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 Professional Development for Music Educators 

2022-2023 KASC Workshops and Clinicians


Workshop #1: Jill Trinka (Sept 24, 2022)

Workshop #2: Larena Code (Nov 5, 2022) - virtual

Workshop #3: Arie Lugo & Tehillah (Feb 4, 2023)

Workshop #4: Laszlo Cser (March 25, 2023)

Previous workshops 2021-2022

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. 


Workshop #2: November 13, 2021

9:00am-12:30pm PST

Online (Zoom)

Nurturing Musical Growth through Technology and Assessment


Aileen Miracle

This workshop will explore how to nurture students’ musical growth through technology and assessment. First, attendees will learn about various tech tools for the music classroom, from Nearpod, to Flipgrid, to Seesaw, with specific examples of how to use each in their music lessons. Lessons for in person and virtual teaching will be shared, to engage, to build relationships, and to assess. Educators will also learn about centers for the music room, to integrate technology, formatively and summatively assess students, and provide students with voice and choice. Attendees will leave the session with many ideas for a variety of grade levels, and a plan for choosing and using tech tools and assessments.

Aileen Miracle teaches general music, band, and choir in the Olentangy Local School District near Columbus, Ohio; this is her twenty-third year teaching. Aileen received her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 1999, and her Master of Music in Music Education from Capital University in 2003; she completed her masters studies at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. Aileen has served as President of the Tri-City Kodály Educators in Columbus, President of the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, and has served the National Program Chair for the 2015 OAKE conference, co-chair for the 2019 OAKE conference, and will serve as chair for the 2023 OAKE conference. Aileen has taught Level I Methodology and Folk Song Research for Colorado State University's Kodály Program,  Level I and III Methodology and Folk Song Research for DePaul University's Kodály Program, and Level III Methodology and Folk Song Research for Capital University’s Kodály Program. In 2016, Aileen was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Cheshire Elementary. She has presented at OAKE Conferences, and currently presents workshops around the world. She enjoys sharing music education ideas through her blog, Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room, and her podcast, The Music Room. Her family includes her husband Scott, a singer/songwriter, her 17-year-old daughter Jenna, who plays flute and ukulele, and her 9-year-old daughter Macy, who loves to sing and draw!

Workshop #3: February 5, 2022

9:00am-12:30pm PST

Online (Zoom)

Expanding America's Musical Mother Tongue with Cultural Integrity


Kelly Foster-Griffin

The Kodály approach to teaching is based on the “mother-tongue” of the students, that is, on the child's own folk music. In the United States, with so many varied backgrounds, communities and cultures, we may find that our repertoire lacks the diversity we see in our classes. In this workshop, we will explore diverse cultures, examine the context of multicultural songs, games, and dances and discover how it can fit into a Kodály-inspired classroom. In addition, we'll consider how "student voice" and collective music-making affirms the cultural identities of all students and enriches the classroom environment. 

Kelly Foster Griffin is a National Board Certified teacher and teaches K-5 music in the Northshore School District, Kenmore, Washington. She holds a Kodály Certificate from the Kodály Musical Training Institute, Hartt School of Music, and a Master of Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University. Kelly has served on various state, regional and national boards including: president of the Northwest Kodály Educators; Western Division president and president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (2012-2014). She is a co-founder and former executive director of the non-profit arts camp, Summer Fun! - A Music, Theatre and Visual Arts Day Camp for Children (1993-2011)  and taught choir and musicianship for the Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle for nearly 30 years. She is an instructor for the Kodály Levels Program of Seattle teaching Musicianship, Pedagogy and Materials courses. In 2018, she was selected “Elementary Music Teacher of the Year” by the Washington State Music Educators


Workshop #4: March 26, 2022

9:00am-12:30pm PST

Streamed via Zoom or IN PERSON at CSU Fullerton

Room 119, CPAC, Minor Rehearsal Hall Room 119

Mariachi: Community in the Classroom


Mark Santos

Mariachi music is more than just a musical group or ensemble. It’s a tradition that is steeped in community. Join Mark Santos as he guides you through the process of cultivating a mariachi community in the classroom. Now, more than ever, is the time to connect with students and nurture their social emotional connections. Learn how to elevate student leaders in the classroom and the importance in running an autonomous rehearsal. You’ll receive song suggestions and the tools to discover more repertoire for this culturally important musical genre.

Mr. Mark Santos has been Director of Instrumental Music at Godinez Fundamental HS since Fall 2016. He currently teaches Marching Band, Concert Band, Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, and Advanced Orchestra. Before coming to Godinez, he taught at Abraham Lincoln HS (Los Angeles, CA) and Legacy VAPA HS (South Gate, CA). He has taught Marching Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Mariachi, and Choir.


