This Week at SOTA

NKU School of the Arts - Jan. 25, 2021

Visual Arts collaborates on MLK activity packets

In honor of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Visual Arts Program partnered with NKU's Office of Community Connections to create MLK Day activity packets for local school kids. The packets use art to help kids learn about Civil Rights heroes. Creative activities within ask kids to reflect on ways in which they can enact positive change in the world. Packets include hand-drawn portraits, prompts for self-reflection, and an invitation to respond to Dr. King's call to make the world a better place. Over 700 students received packets for at-home and classroom use. They contained an activity zine, MLK Jr. Day of Service sticker, and NKU Visual Arts Pennant.

Prof. Joe Cobbs (Professor, Sports Business & Event Management) said the zine was a great activity for his family to do together on MLK Day, celebrating Dr. King's legacy. He also stated, "It's such a vital topic for kids to understand and your efforts helped us converse as a family about its importance." Pictured with their productions are Finley (age 7), Harper (age 9) and Griffin (age 5). Thanks for sharing your zines with us!


Project coordinated and designed by faculty Julie Mader-Meersman, Randel Plowman, and Julia Sebastian, with production assistance from Visual Communication Design students Madeline Kunkel and Sydney Bryan. The activity zine was printed in two colors on SOTA's new Risograph printer using soy-based inks. The pennants were screen printed by the project team.

Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference

The Northern Kentucky Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference is in its thirteenth year and is sponsored by NKMTA, NKU School of the Arts and OhioMTA-Southwest. This year's conference will feature Scott Price, the Carolina Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina as our guest presenter. Dr. Price will discuss working with students with special needs and autism. The Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, Feb. 13 and will begin at 12:30 p.m. Please contact Richard Van Dyke at vandyker1@nku.edu to register for the Zoom Link.

About Scott Price:

Scott Price currently serves as Carolina Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina School of Music. He is internationally recognized for his work with students with autism and other special needs and has presented solo recitals and workshops for piano teachers throughout the United States and in Canada, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. Dr. Price is creator and editor-in-chief of the on-line piano pedagogy journal Piano Pedagogy Forum, has recorded 39 compact discs of educational piano music for Alfred Publishing Company, and has published educational compositions with Alfred Publishing Company and the FJH Music Company. Awards include the Best of BGSU Outstanding Graduate alumnus award from Bowling Green State University in 2002, the 2008 MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award, being named a 2009 Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow, the 2012 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award for the University of South Carolina, and the 2019 Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy Outstanding Service Recognition Award. Dr. Price is the founder and director of the Carolina LifeSong Initiative dedicated to providing piano lesson and music experiences for students with special needs, and in fostering best practices in teaching and teacher training.

Dancing into 2021

The students from DAN 375 Choreography class created and filmed their own choreography in the atrium staircase of the Health Innovation Center in the Fall 2020 semester.


Dance at NKU is a highly immersive program with a specialized lens of traditional and cultural genres of dance including African, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and more. We are focused on a holistic approach to artistic education, studying dance anatomy, choreography, dance history, dance pedagogy, and performance with an inclusive eye toward dance as an ever-evolving art form of expression, education, and community through embodied knowledge and academic inquiry. We seek to discover the artist within the human and the human within the artist to develop a future of what the arts can be for us all. We are artists in the making and we are artists making art.

Dancing into 2021

Chamber Choir Virtual Performance

Chamber Choir is an auditioned mixed ensemble in the School of the Arts of 18-24 members. To ensure the safety of the students during the pandemic, the choir has split into two equal groups and function as two separate choirs, all while rehearsing in masks and distanced 12 feet apart. For this performance, each choir learned a Renaissance piece in Italian by Orlando di Lasso, as well as a modern piece in English by Craig Hella Johnson. Special thanks to St. Mary, Hyde Park for allowing the choirs to rehearse and record in their sanctuary.
NKU Chamber Choir (Fall 2020)

Women's Choir "Missa Festiva"

Women's Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble in the School of the Arts. To ensure the safety of the students during the pandemic, the choir has split into two equal groups and function as two separate choirs, all while rehearsing in masks and distanced 12 feet apart. For this performance, each choir learned two movements of a five-movement major work, Missa Festiva, by John Leavitt, and a trio is featured in the third movement. This is sung in Latin and is the traditional text of the Catholic Mass. Special thanks to St. Mary, Hyde Park for allowing the choirs to rehearse and record in their sanctuary.
NKU Women's Choir "Missa Festiva"

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