"Uta gokoro - The Heart of Songs"
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.
Saturday, February 26th, 2022
9 AM - 1 PM (8:30 AM Registration)
ASU Gammage, Choir Room 301
1200 S. Forest Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Come experience, grow and learn from Local educators in the Orff and Kodály Communities!
Our Jan 22nd Chapter Share has been postponed to April 2nd.
9 AM - 1 PM (8:30 AM Registration)
Kyrene de las Manitas Elementary School
1201 W. Courtney Ln.
Tempe, AZ 85284
"Kodály Here, There and Everywhere! Joyful Activities for a Variety of Settings"
Need some fresh ideas for your In-Person or Zoom classroom? Need to bring some musical joy to yourself and your students? Come prepared for a mix of active and engaging music making activities for various age levels and formats.
Saturday, September 25th, 2021
9 AM-12 PM via Zoom
Dr. Liza Meyers currently serves as Assistant Professor of Vocal/General Music Education at Eastern Illinois University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, supervises student teachers, and serves as co-coordinator of the MA Music Education program. Prior to her appointment at Eastern Illinois, Dr. Meyers was Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University in Ohio and taught as an adjunct instructor at Adelphi University in New York. She holds both Orff and Kodály certifications, studied at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary, and has taught musicianship and pedagogy since 2004 in graduate-level Kodály certification courses in AZ, KY, AL, AR, and MO. Through a Japan Fulbright Scholarship, she studied music, education, and culture in Tokyo and Shiogama, Japan, spending time in local schools there.
During her 17 years of public school teaching experience, Dr. Meyers worked with babies/ preschool music, general music, choir, and music technology students in OH, AZ and NY in a variety of settings. She frequently presents workshops at the national, state, and local level, as well as in-services for practicing teachers. Her workshops have included topics such sight-singing and ear training, world music, creative movement, improv and composition, Kodály and Orff in the music classroom, and integrating music and the arts into other core subjects. Dr. Meyers currently serves as Treasurer for the Central Illinois Kodály Educators (CILKE) chapter. She was previously AKTS President and was the Western Division President as well as National Program Chair for the 2012 OAKE national conference in Phoenix.
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 choir for the Hayward Unified School District, Kodály Musicianship at HNU Preparatory Music Department, as well as her role as Kodály Summer musicianship faculty and coordinator at HNU. She serves as President of the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators, and a member of the Equity committee for 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.
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