“Away Rio”: Song of the Month – November/2021

November 1, 2021

Away, Rio was a capstan or windlass chantey, used for taking in the anchor. It was often the first song sung on an outward-bound voyage (commonly undertaken in November), and was popular on both British and American ships. This performance is part of the Library of Congress’s online collection, California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties. It was performed by Captain Leighton Robinson, who remained active in the San Francisco maritime community after his retirement, teaching young people to sail and to sing shanties. He participated in the community effort to save the sailing ship Balclutha, which now hosts hands-on educational activities at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

“The Old Chisholm Trail”: Song of the Month – October/2021

October 1, 2021

The Old Chisholm Trail #2 is considered the most authentic of all the cowboy ballads. This tale of a cattle drive begins: “We started up the trail October twenty-third.” Although the subject of the song is the cowboy’s life on the trail, the lyrics reflect many aspects of the cultural and historical context of the song. It was performed by former cowboy J.T. Reid, whose father drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail. Collected in Albuquerque, NM in 1951 by John Donald Robb, the recording is part of the Robb Collection housed at the Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. For other variants, see “The Old Chisholm Trail #1” and “Coma-ti-yi-yupy.”

“Fight for Union Recognition”: Song of the Month – September/2021

September 6, 2021

Fight for Union Recognition is a Depression-era protest song created by Jack Latham during the cotton strike at Arvin, California in 1939. Performed by union organizers Bert and Ruby Rains, it is part of the Library of Congress’s online Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Workers Collection. A lesson plan is included for use in grades 5-10.

“Dos y Dos Son Cuatro”: Song of the Month – August/2021

August 1, 2021

Dos y Dos Son Cuatro is a popular Spanish singing game. In this variant, singers count to treinta y dos (32), starting by 2s, then by 8s. Performed by Isabella Salazar in Texas in 1939 and recorded by John A. and Ruby T. Lomax, it forms part of the Library of Congress’s Archive of American Folk Song.

“Old Kimball”: Song of the Month – July/2021

Thurs. July 1, 2021

For the 4th of July, we would like to offer a marvelous example of the living, ongoing intertwining of cultures that characterizes American folk song. Old Kimball, a song about a race horse, was performed by Texas Gladden in 1941 and is part of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress.

“Frog He Would a-Wooing Go”: Song of the Month – June/2021

Wed June 1, 2021

Frog He Would a-Wooing Go is one of the oldest Anglo-American folk songs, mentioned in “The Complaynt of Scotland” in 1549. Performer Gail Stoddard Storm stated that it was handed down through her family, who came to Massachusetts with the first European settlers who arrived in Plymouth.

"All Around the Maypole": Song of the Month – May/2021

May 1, 2021

All Around the Maypole is a joyous African-American singing game to “welcome in the May.” This 1934 performance by eight girls who attended the Kirby Industrial School in Atmore, Alabama was recorded by John A. Lomax. It is part of the Library of Congress’s Archive of American Folk Song and includes game directions and background information about the song.

“El Alba”: Song of the Month – April/2021

April 5, 2021

El Alba is a Spanish hymn that was sung at dawn to welcome the day. This performance by Rubén Cobos was recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1963. It forms part of the John Donald Robb Collection at the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico.

“Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm”: Song of the Month – Mar/2021

Mar. 11, 2021

Wasn't That a Mighty Storm, a song about the great Galveston storm of 1900, is in the tradition of ballads about disasters, such as the more familiar “Sinking of the Titanic.” Sung as part of an Easter Service at Darrington State Prison in Sandy Point, Texas in 1934, it was recorded by John A. Lomax for the Library of Congress’s Archive of American Folk Song.

Our thoughts are with the people of Texas as they recover from the most recent storm.

“This Little Light of Mine”: Song of the Month – Feb/2021

Feb.18, 2021

This Little Light of Mine was performed by Jim Boyd in Huntsville, Texas in 1934. His lyrics “Round these prison walls, I’m goin’ to let it shine” reflect how folk songs express the conditions in which they are sung. It was recorded by John A. Lomax and is part of the Library of Congress’s Archive of American Folk Song. This song came to play a central role in the Civil Rights Movement; read more about it in the background notes on the site.

