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“Double Header With Donna” November 21!

unnamedWhat a great workshop and fantastic presenter!

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.

Spring Workshop in Danbury May 2

Susan MisloveSusan Mislove-Donnelly: Making the SMART Board Sing!



May 2, 9am – noon

Visual/Performing Arts Center, Choral Rehearsal Room

Westside Campus of Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT

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This exciting and informative workshop is designed for all K-12 classroom, vocal and instrumental music teachers. All levels of experienced SMART Board users are welcome. Beginner technology users will leave with a comprehensive introduction to this amazing technology, while more advanced users will gain concrete lesson ideas to put into practice. Teachers will walk away with quick and easy tips to create dynamic and fun SMART board lessons that can be used, saved, repeated or improved upon for years to come. This workshop will especially appeal to teachers who value multi-sensory experiences for their students, while also creating opportunities for high-levels of student interaction.  Please know, you do not need to have prior experience on a SMART Board to join in on the fun!

About the Clinician
Susan Mislove Donnelly is entering her 17th year teaching K-4 general music at The Spence School in New York City. She holds a B.Mus. in Education and M.M. in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. Susan received her Kodály Certification from the New York University Kodály Summer Program and Level II Orff Certification from the Trevor Day School in NYC. In addition, Susan has completed levels 1 and 2 in Responsive Classroom, an approach to teaching that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth within a strong and safe school community.
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. Along with her fellow music colleague at Spence, Susan helped transform their K–4 curriculum into SMART Notebook ready lessons. They adapted many of her traditional lessons (music literacy, history, instruments, etc.) to become engaging, interactive SMART Board experiences. Over the past 5 years Susan has assisted other schools in redesigning music curriculum into “SMART- ready” lessons, as well as sharing her passion of technology in music education in workshops around the country.