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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.

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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!

Friday Find: Great Emotions

Today’s Friday find is a trip down a musical roller coaster. This dramatic visualization was an promotional video for the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and follows the first violin through the opening of the fourth movement to Ferdinand Ries 2nd Symphony.

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Friday Find: Call Me Bottles?

This Friday Find comes to us from KESNE Vice President Keira Brown.

When is popular music appropriate for the classroom? Well, sometimes popular music can be really well done, just because it is popular doesn’t mean it is bad. Sometimes it also makes sense to bring it into the classroom to show how inspired musicians can turn any song into something interesting and impressive.

 

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: Walking on the Air

It is still winter right?

This week’s Friday Find comes from member Jura Litchfield who wrote the following:

“Walking in the Air” comes from the animated movie “The Snowman” which I believe can be found in its entirety on youtube. I found it to be a good example of a movie without words in which the music develops the mood and presents the “sound pictures” that kids can identify, such as a descending melody when the hero descends the stairs, etc.
I have found that the idea of flying above the earth in the song ” Walking in the Air” is a great metaphor for finding one’s head voice.  I find other youtube clips of boys singing this song to demonstrate that it is a song for boys as well as girls.  My experience is that third graders and fourth, too, respond very favorably to this song and are willing to sing it in head voice.

Thanks to Jura for the great suggestions and the great video!

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.

New Service

In an effort to better serve our members, many of whom may be looking for a job, we are now posting information regarding positions that may be favorable for Kodaly trained teachers. If there is a vacancy in your district and you are looking for a Kodaly teacher please send us the information and we will post online.

If you would like to check out current postings click Job Opportunities under our Teacher Resources section in the menu above. We hope that this new feature will help our message of teaching music literacy through authentic folk songs to spread across the state.

Friday Find: Beatboxing Flute?

You do know what beatboxing is, right? If you have never heard of it you probably aren’t alone, but please allow us to blow you mind. Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion taken to a very high level of virtuosity. Beatboxing has it routs in vocal art forms out of Indian bol and Chinese Kouji, both which are thousands of years old. However, modern beatboxing has a much more contemporary influence.

Modern History

Beatboxing’s modern history was pioneered when members of hip-hop groups like Doug E. Fresh. Popular with vocal acappella groups, beatboxing exploded in various vocal circles. Mixing with other influences from hip-hop’s electronic “beat boxes” and turn table like sounds, beatboxing has continued to morph over the years and now even has a form of notation all of its own.

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