Two of a Kind: Using the Paired Skills from Volume I
16 September 2017
The two outer sections of Music for Children Volume I contain many song arrangements and instrumental
pieces that Orff teachers have loved and taught to students again and again. Less familiar to some is the material in the middle section titled “Rhythmic and melodic exercises.” These pages contain a wealth of musical material that can unlock children’s creativity while developing musical skills and concepts, and they represent the core of the Schulwerk. It was Orff and Keetman’s intention that teachers continue using this material even as the children work into the later volumes of MFC. Participants in this workshop will experience the paired skills in Part II of Volume I through singing, speech, instruments, and movement while reinforcing the elements of music and exploring ways to feature the students’ own musical material in performances.
Playing with Pieces
14 October 2017
There are so many charming pieces in Orff and Keetman’s body of works written for children. Some are short
and therefore, easily overlooked. Some are intimidating with seemingly complex forms, rhythms, or meter. Every time I flip through the pages of those skinny books, a new piece catches my eye. Sometimes I am intrigued by a piece even if I have taught it five times in five different ways. But this time I could use it to ____________. Sometimes a piece just resonates with me, and I have to find a way to use it because I love it. In this session, participants will play some of my favorite pieces from the supplemental Orff/Keetman texts. Participants will play with elements of the pieces in order to expand the overall learning experience.
In short, we will play with what we play.
I hope that teachers are inspired and encouraged to explore the original source material and find favorites of their own, find elements of pieces they want to share with their students, and expand pieces in ways that will be more meaningful and accessible to themselves as well the students they teach.
UAOSA Board Workshop
24 February 2018
This workshop will provide a rich variety of learning opportunities for participants, including singing, saying,
moving, and playing, all focusing on basic Orff Schulwerk pedagogy. UAOSA officers include experienced, knowledgeable music professionals. They will present tried and true, practical ideas that can enhance your students’ music experience.
Drama and Dance in the Music Classroom Bringing "Play" to a New Level
24 March 2018
In this workshop, participants will explore how theatre and dance can be used to engage students AND foster musical creativity. “Dance” can be an intimidating word to both kids and teachers, and often movement is the part of Orff Schulwerk that teachers have the hardest time justifying or incorporating into their lessons. Theater is an especially great way to “trick” kids into dancing. So is problem solving – setting up a situation where the kids are thinking and planning and don’t realize that they are dancing. Along the way, we build vocabulary as well as powers of observation and critical thinking that apply to many disciplines. In music class, we play with the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony and arrangement, to enable the children to create their own work. We can also isolate elements of drama and play with them so that children can create their own theatre. Theatre games and exercises are fun in a classroom, but can also be integrated in a meaningful way to help your students create performance.