National Humanities Center Collaboration – 2021

Feb. 8, 2021

Our recent grant from the Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources program has opened the door to collaboration with the National Humanities Center. The NHC is a national resource devoted to advancing significant humanistic study and reflection and to making those insights available both inside and outside the academic world. We have been invited to provide content for the digital resources of the NHC and have prepared 25 folk songs for initial inclusion on their site: National Humanities Center. All of the songs include recordings and scores, and many also include photos, background information, and recommendations for relevant teaching resources. Go to “Humanities in Class Digital Library” and search for the subject Arts and Humanities to find links to these songs.

“The United States Needs Prayer Everywhere”: Song of the Month – Jan/2021

Jan. 25, 2021

Each month we will choose a song to feature—one of the treasures we have come across in our research. We begin with “The United States Needs Prayer Everywhere” which we found during one of our visits to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The United States Needs Prayer Everywhere was performed by Lulu Morris and congregation of the African Methodist Church in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1939. It was recorded by Herbert Halpert and is part of the Library of Congress’s Archive of American Folk Song.

Kodály Center joins TPS Consortium

Nov. 7, 2020

The Kodály Center has been named a Consortium member of the Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. The TPS Consortium is a network of educational organizations throughout the United States supporting teachers in the use of primary source materials. We have just completed a project for the Western Region of TPS, Folk Songs of the Western United States: Building a Unique Resource for Teachers, which allowed us to add over 100 field recordings for the Library of Congress to the collection. In addition, we have just received a grant for a new project, Folk Songs of the Eastern United States: Providing Primary Sources for K-12 Educators. This will support our work to research field recordings from the Eastern United States and to develop curricular materials for the use of folk songs in the classroom.

The TPS Consortium extends the reach and use of the TPS program by creating curriculum, delivering professional development to pre-and in-service teachers, and contributing to researching effective strategies for incorporations primary sources in K-12 instruction. Their projects reflect focus on various teacher and student populations, professional concentrations, program approaches, and geographic locations.

HNU Kodály Summer 2020 Offerings

May 31, 2020

This summer, there will be a variety of online offerings – credit and non-credit, throughout the usual 3 week period of our intensive summer experience. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for select courses, through the School of Education.

Kickstart graduate credits this summer and work towards certificate requirements during intensive weekends in the Fall/Spring. Inquire about $1,000 scholarships for Levels Courses.

International participants will be able to join us via video-conferencing to attend all non-credit options.

Adult Sight-reading classes, Masters Series, Special Topics, Twilight Talks and more!

Information and links can be found at:
Kodaly Summer Offerings.

Storybooks Based on Folk Songs

April 24, 2020

Storybooks based on folk songs provide an ideal way for children to learn and sing stories passed from one generation to another. The online American Folk Song Collection now features some of our favorite storybooks which are based on songs in this collection. Songs on the website include scores as well as field recordings, additional verses, singing game directions, and background information where available. You can find this new feature at Storybooks Based on Folk Songs.

SONGS FROM THE DUST BOWL

March 6

New Curriculum Resource, They Brought Their Songs with Them: Songs from the Dust Bowl at Songs from the Dust Bowl.

SONGS FROM THE DUST BOWL

March 6

New Curriculum Resource, They Brought Their Songs with Them: Songs from the Dust Bowl at Songs from the Dust Bowl.

Folk Music and Cultural Context

11/23/2019

American folk song contains a rich repository of cultural and historical knowledge and reflects in many ways the complex history of our nation. American music teachers have sometimes thought of our folk heritage simply as musical material. But a growing number of teachers wish also to use our musical heritage to open larger questions, about community, about human values, about how to live in our changing world.

We are currently working to provide more information about the history and cultural contexts of the songs on this site. We welcome your thoughts and comments as we embark on this exciting and much needed project.

NCAKE Workshop with Maree Hennessy - October 19, 2019

10/16/2019

MUSIC FOR MIXED LEVEL CLASSES AND OLDER BEGINNER

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019; 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Aspire Berkley Maynard Academy, 6200 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA

Many music teachers find themselves working with classes of mixed skill levels and experiences, including older students who are new to learning music. Explore repertoire, tools, and teaching practices that inspire students make connections, to develop holistic musicianship, to strive and thrive as young people and as musicians. Join Maree Hennessy, director of the Kodály Center at Holy Names University, for an inspiring workshop for teachers of students of all ages!

Group discounts are available for schools, choirs, and other organizations who send multiple teachers. Email info@ncake.org to learn more! 

