Institute News: The Colorado Kodály Institute was held July 15-27, 2013 at Colorado State University’s University Center for the Arts. Twenty-seven students participated, representing seven states and three countries (including California, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, South Korea, and Mexico). Nineteen of the students are enrolled in the Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis degree program at CSU. When Level 1 students tallied up the number of children they teach during the school year, the total head count was: 4, 958! [and that is only Level 1!] This underscores the wide reach of children that the Institute impacts. Comprised of seven members, the CKI faculty each taught coursework in their area of expertise: Amy Abbott, Dwight Bigler, Karla Cherwinski, Bonnie Jacobi, Tanya LeJeune, Ryan Olsen, and Katalin Virágh. Alumna Susie McCollum served as Grading Assistant and Bryan Kettlewell served as Graduate Teaching Assistant. The Institute Choir Concert, held on Friday, July 26, was directed by Dwight Bigler and accompanied by Gay Slade. CSU Graduate Teaching Assistant Laura Marshall accompanied for all Conducting classes.
During Week 1 of the Institute, a Solo Student Recital was held in the Organ Recital Hall. Student performers included: Nicole Aaronson, Jennifer Chengery, Heejin Lee, Kristen Lewis, Scott Morrise, Gabriela Ocadiz, Ryan Parker, Laura Veraldo, and Kathy Ward. Alumni Susie McCollum and Director Bonnie Jacobi also performed. ROCKE Board Members (Lynn Eckert, Carla Aguilar, Jewel Wolfe, Carrie Nicholas, and Jenna Olschlager) provided a delicious home-cooked lunch for CKI students and faculty on Thursday, July 19 and shared information about the organization and about OAKE. Special Topics sessions were presented by Amy Abbott (Play Parties), Dwight Bigler (Choir Rehearsal Strategies), Karla Cherwinski (Folk Dancing), and Guest Presenter Nancy Glen from the University of Northern Colorado (History of Play Parties).
This year’s Institute also included a 3-day teaching practicum, “Kodály for Kids Days,” in which Institute students taught children from Kodály Alumni music classrooms within the Poudre School District. CSU Undergraduate students in Music Education (according to grade level). Nicole Jensen and Sam Hood, also led folk dancing, singing games, piano keyboard, and instrument crafts before the children toured the CSU Art Museum and participated in a Scavenger Hunt.
Finally, the Colorado Kodály Institute Concert was held on Friday, July 26, 2013. Each Levels class presented an original Solfège Demonstration (directed by Katalin Virágh) and entertained the audience with humorous musical skits. Following, the Institute Choir presented an enjoyable, well-prepared program of repertoire directed by Dwight Bigler: “Laudate Nomen” (Carlyle Sharpe), Lasciatemi Morire (Claudio Monteverdi), “Brauner Bursche” (Johannes Brahms), “The Evening Primrose” (Benjamin Britten), and “Mother to Son” (Dwight Bigler). The CKI Faculty were formally introduced onstage to the audience and remarks were offered by Bonnie Jacobi, Director, and Lynn Eckert, President of ROCKE (Regional Organization of Colorado Kodály Educators). Certificates were presented to students completing Levels 1 and 2, while the following Level 3 students received plaques to acknowledge their National Kodály Certification: Thomas Chen, Jennifer Chengery, Alexandria Hayes, Kate Klotz, Jennifer Kozlowski, and Myra Owens. Congratulations to these students for their hard work over the past three years! Cole Blume (Level 2) received an Outstanding Student Award. The evening ended ceremoniously with the Institute Choir and CKI Alumni singing “Harmonia Mundi,” conducted by Level 3 student Kate Klotz.
We are extremely proud of all that our students accomplished during the 2013 Institute and look forward to hearing about how their K-12 students respond to the things they have learned! Special thanks to the CKI Faculty who made the 2013 Institute such a success. We look forward to an exciting fall in Colorado with several special upcoming events: ROCKE Workshop September 7 (Sue Leithold-Bowcock/Assessment), CSU Aries Composition Festival October 26 (Composer Michael Colgrass/Teaching Kids to Improvise), and National AOSA Conference November 13-16 in Denver. Applications are being accepted for CSU’s M.M. in Music Education Kodály Emphasis degree program (a summer-residency program with online coursework during the school year). Levels 1-3 comprise half of the degree requirements. Apply by October 1 for Spring Admittance. Contact: Bonnie Jacobi, firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 491-3106. Web site: http://www.music.colostate.edu/divisions/music-education-kodaly
Thom Borden, a music educator with expertise in Orff, Kodaly, and children's literature was our first presenter of our 2012-2013 season. The workshop was held August 25, 2012 at CSU in the instrumental hall in the UCA.
Throughout the workshop, we were actively moving, playing instruments, dancing, singing, enjoying childrens' literature, and making music.
Some of our favorites activities of Thom's are: Possum Come a-Knockin' with recorders, the Ribbon Dance, Cookie's Week, Queen Caroline canon, Rain Compositions, and Give me Your Hand.
Thom maintains a music blog with many manipulative ideas. You can find a wealth of information for your classrooms. Check it out! http://thomborden.blogspot.com/
We started our school year off with a bang! Our joint ROCKE & CSU workshop was well attended and packed with information and useable ideas to take back to our classrooms. Karla Cherwinski (also our CKI level 3 teacher) from Ohio was our presenter. She teaches 800-900 students in her school, which is a K-2 school.
Karla received a grant for a SMARTBoard in her classroom, and frequently uses it in her music lessons. She finds that the students are actively engaged, can receive immediate feedback, and love to interact with the technology. She guided us through the SMARTBoard basics, we saw interactive tools in the gallery, and many ways to prepare and practice concepts. We were able to add some new songs to our repertoire such as "Sasha," "Mrs, Murphy's Chowder," "Rabbit and the Possum," and "We are Dancing in the Forest."
Karla reading "Little Green" by Keith Baker. She uses this book in kindergarten for pitch exploration and collaborates with the art teacher.
A fun song for voice exploration and high & low is "I Can't Pay the Rent" (see video).
Karla uses "fireworks" on her SMARTBoard as positive reinforcement when students get a correct answer. http://www.maylin.net/fireworks2.html
"SMART Exchange" is an online sharing site where you can download ready-made lessons. Music teachers are starting to post more and more, and Karla has found some fantastic lessons there. She found a koosh ball game, some rhythm assessment files, and melodic patterns assessment lesson with audio clips. To go to the website: http://exchange.smarttech.com/index.html
Our next workshop will be October 29th with Leigh Ann Garner at Trinity United Methodist Church in Downtown Denver. There will be board nominations and a soup lunch.