History of NKE: 1995-1996

NKE saw significant growth in 1995 and 1996.  For example, NKE’s first workshop led by a major out-of-state presenter was in early 1996, led by the Folk Dance Master teacher, Sanna Longden.  1995 was also the year that the newsletter, Northwest Passages, began distribution and the now-familiar format of four workshops per year was adopted.

In August of 1995, Kelly Webb-Bamford took over as the second President of NKE.  The rest of the NKE board for 1995-1996 remained stable with past-president Christopher Maddock, Secretary Ann Erickson, and Treasurer Theresa Simons

November 17 & 18, 1995: “Teaching to the National Standards of Music Education”

Workshop led by Kelly Foster-Griffin, Christopher Maddock, Theresa Simons & Kelly Webb-Bamford.

February 9 & 10, 1996: “Multicultural Movement and Dance” with Sanna Longden

Hazel Valley Elementary, Burien, WA

Sanna_Longden_1One of the most enjoyable ways to understand the world’s diverse people is to move to their music “in their own boots, sandals, and moccasins”. Participants will learn teaching strategies and folk dances from around the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, The Middle East, The British Isles, multinational dances of the Jewish people, and all of the Americas.  In addition, they will learn dances that demonstrate musical elements, and explore ways to integrate folk dances with basic curriculum (literature, social studies, and even math!).


Sanna Longden
is a folk dance teacher and performer from Evanston, Illinois.  Since 1964, Sanna has been a member of performing ensembles, including the Brown University Folk Dancers,; International Dancers, Balkanske Igre, and Kiniszi Hungarian Dancers in Chicago; and Zivio of Salt Lake City with whom she toured macedonia and hungary.  She is a member of the Chicago Kodaly and Orff chapters, and has given sessions at the 1995 OAKE national conference as well as seven AOSA national conferences.  Currently, she is writing a book entitled, “Folk Dancing with Style” with Phyllis Weikart, to be published by High/Scope Press.

March 9, 1996: A one day workshop with John Langstaff, co-sponsored with Puget Sound Revels and Seattle Public Schools.  Ingraham high School, Seattle, WA.

March 29 & 30, 1996 – “World Musics: Listening and making Music”

Cathedral Place Hall, St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA.

Musics of the world’s cultures are all around us.  We hear examples of these musics on radio, TV, cassettes, and videos.  We can perform and improvise with them; we can also experiment with options to vary our interactive listening experiences.  So, let’s get together, listen, play, sing, see and move as we travel around the world this weekend.  As an aside, we can clarify some perspectives of these musics, why we are using them in our teaching, and how to help our students become more musically confident in a global setting.  If you want, bring a percussion instrument with you.

Dr. Barbara Lundquist is a music teacher from the Seattle area who has taught at all levels.  She returned last May from teaching introductory and performance courses in world musics on a trip around the world on the S.S. Universe, the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea.  She is currently teaching a class at U.W. on Ethnomusicology in the Schools, writing an invited article for the Bulletin of the Council of Research on Music Education and for the Black Music Research journal.  She is also working with the ISME Advisory Panel on Musics of the World’s Cultures on a world musics source book for educators.

(adapted by Chris Stroh.)

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