Attention Music Educators! Enter the Why I Love Studio 49 Contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Munich, Germany in July 2015. Upload your video, fill out the contest form, and get your friends to vote for you–the video with the most votes wins!
As Fourth of July weekend festivities continue across America, I was drawn to the folk music that symbolizes our great freedoms here in America. One cannot look far in the folk music tradition without encountering Pete Seeger, a true icon of this music in the 20th century. Pete passed away this past January, but his… Read more »
The second edition of our Orff in Pop Culture series once again features the musical talents of Jimmy Fallon and crew. A video circulating social media shows Jimmy with Kevin Spacey and a barbershop quartet…singing a rendition of the popular song “Talk Dirty.” What does this have to do with Orff, you ask? To me,… Read more »
I recently ran across a great video on YouTube…Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” on The Tonight Show. As this impromptu duo records the vocal accompaniment into the iPad app, I couldn’t help but realize that this was Orff in action! These two were recording layered vocal ostinati as an accompaniment… Read more »
Today during my morning Facebook ritual, I noticed a few of my friends had posted something about a fourteen year old genius who had been placed in special education. As someone who spent two summers working with teenagers with mental disabilities, I was intrigued. This young man has Aspbergers and the school he was in… Read more »
In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms. This 7-minute video, with teacher commentary, models how children learn through… Read more »
This 2-minute video offers a brief look at the journey of discovery that children experience making music and movement the Orff-Schulwerk way. Be sure to watch the video of an Orff class in action for a more detailed explanation of Orff Schulwerk!
Assessments must be an integral part of the instructional process, are sources of information for students and teachers, and must be followed by high quality corrective instruction. Click below to find these Guidelines for Success from a workshop by Dr. Tom Guskey from the University of Kentucky. Assessment for Learning
It was an inspiring weekend at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference this past weekend in Columbus! There were many phenomenal general music clinicians, including some Orff specialists. I have outlined some of the sessions I attended below, as well as some resources they have published that are very helpful in supporting your… Read more »