Mr. Santos attended Mt. Carmel HS in San Diego where he participated in Marching Band, Jazz Band A, the spring musical, Wind Ensemble I, and Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music Performance with an emphasis on Classical Bass Trombone from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Ohio). He received a Master of Arts in Teaching Music and CA Teaching Credential from the University of Southern California. While at USC he also served as a TA and eventually Assistant Director of the USC Trojan Marching Band, a position he held until he left in 2016.


In August of 2016, Mr. Santos started Godinez Fundamental High School's first ever marching band: The Black and Gold Regiment. In the fall of 2017, the Black and Gold Regiment competed for the first time in the school's history. Over the next 4 years, Godinez's ensembles will perform at more district and community events than any other high school in the district. In 2020 and 2021, Mr. Santos was recognized by Santa Ana Unified and the City of Santa Ana for his contributions to the community and arts education in the district.

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Workshop Prices

2021-2022 Virtual Online Workshops:

OAKE (KASC) Members: $20

Non-members: $30

In Person Workshop Prices:

Full-Time College Students and Administrators: FREE

OAKE and AOSA Members: $20

Non-members: $30

FREE Full-time students:
If you are a full-time student and want to attend our workshops 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 2 weeks before each workshop. If you become a full-time student and haven't received the coupon code, email us at and we will provide it!)

District Workshop PAckage

We are excited to announce we are now offering a special "District Workshop Package" deal where a school district can pay a total of $700, which will allow up to 10 participants to attend each of our workshops through the year. If your district is interested in a package deal, please contact us for more information at

Upcoming workshops Fall 2022

Workshop #1:  Dr. Jill Trinka


(And Increase Your Dulcimer Playing Skills)

Clinician: Dr. Jill Trinka

Fall, 2022

9:00am-3:00 pm 

St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church

5244 Tujunga Ave

North Hollywood, CA 91601

About the Workshop: 

This workshop is dedicated to hands-on exploration of fabulous PK-5 music repertoire beloved by children and teachers across the country.  Learn folk songs, singing games, play party games, dances, canons, and accessible art music compositions that will delight your students and serve to build their musical skills within a sequential spiral curriculum. You won’t want to miss this workshop!! 


Those participants who want to also increase their dulcimer playing skills should bring a dulcimer and flat pick with them.  We will spend the last 40 minutes or so working up your strumming power and learning three-part ensemble pieces you can use with your students!

About the Clinician:

Dr. Jill Trinka lives in Pawleys Island, SC.  She retired from full-time university teaching in 2019 at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where she taught undergraduate and graduate ear training and sight-singing, elementary music methods, American Music, and classroom instrument courses.  Previous academic posts include The University of North Texas, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Central Arkansas.  


An internationally acknowledged Master Teacher in the Kodály philosophy of music education, she has directed and taught in Kodály Teacher Training Institutes throughout the United States.  She currently directs the West Chester University (PA) Kodály Certificate Program. A past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and 2003 recipient of their Outstanding Educator Award, Dr. Trinka is well known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo.  Jill’s publications – My Little Rooster, Bought Me a Cat, John, the Rabbit, and The Little Black Bull; Jill Trinka:  The Bass Hall Children’s Concerts DVD (Ft. Worth, TX); and recordings Had a Little Rooster, There’s a Hole in the Bucket, and Old Joe Clark, with John Feierabend, are published by GIA Music. 


Dr. Trinka currently teaches workshops for elementary music educators throughout the United States and Canada, serves as an Artist-in-Residence for elementary schools, performs folk music concerts for children and adults, and sings with the Carolina Master Chorale.  



You may use street parking, meter parking, or the lot of the elementary school behind Wagner Hall. The parking lot behind Wagner Hall is off of McCormick St. and Bakman Ave. If you park in the lot, walk north/west back to the corner of Tujunga Ave. and McCormick St. to get to the gym where the workshop will be held. Look for the KASC banner!


Participants will be given a lunch break, and snacks will be provided. You are welcome to bring a lunch.

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Join us all year long for one of our engaging professional development workshops throughout the school year. KASC brings in quality clinicians from all over the world to provide inspiration to music educators in the Southern California region.

OAKE’s Commitment to Equity

The members of OAKE are committed to championing diversity, welcoming all people, and advancing inclusivity and equity for all. Inspired by Zoltán Kodály’s unyielding assertion that music belongs to everyone, we affirm that music is a fundamental aspect of shared human experiences. As such, we pledge to promote active music making merged with intentionally respectful practices as the basis of comprehensive music education.