Our fall workshop featured presentations on Spanish American singing games and folk songs, Activity Centers for small group work (which were also great for substitute lessons!), and songs and games for those snowy days with no recess. There was also a cross-curricular presentation on enriching children's books and stories with songs and instruments. The presenters were Amy Cyman, Nick Holland, Amy Branum Huggins, Eileen Keck, Rachel Kerchner, Lauren McDougle, and Angela Pope.
The presenters at "The Complete Music Teacher," our winter workshop, spoke on a wide variety of musical topics. Our morning solfa presenter summed up the day nicely with an overview of Zoltan Kodály's essay, "Who Is A Good Musician?". We spent the day developing a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand. Singing games, dances, and musical transitions for the classroom were covered, and the afternoon was spent delving into accessible, but truly rich and beautiful choral octavos. Our presenters for the day were Andrew Johnson, Nick Holland, Amy Branum Huggins, Lauren McDougle, and Dr. Alyson Shirk.
Our final Spring workshop is on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. There is no registration free, and breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge, just be sure to sign up online so we know how many lunches to order. You can RSVP online at http://loyola.edu/soe/academics/graduate/kodaly/workshops/form - we look forward to seeing you there!