2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Breaking the Kodaly Norm: Engaging Upper Elementary

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Colorado Hall C

Tanya LeJeune
Jefferson County Public Schools, Music mentor and Kodály Specialist

Tanya LeJeune lives in Denver, Colorado and is in her 26th year of music education. She has taught K– 8th grade general music in Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado and is a Kodály instructor of pedagogy and folksong analysis at the Colorado Kodály Institute at Colorado State University. Tanya serves on the Elementary Music Curriculum Advisory Committee and is the music teacher mentor for Jefferson County Public Schools. Tanya is past president of ROCKE, the Colorado Kodály chapter, and has served as Member at Large for OAKE. She has presented music education workshops and in-services for several school districts, universities, Orff and Kodály chapters throughout the United States and for Queensland, Australia. Tanya also co-hosts the popular general music education podcast Music Teacher Coffee Talk along with Carrie Nicholas. 

Carrie Nicholas
Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Carrie Nicholas is in her 21st year as an elementary general music specialist and currently teaches K-6 general music in Lakewood, CO.  She received her bachelor’s degree of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree of Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Colorado State University where she also completed her Level III Kodály certification. Carrie is an active presenter, and she teaches Level III Pedagogy and Folk Song Analysis at the Colorado Kodály Institute. Carrie is past-president of ROCKE and the OAKE Western Division.  When she is not teaching or presenting, Carrie enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and enjoying the outdoors with her family. Carrie co-hosts the podcast “Music Teacher Coffee Talk” with her longtime colleague and friend, Tanya LeJeune.


Join ROCKE for strategies and activities that you might not have seen before for engaging your upper elementary students. They are Kodaly inspired but provide variety in your lessons and strategies! We will share activities that utilize technology, playing instruments, projects and more!

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