NCAKE Workshops: 2017-2018


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.

Past Workshops

¡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!