The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) is an organization dedicated to the proliferation and teaching of the Kodály method to children as well as adults within the U.S. It promotes lifeline music learning, music making, and musical education for all its members inspired by the pedagogical techniques of the Hungarian composer and educator Zoltán Kodály. The archives of The Organization of American Kodály Educators include business records, division and chapter records, teaching materials, publications, conference history, photographs, videos, audio recordings and other materials associated with the organization.
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The archives of The Organization of American Kodály Educators include business records, division and chapter records, teaching materials, publications, conference history, photographs, videos, audio recordings and other materials associated with the organization. The archives were first established at Auburn University in Alabama and were transferred to the University of Maryland in 1993.
The call for a national organization devoted to Kodály education in the United States materialized at the first Kodály International Symposium held at Holy Names College in Oakland, California from August 1-15, 1973. In March of 1974 more than 200 educators convened at the MENC Conference in Anaheim, California, where plans for a formal organization were initiated. This organization aimed to create a network for music educators who base their teaching practices on the Kodály method. The founding conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators took place in 1975 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Organization of American Kodály Educators promotes the use of the Kodály method in schools across the United States. The Kodály Envoy, now published four times annually, has been the official publication for OAKE since its inception, providing OAKE members with current research, news, teaching strategies, and classroom resources applicable to the Kodály method. OAKE sponsors a national conference each year, at which the National Children's Choir performs, and also sponsors a yearly summer choral camp, the Children's Choral Institute.
OAKE is divided into four divisions, East, Midwest, South, and West that comprise a total of 36 chapters. These divisions and chapters sponsor workshops and activities on the local and regional levels. OAKE offers grants to the local chapters to aid in the development and execution of special projects for its members.
This collection is organized into eleven series and thirty-four subseries.
Transferred from Auburn University in Alabama to University of Maryland in 1993. The collection grows through contributions from OAKE members and officers.
Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library