SongWorks Saturdays

Professional Development Offerings

Professional development workshops offer interactive experiences in singing, movement, listening, and literacy study using SongWorks Practices, guided by the SongWorks Principles of Teaching and Learning

These workshops are crafted to enliven, enrich, and encourage teachers, providing opportunities for vibrant learning, active music making, and meaningful connection with one another.



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Contact Kylie Decker

And More!

Upcoming Workshops

British Columbia SongWorks Professional Development

Sunday, November 26, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

SongWorks: Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning

Presenters: Sandy Murray and Kate Smith

Amenities Room
758 Riverside Drive
Port Coquitlam, BC


Contact Kate Smith ( for more information

SongWorks Minnesota Professional Development

Saturdays: January 27 & April 27 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SongWorks: Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning

Presenters: Terolle Turnham, Lisa Schoen, Rebecca Hahn, Molly Feigal

Augsburg University
Anderson Music Hall, First Floor, M16
715 22nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN


Professional Development Hours available

Contact Lisa Schoen ( with questions

Arizona SongWorks Professional Development

Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SongWorks: Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning

Presenters: Rachel Gunderson, Kylie Decker, and Marilyn Winter

Eisenhower Center For Innovation, Multipurpose Room
848 North Mesa Drive
Mesa, AZ


3 Professional Development Hours available

Contact Rachel Gunderson ( for more information.

SongWorks Oregon Professional Development

Saturday, February 10, April 20, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SongWorks: Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning

Presenters: Betty Phillips and Jakki Moses

Bessie Coleman Elementary
3838 NW Walnut Blvd
Corvallis, OR


Professional Development Hours available

Contact Betty Phillips ( with questions

SongWorks Utah Study Group

Coming this Fall!

SongWorks: Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning

Presenters: Lisa Schoen and Molly Feigal

Meet with other SongWorks teachers to share ideas, ask questions, and brainstorm together.

Watch our social media pages for announcements about when and where!

Contact Kylie Decker ( for more information.

State Music Education Conventions

Oregon Music Educators Association

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Fighting the Mid-Year Slump with Song Games

Presenters: Jakki Moses and Betty Phillips
Sunday, January 14, 2024

What’s in a Song? Playing, Exploring, and Reading

Presenters: Emilee Knell and Betty Phillips

Utah Music Educators Association

Friday, February 2, 2024

Children’s Choir, Meet SongWorks!

Presenters: Emilee Knell and Erin Bailey

Minnesota Music Educators Association

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Kids’ Brains Now: Developing Empathy & Executive Functioning in Music

Presenters: Molly Feigal and Lisa Schoen

Previous Workshops

Presenters: Betty Phillips and Jakki Moses
Date: Saturdays, August 26 & October 14, 2023
Location: Corvallis, OR

The Oregon group has met twice this school year, on August 26 and October 7, at Bessie Coleman Elementary in Corvallis, OR. Jacki Moses and Betty Phillips led a delightful group of veteran teachers and first-year teachers as they played and studied name games, seasonal song games, and song games that are sure-fire hits! After practicing antiphoning with a partner, one new teacher said, “This is such a faster way to teach a song!”

Cape Cod Collaborative SongWorks Workshop
Presenters: Lisa Schoen and Molly Feigal
Date: Friday, October 6, 2023
Location: South Yarmouth, MA

Molly Feigal and Lisa Schoen taught a full day SongWorks workshop for music teachers in Yarmouth, MA on Friday, October 6. Participants experienced playful teaching and vibrant learning while getting a taste of many SongWorks principles and practices throughout the day.

British Columbia SongWorks
Presenter: Kate Smith
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2023
Location: Port Coquitlam, BC

Kate Smith presented a workshop for new and early career music teachers in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia on Sunday, October 8. Together they experienced song games and learned about the principles, practices, and Sturdy Songs of SongWorks through singing, playing, and creating.

Presenters: Terolle Turnham, Lisa Schoen, Rebecca Hahn, and Molly Feigal
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Location: Minneapolis, MN

The SongWorks Chapter of Minnesota had a fantastic time playing, singing and learning at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, September 30. Terolle Turnham, Lisa Schoen, Rebecca Hahn, and Molly Feigal wove together a lovely morning of music study experiences with Skip to My Lou, Sally Go Round, Old Joe Clark, Tue Tue, and Looby Loo.

Presenters: Rachel Gunderson and Marilyn Winter
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023
Location: Mesa, AZ

Marilyn Winter and Rachel Gunderson presented a free 3-hour workshop in Mesa, AZ on Saturday, August 26. With a focus on name games and Halloween songs, they led a group of music teachers through a playful unfolding of musical activities and music literacy. 

And, during a Professional Learning Day for the Mesa Public Schools, Rachel Gunderson led a 50-minute “Introduction to SongWorks” session for music teachers on October 16th. Teachers played with “Old MacDonald” and experienced movement, mapping and music literacy and discussed the value of play and creativity in the music classroom.

English EdVentures
Presenters: Dr. Anna Langness (CO)
Date: Sunday, July 29, 2023
Location: Virtual

English EdVentures, our SongWorks branch in Japan, held an online summer workshop on July 30. Dr. Anna Langness, master teacher, contributor, and developer of SongWorks, presented at the workshop.

Presenters: Emilee Knell (UT), Betty Phillips (OR), Susan Kenney (UT), Kylie Decker (UT), Dr. Brittany May (UT), Amie Searcy (UT)
Date: Friday, July 28, 2023
Location: Provo, UT

Several of our SongWorks teachers worked together to plan a workshop in Utah on July 28. Emilee Knell, Betty Phillips, Susan Kenney, Kylie Decker, Dr. Brittany May, and Amie Searcy came together for a day full of music making and learning with other educators in Utah!

Presenters: Marilyn Winter (AZ) and Rachel Gunderson (AZ)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2023
Location: Mesa, AZ
Presenters: Betty Philips (OR) and Dr. Taryn Raschdorf (ODU, VA)
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Location: Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)