Sweet Home Alabama Kodály Educators (SHAKE)


SHAKE is the Alabama Chapter of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).


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April 18, 2020

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location TBD

Dr. Rachel Gibson

is an Associate Professor of Music at Westfield State University in Massachusetts where she is the coordinator of music education and a specialist in early childhood and elementary music. She teaches

courses in Music Education, World Music, Ear

Training and Sight-Singing, and mentors student



Dr. Gibson is an active clinician at the state and

national levels where she leads workshops in the

Kodály Method, music literacy games and

activities, multicultural songs and singing games,

and folk dancing. Her research interests include

folk song traditions in Central America and she has recently completed a nine month sabbatical in Guatemala and Nicaragua where she engaged in folk song collection and language study. Dr. Gibson has completed four levels of Kodály training, two levels of Orff training, and has published articles in the Kodály Envoy and Massachusetts Music News. Prior to her current position, she taught K-6 general and choral music for 15 years in New York, Connecticut, and Washington State. She also maintained a large piano studio where she taught lessons to children and adults.


Dr. Gibson earned her B.A. at Boston University, her M.A. at Teachers College at Columbia University, and her Ph. D. at the University of Washington.

R to L: Deanna Bell, President Elect, Joy Smith, Secretary-Treasurer; Becky Halliday, President; Lea Hoppe, Member-at-Large; Marsha Alexander (not pictured), Member-at-Large

SHAKE Officers

Congratulations to the

University of Montevallo Kodály Institute

for earning the

Endorsed Teacher Training Program distinction from OAKE!

Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
Mountain Brook, AL

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