Lesson Plans

Body Percussion Lesson

Body Percussion with Ollie Tunmer Do your online or in person socially distanced lessons need a little spicing up? Ollie Tunmer of Beat Goes On has some fun ideas using body percussion (no sharing!) that can be used for virtual or in person learning. Ollie does not stick to the usual, pat, clap stamp and… Read more »

Webinar Replay: Distance Learning in a District

Orff Online Planning for Distance Learning in a School District This free webinar was made possible by Studio 49 Orff Instruments This summer Roger Sams partnered with a team of elementary music teachers in the Rockwood School District in St. Louis, Missouri to plan for the possibility of online learning in the coming school year…. Read more »

Webinar Replay: Orff in an Online Format

Orff in an Online Format How to Support Active Music Making From a Distance This free webinar was made possible by Music Is Elementary and Studio 49 Orff Instruments. Join Charissa Duncanson and BethAnn Hepburn for this playful event designed to share ideas to keep students actively creating music in an online format using Orff… Read more »

Elemental ‘Ukulele Lesson: Lavender’s Blue

Elemental ‘Ukulele Lesson: Lavender’s Blue Are you interested in teaching ‘ukulele while continuing to work on the skills that you’ve been cultivating through Orff Schulwerk and Kodály processes? The new Purposeful Pathways supplement, “Elemental ‘Ukulele”, by Lorelei Batislaong and Roger Sams is designed to support just that kind of learning. You’ll find Kodály literacy processes,… Read more »

Lesson: Henry the Hungry Hound

Children’s Lit and Lessons that Fit: Henry the Hungry Hound My intent in presenting my recently released children’s book, “Henry the Hungry Hound” was the idea of pairing the message of kindness and creating interactive musical experiences for the students.  As an Artist in Residence for two weeks meeting with each Kindergarten, First, and Second… Read more »

Lesson: Coppernickel Goes Mondrian

Coppernickel Goes Mondrian Lesson to be used along with Coppernickel Goes Mondrian, by Wouter van Reek, used with permission from Enchanted Lion Books. Materials Visuals of rhythm cards 1 and 2 and visuals 1 and 2 (colored square images). Visuals of Mondrian’s art works, Broadway Boogie-Woogie, Victory Boogie-Woogie and Composition A. White and black construction… Read more »

Lesson: Straighten Up and Fly Right

Straighten Up and Fly Right: Jazz Movement in the Elementary Classroom As part of a personal mission to introduce more Jazz into my classroom, I designed this lesson to expose my Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes to the Nat King Cole Trio and Jazz. I used this dance in a performance in a private boys… Read more »

Lesson Plan: Haru Ga Kita

Haru Ga Kita  Spring Has Come  Haru Ga Kita (Spring Has Come) is a Japanese shôka (“school songs” used to introduce Western music). Tatsuyuki Takano wrote the text and Têichi Okano composed the melody in 1910. This song is special to me because as a child, I remember learning Haru Ga Kita to perform for my school’s May Day performance. We borrowed aloha shirts from our… Read more »

Lesson: Apples

Apples Matthew Stensrud shows how you can use one theme, yummy fall apples and guide children to experience, create and compose a bushel of musical experiences for all of your K-5 general music classes.   Click here to download Matthew’s printable cards.

Lesson: Rain of Leaves

Rain of Leaves Last week Joan Eckroth-Riley and Wendy van Gent told us about Music Learning Theory and how MLT and Orff-Inspired teaching can work together. This week they have prepared a fall lesson that combines the philosophies beautifully. Objectives for Rain of Leaves: I can- -Sing create melodies in la hexatonic -Perform rhythms accurately… Read more »