Many music educators face the conundrum of how to make programs and concerts work for the children, families, school culture and capacity constraints of school performance spaces.
“I remember as a very young child being with my parents in Carl Orff’s composing room. That’s where STUDIO 49 began, and it’s been in our family’s hands ever since.” —Bernd Becker-Ehmck, owner Teaching With Orff is made possible by STUDIO 49 Orff Instruments.
Why Creative Movement in Music Class? Last week we shared how to begin using creative movement with your students. This week Judith Thompson-Barthwell shares why including creative movement is an important part of an Orff-Inspired curriculum. Creativity does not occur in a void! Teach directive lessons to give specific material for exploration Let students experiment with… Read more »
Structuring Creative Movement in Orff Inspired Lessons When I took level one I joyously folk danced through the movement segments and really understood that I could use folk dance with my students and how it would fit into the types of lessons I was designing. Then we began the creative movement portion. I loved the… Read more »
Make Room for Music: Photo Contest Winners Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry in our recent Make Room For Music photo contest. We loved seeing all of the innovative and creative ways you have organized and decorated your classrooms for your students. We also loved hearing why you love teaching with Orff! With so… Read more »
Positive Procedures As you anticipate returning to the classroom this fall, do you find yourself wondering how to better manage student behavior? Are you asking yourself how to get your students to stay engaged with your lessons and stop all of that talking and goofing around? Harry Wong states in his book, The First Days… Read more »
Making It Work: Getting Started With Long Range Planning When I began my teaching career I was working in a large county school district, on a cart, in three schools with almost no resources before the dawn of the Internet. I would hear about teachers who were “long range planning” and was completely mystified as… Read more »
The Importance of Creativity and Active Engagement in the Music Classroom While there are many ways in which the technological explosion of the past hundred years has enriched and expanded our lives, Creative Sequence is based on the premise that music, dance, drama, art, and physical activity are still essential human activities that every child should… Read more »
Orff for Adults: Swing-En* V *The official title of our class, as listed in the OASIS catalog, is “Swing Ensemble for Pitched Percussion.” My abbreviation for us is Swing-En – a good name for these episodes. A New Beginning The cancellation of classes in the fall of 2000 proved a blessing. Time was needed to REsuscitate,… Read more »
Summer Reading List: Professional Development Our classroom is packed up, and the children have all begun their summer adventures. Now I will take a few days to relax before I begin summer teaching, professional development classes, and tackle my planning for next year. I make a point to read at least three books for professional… Read more »