Songs Recently Added from FSA Camps in CA

4/17/2019

In May of 2018, the Kodály Center received funding from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program, Western Region, to research songs from the western United States. Since then, we have added over 50 new songs, primarily from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and California. Several of these were located in the LOC’s Voices from the Dust Bowl collection, recorded by Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin between 1940 and 1941 at various FSA (Farm Security Administration) camps in California. Titles from that collection now on our website include: Skip to My Lou, Sent My Brown Jug Downtown, Miller Boy, Barbara Allen, Lloyd Bateman, Chimchack, She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain, Charming Betsy, and Soldier, Won’t You Marry Me. The first four are rare examples of actual recordings of play-parties being danced and sung in the community centers of the FSA camps.

2019 HNU Kodály Summer Institute June 24 - July 13

3/19/2019

Holy Names University's Kodály Summer Institute offers an introduction to Kodály philosophy, including musicianship training, conducting, curriculum development, pedagogical techniques, and materials for teaching. Course work within the institute can be applied towards the Master's Degree in Music Education or Kodály Summer Certification. Classes meet daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Faculty: Maree Hennessy, László Nemes, Gemma Arguelles, Hélène Matters, Miriam Factora, Fran Smith.

Register Now! Levels I, II and III

The Institute choral concert will take place on Saturday, July 13 at 2:00pm and is free to the public. For more information, email mhennessy@hnu.edu or call 510-436-1314.

NCAKE Workshop with Melanie DeMore - February 2, 2019

1/11/2019

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.

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

FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY: 23515 MAUD AVE, HAYWARD

Melanie DeMore, an accomplished songwriter, composer and choral conductor, has a level of understanding as to the pure intention of Music that comes to only a very few in each generation. She has been a formidable presence onstage at such noted venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, international folk music festivals from Europe to Cuba to New Zealand. She has shared the stage with some of the world’s most notable musicians and political activists from Gloria Steinem, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Judy Collins to Ed Asner, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, and Ani Di Franco.

For more information, visit The NCAKE Web Page.

Agustin Lira and Patricia Wells in concert - Sept. 23, 2018

9/8/2018

NCAKE (the Northern California Association of Kodaly Educators) and Holy Names University co-sponsor this exciting event--perfect for music lovers, teachers, and those interested in California's musical history. Agustin Lira and Patricia Wells will share songs, stories, and historical background about music that shaped California history. The performance will take place at San Francisco's Community Music Center - Capp Street, Sunday, Sept. 23, 3:00 p.m.

Agustín Lira was the musical voice of the farmworkers' movement in the 1960’s; a cofounder of El Teatro Campesino with Luis Valdez during the Delano Grape Strike headed by Cesar Chavez, he was the preeminent musical voice of the early Chicano Movement. Lira blended Mexican song traditions with Anglo folk and popular musical forms to create a new kind of folk music that continues to evolve. Cost: $20 general, $10/students with ID, payable at the door one hour prior to performance.

For more information, visit The NCAKE Web Page.

2018 HNU Kodály Summer Institute June 18 - July 6

Feb. 23, 2018

Holy Names University's Kodály Summer Institute offers an introduction to Kodály philosophy, including musicianship training, conducting, curriculum development, pedagogical techniques, and materials for teaching. Course work within the institute can be applied towards the Master's Degree in Music Education or Kodály Summer Certification. Classes meet daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Faculty: Maree Hennessy, László Nemes, Gemma Arguelles, Helene Matters, Miriam Factora, Fran Smith.

The Institute choral concert will take place on Friday, July 6 at 7:30pm and is free to the public. For more information, email mhennessy@hnu.edu or call 510-436-1314.

2017 HNU Kodaly Summer Institute June 19 - July 7

March 9, 2017

Holy Names University's Kodaly Summer Institute offers an introduction to Kodaly philosophy, including musicianship training, conducting, curriculum development, pedagogical techniques, and materials for teaching. Course work within the institute can be applied towards the Master's Degree in Music Education or Kodaly Summer Certification. Classes meet daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Faculty: Maree Hennessy, Laszlo Nemes, Gemma Arguelles,Helene Matters, Miriam Factora, Fran Smith.

The Institute choral concert will take place on Friday, July 7 at 7:30pm and is free to the public. For more information, email mhennessy@hnu.edu or call 510-436-1314.

2016 HNU Kodaly Summer Institute June 27 - July 15

May 28, 2016

Holy Names University's Kodaly Summer Institute offers an introduction to Kodaly philosophy, including musicianship training, conducting, curriculum development, pedagogical techniques, and materials for teaching. Course work within the institute can be applied towards the Master's Degree in Music Education or Kodaly Summer Certification. Classes meet daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Faculty: Laszlo Nemes, Helga Dietrich, Gemma Arguelles, Ildiko Salgado, Helene Matters, Maree Hennessy, Fran Smith, Janos Horvath.

