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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 🙂

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 kesne.org 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 (asantavenere@kesne.org) and include the subject “Friday Find Suggestion.”

2015-2016 Workshop Registration Now Open!

We are now accepting registration for our 2015-2016 workshop series! For your convenience, 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.)

Take a look at some of this years’ workshops:

carrerasheadshotThis September, we will feature Marcos Carreras, Executive and Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Springfield (CCS) in Massachusetts. He 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. Together we will work through Carreras’s comprehensive plan for teaching choral technique. 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! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

unnamedNovember’s workshop will feature KESNE’s very own Past President (and President Elect for OAKE Eastern Division) Donna Menhart with her dual purpose workshop, “A Double Header with Donna.” First, in “Fun and Games in the Kodály Classrom” 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.

As Assistant Professor of Ear Training at the Hartt School and Level I-III Musicianship Instructor for Kodaly Levels at Capital University in Ohio, Donna presents regularly on Kodály Pedagogy at conferences for local, regional, and national professional music organizations. She is a master teacher and provides a great wealth of knowledge and experience to workshop attendees! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

tim_menu_2We will conclude our workshop season in March (BEFORE your concert season is in full swing! Phew!) with “Kenya Sing & Dance: Music and Movement from East Africa (Part 2) with Tim Gregory. 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.

Since 1998, Tim has been working as an ethnomusicologist among the Kamba people of Kenya. He is also the co-founder of Kenya Connect, a nonprofit organization connecting children globally through correspondence and service learning programs. His enthusiasm and knowledge of East African music is just what you need during those sluggish Winter months! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

wineAnd of course we wouldn’t forget to include KESNE’s annual Sip & Sing on October 23! Over hors d’oeuvres and hot cider we share quality choral literature that is both field tested and proven. This choral reading session costs only $10, and will be held at the home of John and Lillie Feierabend. Costumes encouraged! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

Friday Find: Bottle Boys

This weeks Friday Find comes to us from Stacey Tinker from Glastonbury, CT. What a perfect video after the end of a busy week! Enjoy “Under the Sea” performed by The Bottle Boys!

The Friday Find is a weekly feature of kesne.org 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 contact our Media Secretary via our contact form and include the subject Friday Find Suggestion.

Friday Find: Jacob Collier

Today’s Friday Find was shared with us by Lisa Besman from West Hartford, CT. I have to admit, I’ve seen some videos with people singing layered vocals with themselves, but none have ever been this impressive. He plays all of the instruments too! There is so much to listen to. It really is captivating! Check out “Fascinating Rhythm,” composed by George Gershwin and arranged/performed by Jacob Collier.

The Friday Find is a weekly feature of kesne.org 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 contact our Media Secretary via our contact form and include the subject Friday Find Suggestion.

2014-2015 Workshops Now Open!

We are now accepting registration for our 2014-2015 workshop series. You can view and register for each workshop here. Our registration system has changed slightly and now offers you two ways to pay. Our prefered method is still PayPal, it is easy, fast, and makes it so we can quickly process registrations. However, if you prefer writing us a check or sending us cash in the mail you can now print off your order invoice and send it in the mail with a check.

Here is a taste of some of the workshops we have coming:

Elizabeth Nunez - Guest Clinician

In September we will feature Elizabeth Núñez, Associate Conductor for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. She will be sharing proven techniques for nurturing independent musicians within the choral classroom. In additional, the session will feature actual choral repertoire to demonstrate the teaching techniques for transferring learning from classroom activities into the choral rehearsal.

Any choral teacher looking for some new ideas would benefit from attending this fantastic three hour workshop. (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

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In October you’ll have an opportunity to expand your multi-cultural repertoire with Naomi Cohen’s workshop “Jewish Music to Dance and Sing.” This workshop will not only focus on the repertoire, but the meaning behind the dances and songs and their importance in the Jewish tradition.

Clinician Naomi Katz-Cohen has had extensive experience and training in the folk traditions of the Jewish people. In additions to her Master’s level work on the subject she has presented both regionally and at National conferences on the topic. (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

Susan MisloveWe close out our workshop season in May with Susan Mislove-Donnelly leading a technology workshop “Making the SmartBoard Sing!” This workshop will be at the Western Connecticut State University Campus and we hope our more Western Connecticut members take advantage of this opportunity to see what KESNE is all about. This workshop will show countless tricks to seamlessly integrate interactive technology into your teaching lessons with no prior technology experience required.

Susan began working on a SMART Board over seven years ago and was instantly inspired by the imaginative, innovative and multi-sensory experiences she was able to create for her students. And now she is going to share that knowledge and experience with you. (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

close-up of sheet musicAnd no year would be complete without our annual Sip and Sing, one of our most popular events and a steal at a cost of just $10! This year we have moved the event to Friday, October 10th. Be sure to join us for a fantastic evening of choral reading and socializing at the home of John and Lillie Feierabend. (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

Friday Find: Guerrilla Handbell Strikeforce

Okay – so it is February, I’ll admit this one is a bit late this year, but highly appropriate. Don’t you think that the Salvation would raise so much more money if they trained their ringers with a slightly higher quality bell?

Friday Find Guerrilla Handbell Strikeforce

I personally love how after they are done the Salvation Army worker just stands there for a few seconds before he goes back to ringing his bell.

The Friday Find is a weekly feature of kesne.org 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 contact our Media Secretary via our contact form and include the subject Friday Find Suggestion.

Friday Find: Conduct Us!

Every wonder what would happen if you just allowed anyone to conduct a chamber ensemble? Well that is what Improv Everywhere wondered, and here were the results.

Friday Find - Improve Everywhere Conduct Us

Imagine what this would like like in a world imagined by Kodaly Educators? Not only would each person walking down the street be able to successfully conduct the group with artistry and poise, they might also be able to relieve some of the players as well so that they could get a coffee break.

Hat’s off to the folks of Improv Everywhere for giving some culture back to the world!

The Friday Find is a weekly feature of kesne.org 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 contact our Media Secretary via our contact form and include the subject Friday Find Suggestion.

What are you doing tonight?

Hopefully you have registered for the KESNE Sip and Sing event tonight at 6:00PM at the Feierabend’s home! If you don’t know where the Feierabend’s live here is the address for your GPS.

9 Old Mill Lane
Simsbury, CT 06070

Parking is available on the street as well as in the parking lot directly across from the Feierabend’s home. We hope to see you there!