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2021 Virtual Conference

Every Spring, SongWorks educators from around the world gather for three days of educational exchange, joy, and camaraderie. This year, the SongWorks Educators Association is partnering with Accelevents to bring the conference online for our first ever Virtual Conference, taking place April 8-10, 2021!

Along with live sessions on all three days, we will also be offering asynchronous sessions and activities to view on your own schedule. Live chat and breakout rooms help you connect with friends old and new, and this year—Happy Hour goes virtual!

View more details below!

Registration Deadline: April 4, 2021

Registration has now closed. If you have questions about your registration, please contact SWEA Registrar Alice Nordquist (

For questions about accessing the conference platform, please contact Conference Organizer Aimee Newman (

Conference Details


Registration opens January 4, 2021. The registration fees for the 2021 Virtual Conference are as follows:

Returning Conference Attendees

  • $100* – Regular Member
  • $50* – Retired Member
  • $25* – Student Member
  • $150 – Non-Member

* These options require current or new membership

First-Time Conference Attendees

  • $50* – Regular Member
  • $25* – Retired Member
  • $10* – Student Member
  • $100 – Non-Member

* These options require current or new membership


Registration Deadline: April 4, 2021

Refunds and Cancellation: Refunds are available on Conference Registration fees until March 24 (minus a 10% processing fee). Membership Dues are non-refundable. Contact SWEA Registrar Alice Nordquist ( to request a refund.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance with conference registration fees is available to current and new members. To inquire, contact SWEA Grants Administrator Emilee Knell ( prior to registering.

Graduate Credits and CEUs

Graduate Credits (1.0) and Continuing Education Units (1 CEU / 10 clock hours) are available for the conference through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). If you would like to register for either of these options, you can do so directly through SPU: EDMU 5588 (Graduate Credit) or CEU 3352 (CEUs). The registration deadline is April 10 at 11:59pm PDT. If you have questions, please contact SWEA Academic Coordinator Taryn Raschdorf (


Many members also choose to join SWEA or renew their memberships at conference time, which you can do through the registration link above. You can view more information about SWEA Membership on the Membership Page. Annual membership dues are as follows:

  • $45 – Regular Membership
  • $75 – Sustaining Membership
  • $100 – Patron Membership
  • $20 – Student Membership

Schedule of Events & Presenters

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Live Events

Thursday, 4/8 – 7-9pm CDT

  • Lisa Schoen (MN) – Hello, Goodbye: A Sturdy (Pop!) Song
  • Betty Phillips (OR) – What Happens When You Solve the Riddle?
  • Dr. Douglas Bartholomew (MT) – Blending with Bach
  • Pam Bridgehouse (OR) – Tracks for Reading Nursery Rhymes: Roots, Reasons, and How I Do It

Friday, 4/9 – 7-10pm CDT

  • Alice Nordquist (MD) – Going Down the Railroad: All Aboard!
  • Susan Kenney (UT) – Fiddles, Fifes, Maps, and Mice
  • Rebecca Hahn (MN) – SongWorks for Strings: Using Sturdy Songs, Antiphonning, and Mapping with String Students
  • Dr. Douglas Bartholomew (MT) – Observations on Tonal and Rhythmic Syllables: What’s the Use?

Saturday, 4/10 – 9-11am; 1-3pm CDT

  • Molly Feigal (MN) – Sandgate: A Sturdy Seafaring Song
  • Dr. Taryn Raschdorf (VA) – It Takes Two to Tango: Using SongWorks as a Framework to Teach any Dance
  • Emilee Knell (UT) – Playful Teaching: Using Centers in the Music Classroom
  • Dr. Douglas Bartholomew (MT) – Hide and Seek with Hancock and Hubbard
  • Jake Harkins (VA) – High Stepping Horses: Exploring the Momentum of Sound
  • Vicky Suárez (TX) – Music on the Playground: Songs, Chants and Hand-Clapping Games
  • Sandy Murray (BC) – English EdVentures in Japan
  • Molly Feigal (MN) – Keeping it Musical in an Unusual Year: Breakout Rooms? Yes, We Can!

Asynchronous Sessions

  • Danielle Solan (Hong Kong) – Creative Movement in the Jungle
  • Yuka Inoue, Makiko Miyaki, Eiko Oyoko (Japan) – SongWorks for Japanese English Language Learners
  • Judy Fjell (MT) – Good Dog Ukulele: Let’s Play!
  • Vicky Suárez (TX) – YouTube Lessons
  • Molly Feigal (MN) – YouTube Lessons

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the conference? Do I need special software?

All conference sessions, videos, and activities can be accessed through your web browser. Prior to the conference, you will receive an email with instructions on how to create an account and log into the conference platform.

What if I can’t make it to all of the live sessions? Will live sessions be recorded?

Yes! All sessions—live and asynchronous—will be available to registered attendees on the conference platform for 30 days after the end of the conference.

Do you have another question?

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