Past Workshops

NCAKE 40th Anniversary Celebration

August 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Holy Names University

3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland

This year, NCAKE celebrates 40 years of music-making, inspiration, and community. We hope you will join us for our 40th anniversary celebration! Join us for a retrospective of NCAKE's history, fun songs and games with NCAKE members, and a chance to socialize with fellow music educators. A great opportunity to strengthen our ties as a community, catch up with old friends and learn about NCAKE's history as we look ahead to the future!


NCAKE Workshops: 2018-2019


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019 9:30 AM- 1 PM


Local treasure Melanie DeMore is a musical force, empowering singers of all ages to use music to promote social justice. She will introduce us to musical practices and songs from the Georgia sea islands along with other music from the African-American tradition, and inspire us with the power of music to build community.
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April 6, 2019 9:30 am -1 pm

Burlingame United Methodist Church

Singing is fun! (And learning is sneaky!): Using Kodály-inpired teaching strategies in the choral rehearsal to infuse musical learning while instilling joy and love of music making.

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Singing the Struggle: Agustín Lira & Patricia Wells


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 @ 3 pm

Community Music Center: 544 Capp Street San Francisco

Agustín Lira was the musical voice of the farmworkers’ movement in the 1960’s. Join us for a rare opportunity to hear this national treasure perform and share historical background about music that shaped California history.

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Choral Repertoire with Teaching Strategies

Joyce Keil and Kent Jue
Saturday, February 3, 2018  9:30 am -1 pm

Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA

Two experienced choral directors will share some of their favorite repertoire for children’s choirs and will present with teaching strategies for these pieces. Joyce Keil, co-founder and artistic director of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, will present repertoire for middle school treble voices, and Kent Jue, associate artistic director, will present repertoire for elementary-aged choirs. The workshop will also include the selections for the mass choir of the 2018 HNU/NCAKE Children’s Choral Festival, enabling choral directors to prepare their choirs for participation in the festival. This workshop will be an inspiring opportunity to learn from two music educators with years of experience creating beautiful music with young singers.

Little Feet, Big Beats: Music for Early Childhood

Kate Offer and Kevin Gerzevitz
Saturday, April 14, 2018  9:30 am -1 pm

Pacific Primary School
1500 Grove St, San Francisco, CA

Young children fundamentally need to play, sing, and move. This workshop aims to explore kid-tested material that fulfills those needs while discussing concrete strategies for working with children ages 3-5. We will discover how to adapt songs and games with different age groups; how to design activities that embrace repetition; and how to develop fundamental musicianship skills while fostering creativity in the preschooler.

Please note that the ideas presented in this workshop will be full of valuable ideas for all early childhood educators, so please invite classroom teachers!

Presenters Kate Offer and Kevin Gerzevitz are full-time music specialists at Pacific Primary School in San Francisco.

¡Cantamos Juntos! Mexican Music for the Classroom

Featuring a special performance by Cascada de Flores
Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:30 am -1 pm

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
339 11th Street, Richmond, CA

Kick off your school year with a wealth of Latin American repertoire presented by the Bay Area’s Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga. Arwen and Jorge are lifelong performers, travelers, and educators, committed to sharing music and culture with students around the world, who are excited to share “tried and true” materials with you. The workshop will close with a free performance by Arwen and Jorge’s professional ensemble: Cascada de Flores performing nostalgic song and traditions of Mexico and its neighbors –invite your family and friends!

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