Special Sessions:

Choral Pedagogy with Laszlo Nemes - July 1-2

Early Childhood with Helga Dietrich - July 2 - 9

The Institute choral concert will take place on Friday, July 15 at 7:30pm and is free to the public. For more information, email mhennessy@hnu.edu or call 510-436-1314.

OAKE National Conference Presentation

March 9, 2016

Gail Needleman and Anne Laskey will present newly researched songs from the WPA California Folk Music Project during the 2016 National Conference of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, to be held in Long Beach, CA from March 10-13. Housed at the Library of Congress, this collection of over 1,000 songs includes songs from 16 European, Middle Eastern and Spanish speaking ethnic groups living in California in the 1930’s. 185 performers were recorded for the project, which was undertaken in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley.
Songs and games at the conference session will be drawn from immigrant communities from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Finland, Armenia, and various regions throughout the United States. These songs and many others from the collection are being added to this website.

NCAKE Workshop - January 30, 2016

January 30, 2016

Gemma Arguelles and Andrew Brown, two Bay Area choral directors, will introduce some of their favorite repertoire for children's choirs and will equip you with teaching strategies for these pieces. Gemma, elementary music teacher at Sacred Heart in San Francisco, will share music for beginning to intermediate elementary choirs. She will also present her selections for the mass choir of the 2016 HNU/NCAKE Children's Choral Festival. Andrew is Artistic Director of the Contra Costa Children's Chorus, and will present repertoire for middle and high school students. The workshop will provide an inspiring opportunity to learn from two educators who are renowned for their ability to instill musicianship in young people.

Holy Names University, VCPA, Studio Theater, 9:30am – 1:00pm

For more information, visit The NCAKE Web Page.

NCAKE Workshop - September 26, 2015


Recent HNU graduates Catherine Cheng, Minami Cohen and Conway Tan will present engaging new materials from Asia for use in American classrooms. The workshop will highlight an accessible collection of songs and singing games from the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia and China and include pedagogical connections.

Eleanor G. Locke Music Resource Center


Holy Names University announces the renaming of the Kodály Music Resource Center in honor of its creator, Eleanor G. "Toni" Locke, who passed away in February, 2015. From 1974-1985, Toni served as archivist in the Kodály Program, where she oversaw the collection, selection and analysis of songs for use in music classrooms across the United States. During that time, students and faculty in the program helped to gather, transcribe and index 2500 songs from print and recorded sources, creating the American Folk Songs for Teaching collection. This collection was recognized as an archive by the Library of Congress in 1983, and provided the basis for this website.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Music Resource Center in honor of Toni, please visit the HNU website, or email laskey@hnu.edu or call 510-436-1314.

2015 HNU Kodaly Summer Institute June 29 - July 17

3/13/2015

Holy Names University's Kodaly Summer Institute offers an introduction to Kodaly philosophy, including musicianship training, conducting, curriculum development, pedagogical techniques, and materials for teaching. Course work within the institute can be applied towards the Master's Degree in Music Education or Kodaly Summer Certification. Classes meet daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Faculty: Judit Hartyanyi, Anne Laskey, Nancy Linford, Helene Matters, Gail Needleman, Ildiko Salgado, Fran Smith.

Special Session: Solfege and Sonority, with David Xiques. June 29 - July 2, 1:00pm - 4:30pm.

The Institute choral concert will take place on Friday, July 17 at 7:30pm and is free to the public. For more information, email laskey@hnu.edu or call 510-436-1314.

Welcome to our new website!

9/22/2014

Our new website was made possible by the generosity of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It is a late stage beta, which means there might be one or two things that behave differently than we expect. If you find one, please write the developer at lrlarson (at) larsonassoc.org. Also, we intend to add an entirely new Recources section that will offer specific curricula geared toward specific gades very soon.

Please add your email address at the link below so that we can send you updates as well as the general announcement email (when it is ready) that will detail all the improvements in the site.

