Lesson: Leaf Children

A beautiful children’s book and autumn leaves inspire creative movement and encourage children to make aesthetic choices about instrumental accompaniment to their leaf dance. A repeated refrain from the book provides an opportunity for vocal improvisation and the lesson also includes suggestions for creating an operetta. This lesson is suggested for children in grades K-1.

Download Marjie Van Gunten’s Leaf Children Lesson


About Marjie Van Gunten

Marjie Van Gunten

Marjie Van Gunten retired after 40 years of teaching music from early childhood through college level and is currently the AOSA Communications Coordinator. She has served on The Orff Echo editorial board, presents workshops on composition and improvisation and leads summer institutes on arts integration. Her training includes bachelor and masters degrees in music and post-Level III Orff Schulwerk training.

8 Comments

Mary Ellen

LOVE the lessons you are sharing with us. I send them to my principal who in turns sends out to all teachers. We are a Fine Arts Elementary school and really need to improve our MATH scores. Do you have any music lessons that target Math?

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Becky

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Dee Deerman

I love the lessons you post – even if I can’t use it for some reason this year, I save them for future use. They are GREAT!

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Janet

This is a lovely and engaging lesson. The art teacher, PE teacher and I (music) created an integrated unit for kindergarten using this book. In art, students created leaf prints and Mod Podge projects, the PE teacher took students on a leaf walk and did leaf-related parachute games. In music, we followed Marjie’s lesson, went an improvised “leaf walk” using paper bags for leaf sounds (presto, allegro/largo), and followed contours of the book pages for vocal exploration. Thank you for this lesson!

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