Lesson Plans

Drip, Drop, Pitter, Patter, and Explore!

Drip, Drop, Pitter, Patter, and Explore! Spring is in the air, or so we hope! The weather is often a topic of conversation, and the sounds of spring offer a wonderful opportunity to sing, say, dance and play in the music classroom. Music educators usually agree that some important goals for the youngest learners through… Read more »

Venturing into Vocal Improvisation

Venturing into Vocal Improvisation One of the beautiful parts of Orff Schulwerk teaching is that there are so many different avenues toward creativity.  Every teacher, during their Orff training, finds areas where they feel comfortable expressing themselves, and others that feel less natural and more exposed.  This is part of the beauty.  Everyone finds areas… 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 »

Lesson: Be Our Guest!

Be Our Guest! Exploring Vaughan Williams through Kitchen Utensils A food-themed exploration of Vaughan Williams’ “March Past of the Kitchen Utensils” through movement and play!  YOU’RE INVITED!  As educators who use movement to initiate music learning, we often explore a variety of themes to make connections with our students and to make these experiences lively… Read more »

Lesson: Harvesting Creativity

Harvesting Creativity: Using Folk Repertoire as the Seed for Making New Music As Orff inspired music teachers, we all believe that one of the ways students demonstrate musical literacy is by creating new music.  In order to have students in upper grades feel confident in their creative skills, though, it’s important to have younger students… Read more »

Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog Celebration of the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on Friday, February 16. To help your students welcome The Year of the Dog, Chet-Yeng Loong has shared two wonderful activities, including an excerpt from her book NI HAO! Sing and Chant Your Way to China!* Happy Chinese… Read more »

Percussive Play Lesson: Go to Bed, Tom!

From their new book, Percussive Play, Roger Sams and Michael Vasquez share this fun lesson that is sure to delight your students as they play with excuses and reasons for not going to bed! Designed to encourage active music making, this lesson includes pathways to rhythm, literacy, partwork, and composition. Click on the link to… Read more »

Lesson: Mister Snowman

Joan Eckroth-Riley shares an excerpt from her book Everyday Improvisation; Interactive Lessons for the Music Classroom. Mister Snowman is a wonderful wintertime lesson for your elementary students! Click here to view a downloadable pdf of this lesson plan.

Lessons with Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Lessons with Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is a charming children’s book about a too-tall Christmas tree that keeps getting whittled down, providing Christmas joy for a variety of humans and animals alike, from a wealthy man to a mouse.  I actually don’t remember how I learned about the book, but it… Read more »

Duetto for Glockenspiels

Duetto for Glockenspiels This piece is easily taught from a “road map.” This piece is easily taught from a “road map.” – Have the students sit facing the map. – Starting from the top of the chart with the first pathway, start on the star and stop at the T, taking the mallets for a… Read more »