Lesson: Ice Cream Please

The spring semester is a perfect time to let students have a little more independence and the opportunity to create. This Ice Cream Canon from Angela Leonhardt is a fun lesson to use in the spring.
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Earth Song

Using Earth Song by Frank Ticheli, students are given elemental composition tools to craft unique movement accompaniments to a poignant and timely vocal piece with themes of peace and hope - just in time for Earth Day 2024!
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Orff Levels

Making It Work: Post-Level III

Have you taken all three Orff levels and don't know what to do next? Scott Roether has you covered with ideas to keep growing and learning in the Schulwerk.
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Orff Levels UMSL

2024 Summer Orff Levels

Are you considering taking an Orff Levels course this summer? Your colleagues share their insights about this transformative professional development experience.
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Peter and the What If

Peter and the “What If?”

How can music educators transform a traditionally passive listening experience into an active elemental experience?  Let’s start with movement! 
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Lesson Plan: Hit 2 3 4

This drumming and moving lesson plan from Chris Judah-Lauder is sure to energize your intermediate grade musicians! All you need are hand drums and some space.
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Harry’s Horrible Hair – Scavenger Hunt

Inspired by her book "Harry's Horrible Hair,"Theresa Cocci's scavenger hunt lesson will help students match visual clues from the book, with corresponding rhythm cards. Students will compose body and instrumental percussion from their found clues, reinforcing rhythm reading.
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Autumn Leaves

Karen Petty shares a melody and movement lesson for grades 1-2 that allows your students to demonstrate rhythmic and melodic patterns as they embody the colorful swirling leaves of fall.
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General Music and Special Education

LeslieAnne Bird shares tips on how to meet the needs of our special education students and what to do to protect your student and yourself if you are denied access to the appropriate documents.
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From Across the Street

“From Across the Street” is an excellent way to introduce Dominican music and instruments for Latine Heritage Month (or anytime). Readers will enjoy learning about the different sounds and instruments in the culture of the Dominican Palos tradition.
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Somebody. Who? You!

Karen Benson shares a speech piece she composed that demonstrates how that same selection would look in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 of AOSA Teacher Education Levels Courses. We would love to see YOU at a level this summer!
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Orff Levels UMSL

Summer Orff Levels 2023

Are you considering taking an Orff Levels course this summer? Your colleagues share their insights about this transformative professional development experience.
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