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Ann Eisen resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she is the owner and manager of Sneaky Snake Publications. Together with Lamar Robertson, she is co-author of An American Methodology, Yearly Plans, Directions to Literacy, and My Music Book Series. She received her undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College, her masters from McNeese State University, and her Kodaly Certification from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute at the University of Hartford and attended the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Hungary for two summers. She has taught summer courses/workshops at McNeese State University, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Stephen F. Austin University, Milliken University, and most recently at University of Central Missouri. She has been a frequent presenter at workshops during the school year in Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Presentations at the national OAKE Conference have included New Orleans, Louisiana, Norman, Oklahoma, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Charlotte, North Carolina as well as the 1999 IKS Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. She is retired as a visiting professor in the Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University where she taught classes in vocal music education methods and undergraduate ear training.
John Paul Johnson Professor of Music Education. BM, Westminster College (PA). MM, PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison. Professor of Music Education, Wichita State University. Former Director of Choral Activities, University of Kansas, Texas State University, Lampeter-Strasburg High School (PA). Served as Conductor-in-Residence at Trinity College of Music in London and Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw. Guest adjudicator, consultant, and instructor for Ministry of Education in Singapore and Ministry of Culture in Trinidad and Tobago. Numerous invited performances at Carnegie Hall, regional, state, and national music conventions, and venues throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Recipient of Outstanding Graduate Mentor award at the University of Kansas and the Texas State University - San Marcos Teaching Award of Honor.
Daniel Todd is currently the choir director at Scott Johnson Middle School in McKinney, Texas, but has previously taught middle school choir in Lubbock, Texas. While pursuing a Ph.D. of Fine Arts in Music he taught aural skills, music theory, and music education courses at Texas Tech. Mr. Todd completed both his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Texas Tech University and Level 4 Kodaly training from the West Texas Kodaly Initiative. In 2010, Daniel performed in Carnegie Hall with the Texas Tech University Choir under the direction of Richard Bjella, and was a featured tenor soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Mr. Todd has presented sessions for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, and in 2008 the Cantare Treble Choir from Hutchinson Middle was invited to perform for the OAKE National Conference.
Previous instructors (2012)
Julia Shaw is a doctoral fellow in music education at Northwestern University. She holds a Master of Music in choral conducting from Butler University, a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, and Kodaly certification from Indiana University. Her teaching experience includes eight years working in diverse school settings in Indianapolis and Chicago. She also has worked extensively with children's choirs, having served as Neighborhood and In-school Conductor for the Chicago Children's Choir, Associate Director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, and musicianship teacher for the Indiana University Children's Choir. As the choir director at Zionsville West Middle School, she was honored as Teacher of the Year for the Zionsville Community Schools and Boone County in 2007. Her school choirs have performed at the Indiana Music Educators Association State Convention and on subscription concerts with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. An active choral clinician, she has served as a guest conductor on numerous occasions in both Indiana and Illinois. She has taught child voice development at the University of St. Thomas, vocal pedagogy at Northwestern University, and Kodaly pedagogy at James Madison University. She has presented sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference and the OAKE National Conference. Her current research interests include child voice development, urban education, music teacher education, and socio-cultural issues in music education.