FOR SCHOOL SETTINGS
Journey Around the Globe with Recorder!
The Soprano Recorder in the Kodály Context
World Song! Multicultural Books with Musical Moments
Using Creative Movement to Teach Rhythm Concepts
Movement with Masterworks
Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: The Kodály Sequence for Teaching Melodic Music Reading
Children’s Literature in the Elementary Music Classroom
It’s Music to Their Ears: Listening Lessons for the Elementary Music Classroom
Serious Singing…Serious Fun!
Making Cultural Connections: All Around the Globe with Songs, Games, and Dance
Let’s Sing, Say, Dance, and Play! Introduction to the Orff Schulwerk Approach
Using Children’s Literature to Teach Melodic Literacy
Just Go with It! Improvisation in the Elementary Music Classroom
Routes to Recorder Improvisation and Composition
Add another dimension to your classroom music making with the soprano recorder, guiding your students beyond simple drill and into the realm of making art. During this session, we will explore a child-developmental approach that can transform recorder playing into an integral part of the music classroom experience, rather than an isolated unit. With these performance-ready lessons, notes are introduced individually, in sequence, and in a musical context.
Do you wonder how to use the soprano recorder in the classroom to reinforce the Kodály melodic sequence? Come learn to give your students a solid foundation of recorder instruction and glean new ideas for engaging children in listening, singing, reading notation, playing percussion instruments, and improvising.
How can we expand our students' worldview and sound palates simultaneously? Come explore several children's books that offer students a glimpse into a specific culture and, in some cases, a specific period in history. We will discuss ways to integrate the literature with the arts so that children come to appreciate the diversity that exists in our global society.
Movement may be one of the greatest tools at your disposal for teaching music concepts to your students. Come learn ways to improve cognitive function, strengthen memory, increase attention, and enhance social skills through participating in engaging movement activities.
Come participate in engaging movement activities that immerse children in the music of the masters! After a thorough warm-up, participants will be led through six lessons, one for each grade level (K-5). The powerful kinesthetic sense is the vehicle used to develop musicality through whole-body movement. Even movement-challenged students (and teachers!) can enjoy a “moving experience!”
Yes, you can teach your young ones to read music! Give your students a solid foundation for music literacy with a simple sequence of lessons based on the Kodály approach of sound before symbol. We will participate in demonstration lessons involving singing, playing instruments, dramatizing, and playing games while learning the basics of music reading.
Classic children's literature is an engaging tool teachers can use to lead their students through the music making process toward autonomy. In this session, the printed word serves as an inspiration for singing, body percussion, and creative movement, as well as vocal and instrumental improvisation. Participants will be led through lessons centered around several well-loved children’s books.
Guided music listening activities can have a significant effect on skills that are vital for academic success, such as phonological awareness, vocabulary, and fluency. In this session, we will discuss what the research says about the link between listening and literacy, and participate in demonstration lessons for the music classroom that will aid children in their listening development.
Need some help preparing pieces for your elementary school choir? Look no further - all the work has been done for you! The clinician will present high-quality choral pieces for elementary choirs. Participants will leave with a Score Analysis, Rehearsal Plan, and PowerPoint for each piece.
As teachers, we want to see our students grow, not only as musicians, but as compassionate human beings and global citizens. Teaching music and dance from other countries or regions is an excellent way to open children’s ears, minds, and hearts to the experiences, traditions, and tastes of others. Participants will leave with new resources for engaging children in playing instruments, listening, chanting, singing, and reading notation using music from diverse cultures.
The Orff Schulwerk approach is a way of teaching music by guiding students through imitation and exploration, discovery of the new concept, labeling of the new concept, and finally improvisation and composition with the new concept. Participants will learn to cultivate your students’ natural creativity through singing, body percussion, creative movement, dance, games, improvisation, and instruments.
When we think about teaching music literacy to elementary-aged children, most music educators’ minds turn to Zoltan Kodály. In this session, children’s literature serves as the inspiration for melodic music reading via the Kodály sequence. Your students will enjoy singing, dancing, playing barred instruments, creative movement, and improvisation as they learn to read music notation. An extensive handout and PowerPoint materials will be available to all participants.
Orff Schulwerk educator Brigitte Warner famously said, “We make music our own by making music ourselves.” Learn some simple ways to infuse creativity into your music class! Participants will engage in vocal and instrumental improvisation, choreography, and composition of melodies and texts through engaging lessons you can use Monday morning!
As music teachers, we know that student creativity is an essential element in a comprehensive music education. But how do we teach our students to improvise and compose when we don’t know how to do it ourselves? In this session, participants will explore four routes to creativity using the soprano recorder and learn how to guide students to make musical choices within boundaries.