NCAKE Workshop with Christopher Roberts

September 27, 2014

Christopher Roberts, teacher of K-5 classroom music and of teacher training classes in Seattle, Washington, will offer pedagogical tools and a variety of sources and materials to craft world music listening lessons, with examples from Botswana, Turkey, and other countries. He will also teach several singing games from around the world, ready for classroom use, and aimed at thoughtfully developing students’ musicianship while expanding their cultural understanding. Participants will learn specific steps for creating effective listening experiences from other parts of the world.

Holy Names University, VCPA, Studio Theater, 9:30am – 1:00pm

For more information, visit The NCAKE Web Page.

46th HNU Kodaly Summer Institute - July 7-26, 2014

June 1, 2014

Holy Names University's Kodaly Summer Institute offers an introduction to Kodaly philosophy, including musicianship training, conducting, curriculum development, pedagogical techniques, and materials for teaching. Course work within the institute can be applied towards the Master's Degree in Music Education or Kodaly Summer Certification. Classes meet daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Faculty: Gemma Arguelles, Helga Dietrich, Judit Hartyanyi, Anne Laskey, Helene Matters, Gail Needleman, Ildiko Salgado, Fran Smith. A Kodaly alumni reunion is planned for July 24-26. The choral concert which concludes the institute will take place on Saturday, July 26 at 7:30pm and is free to the public. For more information, email laskey@hnu.edu or call 510-436-1314.

New Grant for Website Upgrade Announced

March 1, 2014

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant has granted the Kodaly Center for Music Education at Holy Names University $75,000 to upgrade its online American Folk Song Collection. The grant will be utilized to create a newly designed website that allows users to access the site using a wide range of platforms, including desktop computers, tablets, and phones. It also provides funding to increase the number of songs currently on the site. The new site will be available in early 2014. To read more, go to http://www.hnu.edu/news/category/kodaly-center.

44th HNU Kodaly Summer Institute - July 8-27, 2012

July 1, 2012

Holy Names University's Kodaly Summer Institute offers an introduction to Kodaly philosophy, including musicianship training, conducting, curriculum development, pedagogical techniques, and materials for teaching. Course work within the institute can be applied towards Kodaly Summer Certification, the Master's Degree in Music Education, or the Kodaly Specialist Certificate. Classes meet daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Faculty: Judit Hartyanyi, Helga Dietrich, Anne Laskey, Helene Matters, Lydia Mills, Gail Needleman, Fran Smith.
Early Childhhood Music Workshops with Helga Dietrich: Stepping Stones - A General Squence of Music Development, 7/14 & 7/21, Education and Creativity, 7/16 - 7/20.
For more information, click
here
You may also email laskey@hnu.edu or call 510-436-1314.

NCAKE Workshop with Jennifer Cooper and Anne Laskey - March 31, 2012

March 1, 2012

Perspectives on Developing Curriculum
Saturday, March 31, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Holy Names University, Bay Vista Room, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA
NCAKE's own Anne Laskey and Jennifer Cooper present an exciting workshop on curriculum devleopment. Anne's session will present a curriculum for grades 1 and 2 based on a Hungarian curriculum which includes 7 categories: song, musical element, skill development, textbook reference, listening, additional materials and games. This curriculum is being implemented in San Jose Jazz's Progressions Project, and video from the project will be featured. Jennifer will present the curriculum she developed for the San Francisco Boys Chorus, a literacy program for choristers from K through 6th grade inspired by Erzsebet Hegyi's Solfege According to the Kodaly Concept, and describe the process of its development and implementation. Materials will include a one year plan, evaluation templates and processes, and resource list.
For more information, click
here.

NCAKE Workshop with Betty Hillmon - January 28, 2012

Jamuary 1, 2012

Music of the Georgia Sea Islands: Revisiting Bessie Jones & African-European/African American Composers in the Western Classical Tradition
Saturday, January 28, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Malcolm X Elementary School, 1731 Prince Street, Berkeley, CA
The folk music legacy left to us by Miss Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers continues to be rich with songs and ring games that are exciting, fun and educational. When taught in the correct style and with historical context, these materials hold the interest of students and improve their social and musical skills. In this session, participants will learn songs and games of the Georgia Sea Islands and discuss the meanings and social settings for these materials. A shorter segment of this session will be a lesser known but rich legacy of music available for use in the classroom - classical music composed by African-European and African-American composers. Ms. Hillmon is Department Head of Music at the Park School in Brookline, MA. She holds a B.A. in Music from San Jose State University, an M.A. in Music Performance from Fresno State University, an M.A. in Musicology from Harvard University, and a Kodaly Music Education Certificate from the Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary.
For more information, click
here.