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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.

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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.)

The Banjos are coming!

Looking for something to do this Saturday? It isn’t too late to sign up for our workshop “Banjos! Banjos! Banjos!” with David Cross and Jeff Rhone. Never played a banjo before? No problem! Come learn the basics of using this folk instrument as a classroom instrument and even make your own for classroom use.

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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.

Win a Complimentary Registration to the OAKE 2014 National Conference!

OAKE has created an initiative to award complimentary conference registrations for each chapter based on newly registered professional members, and KESNE has received one complimentary registration!  KESNE is holding a lottery for any interested KESNE members, and have made it easy to enter.

All you need to is to be a current member of OAKE/KESNE and to complete the form below. You must submit your entry by February 1st. 

This complimentary registration includes the regular conference rate only and does not include additional ticket events. All complimentary registrations must be claimed by February 17th. Once a winner is drawn I will contact the winner with appropriate forms. If you are the winner and have already registered for the conference OAKE will refund your registration fee.

I hope that you will all take advantage of this exciting opportunity and plan to join me in WARM Atlanta this March 20th through 22nd!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

All the best,

Donna Sig

Donna Menhart
KESNE President 2012-2014
menhart@hartford.edu

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NOTE: All requests must be submitted by February 1, 2014. We will draw winners on February 2, 2014 and notify the winners. All winners must be current OAKE/KESNE members to qualify. Complimentary registrations must be claimed by February 17, 2014.

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.

The orchestra described the video as follows: » Read more..

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.