I started this school year thinking about music education as a bridge, connecting the students in our community. As I had the chance to meet other teachers at conferences like CASMEC and OAKE this year, it was inspiring to me to see how NCAKE brings together educators working in so many different situations, changing the lives of thousands of people every day. Hearing about their experiences has inspired me about how we might continue to reach out further in the coming years.
Gail Needleman received the Organization of American Kodaly Educators’ Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2018 OAKE National Conference in Oklahoma City. Gail has been a faculty member at Holy Names University since 1998 and has taught both graduate courses in the Kodály Center and undergraduate musicianship and theory classes.
“A little seed for me to sow/A little soil to make it grow.” Musical experiences in early childhood are truly the “seed” that grows into a lifelong love of music making. Young children need to sing, move, dance, play and be creative! NCAKE’s spring workshop, titled “Little Feet, Big Beats: Music for Early Childhood” featured two presenters who are expert early childhood music teachers; they shared an inspiring day packed full of songs, games, and movement activities for our very youngest students.
This time of year is filled with new beginnings and we have many of them here at NCAKE. With your input, we have a brand new logo design that celebrates our region. One of the most beneficial outcomes of this process was taking some time to think about what makes our work meaningful.
Toni specialized in the folklore of songs, and HNU students were inspired by her stories of the characters and settings reflected in each folk song. She is widely known as the editor of Sail Away: 155 American Folk Songs to sing, read and play, compiled from some of her favorite folk songs in the Holy Names Collection.