Posts Tagged: lesson

Lesson: Haiku Inspired Creative Movement

Using the beautiful and spare language of haiku as a model, students create movement compositions that become a “score” for instrumental pieces. This lesson is suggested for upper elementary or middle school students who are mature enough to grasp the intent of haiku: to express a big (and sometimes emotional) experience in a very few… Read more »

Lesson: “Thank You” Canon

You simply can’t have too many rounds and canons in your teaching repertoire.  Nor can you have too much gratitude in your life and classroom!  This “Thank You” canon is intentionally written to be very simple so students can learn and perform it quickly.  We know that it is helpful to have simple lessons that… Read more »

Life After Certification – Three Things

Although I could write a ton about everything I’ve learned so far this year about being an Orff teacher, I think most of it can be summed up with these three things:         1)      Being an Orff teacher takes time. Teaching in the Orff-Schulwerk style requires educator mastery of the material, which can… Read more »

Improvising and Composing Lesson 2

Improvising and Composing with Familiar Rhythms, Drums, and Barred Instruments Introduction and Lesson 1 There are four lessons in this series. Students will identify, compose, read, and perform 16-beat rhythms containing quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, syncopation, and quarter rests. They will compose and perform melodies using Dorian mode, accompany themselves using a tonic… Read more »

Exploring Our Roots, Expanding Our Future: Lesson 4

Exploring Our Roots, Expanding Our Future: Lesson 4 Since most of the elements in this particular part of the lesson have already been introduced, most of the time will be devoted to students constructing possibilities for the final form of the piece. Download the lesson here: Roots Lesson 4 Video Demonstration: