Lesson Plans

A Tale of Two Villages

A Tale of Two Villages  Materials:    Tale of Two Villages, Music for Creative Dance: Contrast and Continuum, Volume 1, Eric Chapelle Objectives:  Locomotor vs. Non-Locomotor Movement Expression of Beat Binary Form (AB) Improvisation  Process:  Students scatter in space, encourage various ways of moving a singular body part; move arm only, or leg, or head, etc., teacher plays drum… Read more »

Bringing Yoga to Our Students

Bringing Yoga to Our Students Contributed by Matthew Stensrud, ACEMM Spotlight Award recipient, Summer 2017 When our classrooms are purposefully focused on the elemental, our students take the helm. Wide-eyes, rustling bodies, cheerful laughter. August is here and our students are back! This also means we must purposefully implement processes and procedures that encourage constant… Read more »

Improvisation Lesson: Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns  an excerpt from This Is What I Can Do: Improvisation Starters for Music Classes K-5 by Patrick Ware I do Teach the words and melody of the B section. Many children will be familiar with this song. After completing the ‘We do’ teach the words and melody of the A section. Where… Read more »

Composition and Improvisation: Oliver Twist

Composition and Improvisation Using Rhythmic Dictation Cards in First and Second Grade: Oliver Twist  Dr. Paul Cribari  One of the most common questions I get as a Level I teacher, is “How do you get young kids to start improvising?” A simple, concise, and easy answer is, of course, impossible. By starting early, however, and structuring activities… Read more »

Contest Winner: Back to School Name Chant

Back to School Lesson Contest Winner! Congratulations to Steve Johnson, Jr. of State Street School in Westerly, RI.  Steve’s Back to School Name Chant was selected as the winner of Teaching With Orff’s lesson contest. We believe this lesson is a great way for you and your students to begin the new year!** Back to School Name Chant… 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 »

Små Grodorna: Swedish Frog Song

Små Grodorna My daughter spent her senior year of high school in Sweden. This was the first song she learned upon her arrival. Apparently every Swede knows this song whether they admit it or not. It is traditionally performed around the maypole at Midsommer, which is an even bigger holiday than Christmas. Here’s a story… Read more »

Engaging Children With Literature: The Deep Blue Sea

Engaging Children with Literature The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Wood ISBN-10: 0439753821 Grade Level: 1st [Adaptable to Kindergarten] Objectives: Sing Sol-Mi-La patterns from icons. Perform beat accompaniment (chord bordun) for a pentatonic song using appropriate mallet technique. Use instruments to represent characters or special words in a story. Dramatize a story with movement; use creative… Read more »

NI HAO! Rock Scissors Cloth

NI HAO! For music educators interested in enriching their music curriculum with authentic world music, NI HAO! Sing and Chant Your Way to China!* presents nine authentic Chinese songs, chants, and games in an easily accessible format for teachers to use with their students pre-K to grade 5. In this excerpt from NI HAO!, Dr…. Read more »