Posts By: Marcia Working

Making It Work: Paying It Backward

Paying It Backward I am a retired elementary school music educator and I taught over 30 years in Michigan public schools. I am now mostly retired. I am a teaching artist for an Aesthetic Education program and I have my own private Orff Music Studio, teaching 2 days a week. I love being able to… Read more »

Lesson: Fairy Tale Tableaus

Fairy Tale Tableaus – A Lesson for Dramatic Play The element I find that separates Orff Schulwerk from other teaching processes is the creativity factor. I had no problem setting students up for success and giving them the tools to improvise and create with untuned percussion and the barred instruments. I felt I covered the… Read more »

Poly Spots: What to Do with Them?

Poly Spots and What to Do with Them Ideas by Marcia Working I teach Orff classes in a private studio. I have a wonderful and large teaching space. I’m also a traveling music teaching artist and I go to different locations as part of my job. For both types of situations, I LOVE MY POLY… Read more »

Making It Work: Transitioning into Retirement

Making It Work: Transitioning into Retirement As musicians and music educators, we are aware of many types of transitions in the music we perform and teach. There are sudden sforzandos and gradual crescendos; grand pauses and slow moving ritardandos. We have transitions in our classrooms between activities, and transitions to get students on stage and… Read more »