Hook, Line and Sinker
Catching the Attention of Upper Elementary Students

This Live Session has ended. If you are interested in a link to the video recording (which will remain active until September 24) please register as usual, and we will send you the link within twenty-four hours!

Amy Abbott is in her 23rd  year of teaching elementary music with the past 20 years having been in the St. Vrain Valley School district.  She received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained her masters in music education with a Kodály emphasis from Colorado State University.  She has Kodály certifications from Portland State University, where she studied with Jill Trinka, Susan Brumfield, Vicki Loebell & Sean Dëibler and from Colorado State University, where she studied with Sue Litehold-Bowcock, Gabor Viragh and Ann Eisen.  She has presented sessions at multiple OAKE conferences, the Colorado Music Educators State Conferences, Oregon Arts Alliance State Conference, many OAKE chapters including AKTS, CAKE, KEGA, KET, KEWT, KMEK, LUCKE, MTAKE, NCAKE, NPKC, OKE PKSOR, ROCKE, SWOKE, TRIKE, as well as professional development of Amarillo ISD, Bakersfield MEA, Fort Bend ISD and St. Vrain Valley School Districts.  She is also the level 2 pedagogy, folksong and analysis Kodály teacher at Colorado State University.

Additionally, she has served on the ROCKE board for over 7 years as President, Secretary and Member-at-Large.  She was the co-chair for the OAKE 2020 National Conference.  In addition to teaching general music at Red Hawk elementary in Erie she also teaches a 4/5 choir and a 4/5 musical each spring.  When not teaching she loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter, cross stitching, blogging (http://www.musicalaabbott.com) and creating for her TpT store: Amy Abbott at Music a la Abbott.


Anne Laskey

This is the Way You Build a Bridge
Using Repertoire to Teach Musical Concepts

Saturday, February 25, 2023
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Breakfast and on-site registration begins at 8:30 am
Lunch options are available on-site
A recording of this session will be made available until March 4, 2023

Mountain Sunrise Academy
1802 East 145 North
Saratogo Springs, Utah 84045

Anne Laskey, Professor Emerita of Music at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, retired in 2015 as director of the Kodály Center for Music Education where she taught pedagogy, practicum and folk music and supervised student teaching in neighboring schools for over 20 years.  Anne holds an M.A. in Music from Claremont Graduate University, and a Kodály Specialist Certificate from Holy Names.  Her previous positions include 12 years as Music Specialist at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco and five years as Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Boys Chorus.  She served three terms on the Organization of American Kodály Educators board, most recently as Higher Education Representative, and was the national program chair for the 2004 OAKE Conference in San Francisco.  Anne received OAKE’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2008, and HNU’s Faculty Award in 2011.  She is continuing research for HNU’s online American Folk Song Collection, which she co-created with Gail Needleman.  


Minami Cohen

Uta gokoro
The Heart of Songs

Breakfast and on-site registration begins at 8:30 am
Lunch options are available on-site
A recording of this session will be made available until April 22, 2023

Mountain Sunrise Academy
1802 East 145 North
Saratogo Springs, Utah 84045

How can we introduce materials from an unfamiliar tradition in a culturally responsive way so that students can make connections and appreciate the music? How can we build more affirming, collaborative and equitable Kodály-inspired classrooms with students? A native of Okinawa, Japan, Minami will share songs and games from her childhood as well as the culture and history of Japan and Okinawa through her musical heritage.

A native of Okinawa, Japan, Minami earned her B.A in Music Ed. from the University of the Ryukyus, and M.M. in Music Ed. with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University (HNU). She teaches elementary music and high school choir for the Hayward Unified School District, Kodály Musicianship at HNU Preparatory Music Department, as well as her role as Kodály Summer faculty and credential program instructor at HNU. She is a past President of the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators, and a member of the Equity committee for the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She strives to promote quality music education and make it accessible to all students and educators alike. Minami’s passion and interests include sharing the music of her cultural heritage and the topic of Social Emotional Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching in music classrooms. She’s the recipient of the 2020 Young Alumni Award from HNU, and has presented workshops and presentations around the U.S. and abroad including IKS Symposium, OAKE National Conferences, and chapter workshops.


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