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Sat, Sep 25


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Workshop 1: Living Traditions- Songs and Singing Games from Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua

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Workshop 1: Living Traditions- Songs and Singing Games from Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua
Workshop 1: Living Traditions- Songs and Singing Games from Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua

Time & Location

Sep 25, 2021, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

About The Event

Workshop #1: September 25, 2021

9:00am-12:30pm PST

Online (Zoom)

Living Traditions: Songs and Singing Games from Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua


Dr. Rachel Gibson

Come sing, play, move, create, and experience joy with living music traditions from Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Participants will actively engage in repertoire that the presenter recently learned while living in each of these countries. The music was shared by teachers, families, and children and represents diverse practices that span from traditional songs and singing games to contemporary children’s music that utilizes recorded media. The activities allow for musical play and movement, encourage lyrical improvisation, and foster community. The texts are accessible to learn and field videos will be shown to demonstrate the songs in authentic contexts. History of each region and strategies for integrating the collection into Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogies will also be discussed. ¡Ven a cantar y jugar! Come sing and play!

Dr. Rachel Gibson is a Professor of Music and coordinator of music education at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. She serves on summer faculty at the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute in Alabama (UMKI) and is currently teaching and researching at Universidad de Málaga in Spain as a Fulbright Global Scholar. She is an active local, national, and international clinician, president-elect of Kodály Educators of Southern New England (KESNE), member-at-large for Connecticut American Orff-Schulwerk Association (CTAOSA), and serves on the OAKE National Board of Directors. Her research interests include children’s music traditions in Hispanic countries and has engaged in folk song collection and research in Spain during a five-month residency and in Guatemala and Nicaragua for ten months. Her upcoming book, ¡Canta Conmigo! Songs and Singing Games from Guatemala and Nicaragua, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Prior to her current position, she taught K-6 general and choral music for 15 years in New York, Connecticut, and Washington State and maintained a piano studio where she taught lessons to children and adults.

Due to many requests, we will be automatically including the "re-run" of this workshop for you to watch via a private Youtube link. If you would like to watch the re-run event, be sure to register using an email address that is associated with your Youtube account. All workshop materials will be available in the Youtube description box beneath the video. Your video access will be available until November 1st, 2021.

Special Back-to-School Pricing: 

$20 KASC Members and Non-Members

FREE  Full-time students

If you are a full-time student and want to attend our workshop for free, then become a FREE member of OAKE with KASC as your chapter! Be sure to select "full-time student" as your membership type. 

(Student members will receive a coupon code for free admission via email. If you become full-time student and haven't received the coupon code, email us at and we will provide it!)

*NOTE* The email containing the Zoom Link will be sent to you on Friday, September 24th at 9:00am.  Our email automations are sent from "" and the subject will be "Workshop #1 Tomorrow! (Zoom link included)". Please check your junk mail if it seems you did not receive this email! You may register all the way up until 9:00am on the day of the event.


  • Workshop #1

    9/25/21 from 9am-12:30pm (Back to School Special- everyone gets member pricing!)

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