Music Education Symposium, June 2017
Joy Nelson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, where she continues to teach levels courses in the Kodály approach. A Presidential Professor and winner of the Regent's Award for Superior Teaching and the University of Oklahoma Students Outstanding Faculty award, Joy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the world, including China, Singapore, Latin America, Europe, MENC, AOSA, and OAKE. Over the years, she has served as President of the Oklahoma Kodály Educators (OKE), Chair of the 1992 OAKE Conference, President of Southern Division, and most recently as President of the National Organization of American Kodály Educators and Director of the Board of the International Kodály Society (IKS).
Joy earned her Kodály certification at Holy Names College and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University. She taught general music and band in Washington State and California and has authored several books and articles for music educators, including The Music Effect, an engaging multi-sensory resource designed to lead children toward music literacy and lifelong participation in music.
Music Education Symposium, June 2018
Jennifer holds a B.M. in performance from Michigan State University, teacher certification from the University of Houston, and a M.M. Ed. from Temple University. She is an early childhood and elementary general music instructor for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and is level one certified in Orff-Schulwerk. She is the author of Sing-To-Kids Songbooks and co-author of the Jump Right In Elementary Music Series. Jennifer is a frequent presenter at clinics for regional and state music education and technology conferences.