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Aileen Miracle teaches general music, band, and choir in the Olentangy Local School District near Columbus, Ohio; this will be her twenty-first year teaching. Aileen received her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 1999, and her Master of Music in Music Education from Capital University in 2003; she completed her masters studies at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. Aileen has served as President of the Tri-City Kodály Educators in Columbus, President of the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, and has served on the Technology Task Force for the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She served as the National Program Chair for the 2015 OAKE conference, and co-chair for the 2019 OAKE conference. Aileen has taught Level I Methodology and Folk Song Research for Colorado State University's Kodály Program, Level I and III Methodology and Folk Song Research for DePaul University's Kodály Program, and Level III Methodology and Folk Song Research for Capital University’s Kodály Program. In 2016, Aileen was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Cheshire Elementary. She has presented at OAKE Conferences, and currently presents workshops around the world. She enjoys sharing music education ideas through her blog, Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room, and her podcast, The Music Room.


The Online Registration form can only be submitted once.

Any additional items, or items that need to be removed, cannot be added or changed after the form has been submitted. Additional items, like Mini-Conference and Concert tickets, can be purchased on-site at the Conference.

Conference Registration, Mini-Conference tickets and Guest Badges can be purchased on-site.

If you need to use school funds, or split payment between school funds and a personal credit card, please use the Paper Registration form to indicate how your registration will be split.
Registration for the Conference requires a payment. Purchase Orders are not a form of payment.

Purchase Orders (POs) by themselves are not a form of payment. When we receive a Purchase Order, an invoice will be generated and sent per the instructions on the PO. In order to be registered, payment must be received, by check, with registration, before the Early Bird deadline. Any POs we have received and processed before the Early Bird deadline, with a generated invoice, will be honored at the Early Bird price (this is in case there are delays with mailings, etc). For POs sent after the Early Bird deadline: We will accept POs after the Early Bird deadline, they will have an invoice generated, but the payment will need to be a check in hand, brought to registration on-site.


In order to receive a Refund due to cancellation, one must send a cancellation request by the Regular Registration Deadline. Cancellation requests should be sent to the OAKE National Office in writing by mail or e-mail. Refunds will reflect a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued after the Regular Registration deadline. There are no exceptions to this policy. Exception requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please send cancellation requests to the OAKE National Office.

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About the Editor

Kristopher Brown is a native Texan and a veteran music teacher of 10 years. He earned a Bachelor's degree in music education in the Spring of 2010 & a Kodaly Specialist Certificate from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and was announced “Teacher of the Year” in 2013.

Kristopher served as Hays CISD Honor Choir director from 2012-2015 and helped develop the Central Texas Children’s Choral Festival with Sarah Martinez, which will be celebrating its 8th year this May. He currently teaches at Blanco Vista Elementary and serves as Webmaster for the Hays Elementary Music Department and Blanco Vista Elementary.

Kristopher is accredited in Dr. Tacka and Houlahan’s “Kodály in the Classroom” Lesson books, and helped write a majority of the 3rd, 4th & 5th grade pedagogy lesson plans.

Kristopher Brown Specializes in implementing technology in the Kodály classroom, developing pedagogical content, and creating Curriculum based body & breathing warm-ups.

Kristopher currently serves on the KET board as Vice-President & Webmaster