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December, 20, 2023
02:45 PM - 03:45 PM




Steve Oare

Steve Oare

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Kodaly in the Instrumental Classroom? Of Course!

Clinic Synopsis:

Many in America believe the Kodaly Method is only used in the elementary classroom. However, the philosophy was originally meant for all levels of musicians. The principles found within the Kodaly philosophy can aid all teachers in developing music literacy and musicianship. This session will provide an overview of the method, lay out key teaching principles used by secondary level Kodaly teachers, and demonstrate multiple ways in which Kodaly principles can be used in an instrumental program.

Steve Oare - Biographical Information

Steve Oare is a professor of music education at Wichita State University, chair of the Wind and Percussion Studies area, conductor of the WSU Symphonic Band, and Program Director for the WSU Summer Kodály Program. Dr. Oare earned his Ph.D. in music education from Michigan State University. Prior degrees include a Master of Music in School Music and a Diploma of Fine Arts in the Kodály Method from the University of Calgary under the tutelage of Lois Choksy, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Idaho. Dr. Oare teaches courses in instrumental music education as well as graduate courses in psychology and philosophy of music. Prior to teaching at the university level, he taught beginning through high school band and general music for 17 years, also serving as instrumental music team leader for North Thurston Public Schools. Dr. Oare has conducted bands and orchestras in Washington, Idaho, Michigan, Kansas, and Canada. As director of the WSU Kodaly Program, Dr. Oare has collaborated in the creation of one of the few training tracks for secondary teachers in the nation. Current areas of research interest are in literacy development and conceptual teaching within the band rehearsal context.