Cancelled: Introduction to Kodály Methodology

In light of the recent COVID-19 crisis, we are cancelling this workshop.
Please look for this workshop next year and feel free to email with any questions.

Important 2019-2020 Dates

Save the Date: March 5-8, 2020

OAKE 2020

Portland, Oregon 
| March 5 – 8, 2020 

The 2020 National OAKE Conference, celebrating Kodály’s vision in the 21st Century, will be hosted in Portland, OR! Save the date and plan to attend this wonderful event being hosted in NWKE’s backyard.

More information can be found here!

For information on past workshops, check out The NWKE Historian.

Completed Workshops This Year:

Fall Workshop – “Hook, Line and Sinker: Catching the Attention of Older Learners in the Music Room” with Amy Abbott
Springbrook Elementary School, Kent | September 21, 2019 | 9am-3pm

Catching and maintaining the attention of upper elementary students can be a challenging and daunting task. But if you “bait your hook” just right you’ll soon have them eating out of your hand! In this session, we learned instructional strategies, pedagogical materials, and ways to build student rapport in order to gain and maintain the engagement rate of upper elementary students. Song material, singing games, reading activities, pacing ideas, lesson structure and delivery, and building trust and relationships with your students are among many of the topics that will be addressed as ways to increase student participation, ownership, and joy in the music classroom.

Thank you Amy for a wonderful workshop!

NWKE Member Sharing and Make & Take
Adams Elementary, Spokane Valley, WA | October 5, 2019

This October we held our NWKE Chapter Sharing Workshop with a Make & Take in Spokane, Washington!

Local Kodály members shared wisdom and featured some great games and songs for older grades, strategies for primary students, incorporating Kodály concepts into choral settings, and a make-and-take beat chart that you can use in many different ways!

NWKE Equity Book Study:
During our lunch break at the workshop on October 5th in Spokane, NWKE held their book study kick off! NWKE is hosting a book study group to read and discuss Glenn Singleton’s “Courageous Conversations” book about addressing racial inequity in schools with bravery, passion, self-reflection, and knowledge.
If you’re not able to attend either workshop, but you want to participate, contact us at

NWKE Annual Choral Workshop, featuring local presenters!
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA | January 18, 2020 9am – 3pm
Nickerson Studios, Seattle Pacific University
340 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98119

This year the choral workshop took place on January 18th, at Seattle Pacific University.

There were many different local presenters providing their resources and strategies for creating a successful Kodály inspired music environment in the choral classroom.  Topics included vocal health, sight-singing activities, and incorporating musicianship skills building into learning choral octavos.