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.)

Fall Tune-up 2015

TUNEUPFLYER

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

(see wcsu.edu for directions)


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.

Workshop Tomorrow, 11/15!

Naomi Cohen_01 (1)Happy Friday, eveyone! Just as a reminder, TOMORROW we will be holding a wonderful workshop with Naomi Cohen (“Jewish Music to Dance and Sing”) in Berkman recital hall at The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT. This workshop will not only focus on the repertoire, but the meaning behind the dances and songs and their importance in the Jewish tradition. If you have not already registered, you may do so online OR at the door! Hope to see you there! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

Clinician Naomi Katz-Cohen has had extensive experience and training in the folktraditions 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.

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.

Friday Find: Langley Ukelele Ensemble – Bad Moon Rising

I love playing the ukelele, and use it in my classroom very often. The kids think I am a rockstar, but really, the ukelele is both an easy instrument to play, teach, and learn!

Langley Ukulele Ensemble - Bad Moon Rising

This video can serve as a great source of inspiration, possibly for middle school general music teachers. Selecting songs like “Bad Moon Rising,” can serve as a great platform for teaching music history, and help teach your students to sing and accompany themselves while learning to be a part of a performance ensemble. Check out “Langley Ukelele Ensemble” videos for more ukelele classic rock renditions. Instant good mood!

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.)

Naomi Cohen_01 (1)

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.

Sign up today!

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.