Emily Evans, the choir teacher at New Braunfels Middle School, presented at the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) conference in Chicago, Illinois during Spring Break.

Evans presented on the topic of Starting the Year Strong: Building Literacy from Rehearsal Number One. The session provide an exploration intow ways to engage and enhance reading skills in the choral rehearsal from the beginning of the school year. Evans also presented strategies to meet singers where they are and push them where they need to be to become strong readers using a variety of literacy methods with a Kodály-centered approach.

The Kodály Concept is

  • Is a philosophy of education and a concept of teaching.
  • Is a comprehensive program to train basic musical skills and teach the reading and writing of music.
  • Is an integration of many of the best ideas, techniques, and approaches to music education.
  • Is an experience-based approach to teaching.