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Making It Work: Structuring Creative Movement

By LeslieAnne Bird / October 5, 2016
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Structuring Creative Movement in Orff Inspired Lessons When I took level one I joyously folk danced through the movement segments and really understood that I could use folk dance with my students and how it would fit into the types of lessons I was designing. Then we began the creative movement portion.  I loved the…

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Making It Work: Long Range Planning

By LeslieAnne Bird / July 27, 2016
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Making It Work: Getting Started With Long Range Planning When I began my teaching career I was working in a large county school district, on a cart, in three schools with almost no resources before the dawn of the Internet. I would hear about teachers who were “long range planning” and was completely mystified as…

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Making It Work: Summer Reading 2016

By LeslieAnne Bird / June 15, 2016
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Our classroom is packed up, and the children have all begun their summer adventures. Now I will take a few days to relax before I begin summer teaching, professional development classes, and tackle my planning for next year.  I make a point to read at least three books for professional growth over the summer months…

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Making It Work: Surviving the Last Two Weeks

By LeslieAnne Bird / May 25, 2016
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Lesson Ideas to Survive (and Thrive!) Until Summer I have been watching Facebook posts and it seems that some fortunate souls are already on summer break. If you are one of them – lucky you! Some of us have a few weeks left, and others have a bit longer until we can put our feet…

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Making It Work: Finding the Funding

By LeslieAnne Bird / May 11, 2016
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In her latest installment of Making It Work, LeslieAnne Bird explores strategies to support music educators in finding the funding for new Orff instruments. When I began teaching using the Orff Approach I had not one barred instrument in my classroom.  While it is possible to teach Orff without barred instruments, I wanted my students to…

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Making It Work: Recorder Storage

By LeslieAnne Bird / April 6, 2016
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I am the type of teacher who uses recorders with my students throughout the year. Sometimes we use the recorders every lesson for several classes in a row; sometimes we don’t. Because I use my recorders in this way, asking the children to take them home and bring them back each class does not work…

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Lesson: Shaping Up Creative Movement

By LeslieAnne Bird / February 24, 2016
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Shaping Up Creative Movement LeslieAnne Bird shares her process for utilizing the elements of movement to interpret the English folk song “The Keys of Canterbury.” The lesson encourages students to review and take inspiration from a performance by Dance Studio Kadans, which can be found in this YouTube video. National Standards 3MU:rR9.1.4a Demonstrate and explain how responses to music…

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