is currently President Elect for the Eastern Division of OAKE and Past President of the Kodály Educators of Southern New England (KESNE), and has served on the KESNE Board since 2008. Donna is published in the Kodály Envoy of OAKE and the Bulletin of the International Kodály Society, and presents on Kodály Pedagogy at local, regional, national and international conferences, including the 21st and 22nd International Kodály Symposia, in Kecskemét, Hungary in 2013, and in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015.

To register for this event or find more information, please click here.

KESNE’s Annual Fall Sip & Sing!

Eating and sipping and singing, OH MY!!!

sipnsingFall is officially upon us and the KESNE board is gearing up for our annual Sip & Sing to be held on October 23 from 6-9 PM! For those who have never attended, please consider joining us for an evening of eating, drinking and of course singing at the home of John and Lillie Feierabend! Choral packets will be available to all attendees that are tested and approved by the KESNE board. Don’t miss out on the fun (and pumpkin treats)! Only $10 to register! Hope to see you there!

To register for this event or to find out more information, please click HERE.

There’s Still Time to Register for This Weekend’s Choral Workshop!

carrerasheadshotIt’s not to late to register for our 2015-2016 opening choral workshop! Don’t miss out on Marcos Carreras presenting, “21st Century Choral Techniques – Process, Product & Pride,” Saturday, September 19 from 9-12 at the Hartt School in West Hartford. In this workshop, Marcos Carreras will share his philosophy and techniques of choral pedagogy. We’ll discuss engaging performers and audience through authentic performance, based on repertoire selection, text significance, and presentation. Choral directors attending will work through Carreras’s comprehensive plan for teaching choral technique – from ear training and intonation to diction, harmony and movement. We’ll also discuss the process of commissioning new works for your ensembles. This workshop content is a great way to start the school year, for choral directors at any level who wish to spark their students’ passion for singing! Don’t delay! Registration closes on Thursday, September 17. We look forward to seeing you there! As always, please feel free to message us by clicking on the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page if you have any questions.

To register for this event or to find out more information about this workshop and the presenter, please click HERE.