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Sat, Nov 04


One Life City Church

Workshop 2 : Transform Your Teaching Using Best Practices

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Workshop 2 : Transform Your Teaching Using Best Practices
Workshop 2 : Transform Your Teaching Using Best Practices

Time & Location

Nov 04, 2023, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

One Life City Church, 601 E Valencia Dr, Fullerton, CA 92832, USA

About The Event

Workshop #2: Transform Your Teaching Using Best Practices

Clinicians: Kelly Adams, Shelly Suminski Maphar, and Arie Lugo

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Registration: 9:00-9:25am

Workshop: 9:30am-1:00pm

In person OR online (Zoom)

About the workshop:

Would you like answers to challenges that seem to come up during the school year? Our expert presenters have over 65 years of combined experience. With expertise in classroom music, instrumental, and choral, they can guide you with best practice strategies that provide solutions. Our clinicians have made the Kodàly Approach a foundation of their curriculum. The Kodály Approach emphasizes active, joyful music making leading to discovery learning. Participants will learn successful techniques and activities shown to engage primary, secondary, and instrumental students. Join us to experience demonstrations of quality music literature, successful teaching strategies, and the acquisition of music literacy at several levels. A question and answer section will be a portion of this workshop.

About the Clinicians:

Kelly Adams is a twice-over graduate of the University of Southern California where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in music industry and a Master of Arts degree in music education. In 2013, she attended the Kodály Association of Southern California (KASC) Summer Institute where she fell in love with Kodály’s revolutionary methods and ideology, eventually receiving her certification under Dr. Kathy Hickey and Dr. Niké St. Clair in 2016. Now Kelly serves as Past President on the KASC board, and currently teaches Level I Pedagogy during KASC’s Summer Institute at Azusa Pacific University. She continues to build Kodály-based curricula for the National Children’s Chorus as its Principal Associate Conductor and recently conducted students from schools across Los Angeles in the 2023 KASC Honor Chorus Festival. When she’s not teaching or conducting, Kelly performs, writes and records with the band Karmina (search Queens of Heart to hear Karmina’s latest album) and sings in feature films (How to Train Your Dragon, Wonder, Pan, The Lorax). Kelly is thrilled to conduct her daughter Rudi in Minuet at the National Children’s Chorus.

Devoted to music education, Shelly Suminski Mahpar is on the brass faculty at The Colburn’s Community School of Performing Arts, Victor Valley College and teaches Level 2 Pedagogy at California State University Bakersfield’s Kodály Certification Program. She previously taught general music and orchestra for 11 years. Shelly has been involved with non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area since 2005. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Organization of American Kodály Educators as the Western Division President. Shelly is a Past President of the Kodály Association of Southern California. She served as the 2023 Co-Chair for the International Kodály Symposium in Los Angeles.

Ms. Suminski Mahpar received a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Southern California. As an active freelance musician in Southern California, Ms. Suminski Mahpar has performed with many local orchestras and musical theatre companies as well as in major venues across the United States, Middle East and Asia. In 2019 she performed the world premier of Meditation and Decision for solo trombone and piano at the International Trombone Festival (ITF) in Muncie, IN. Shelly returned to ITF in 2022 performing as a founding member of the all-women Empress Trombone Quartet.

Arie Lugo directs the K-8 Music Program with Heninger Elementary School at Santa Ana Unified School District. She additionally has experience teaching all grade levels Pre-K to 12th Gr. at a variety of settings in Southern California (Cerro Villa Middle School, Orange County School of the Arts, National Children's Chorus, California Childrens' Chorus). Her unique background also includes managing and supporting youth non-profit programs (CSArts Academy, Dragon Kim Music Program, Dragon Kim Fellowship Program, Think Together Arts Accelerator). She is a proud member of the KASC Board and enjoys learning more about the power of being culturally responsive through folk songs. Her BA in Music Education and Vocal Performance was earned at Azusa Pacific University, and her Credentials were completed at Cal State University, Fullerton. Arie will be the conductor for the KASC Elementary Choral Festival in the spring of 2024.

Special Pricing:

Bonus Workshop! Register and Attend for 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.

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

*NOTE* If you are attending the event online, the Zoom Link will be emailed to you on Friday, November 3rd at 9:00am.  Our email automations are sent from "" and the subject will be "Workshop #2 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 9:30am on the day of the event.


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