Making It Work: Creating Performance Ready Products Based on Children’s Literature One of my favorite parts of Orff workshops and trainings is when clinicians share ways to use children’s literature in a lesson or as the basis for a performance. When I began attending workshops and conference sessions I was amazed at the creative, innovative… Read more »
Making It Work: Orff Level I Title Photo Credit: Jennifer Mishra, University of Missouri – St Louis Girls and boys come out to play, The sun is shining bright as day. The birds are back, the air is warm, Oh, come let us sing a happy song. –Adapted from a traditional rhyme by E. Larson… Read more »
Making It Work: Transitioning into Retirement As musicians and music educators, we are aware of many types of transitions in the music we perform and teach. There are sudden sforzandos and gradual crescendos; grand pauses and slow moving ritardandos. We have transitions in our classrooms between activities, and transitions to get students on stage and… Read more »
Making It Work: Family Folk Dance Night Folk dancing is one the most popular components in our lower school music curriculum. Through controlled chaos the dance consistently brings a sense of joy and a feeling of community to its participants. In a subtle way folk dancing encourages risk taking, exercises a sense of self-confidence, and… Read more »
EVERNOTE 101 Access Session Notes Anytime and Anywhere! Evernote is a Note Tracking Tool that can be either web based or synced across devices. It allows for organization, sharing and collaborative editing of information. Evernote is available as a free application, but it is the paid versions that actually enables full functionality especially in… Read more »
We are truly grateful for the opportunity to connect with and support so many amazing music educators across the country. Your dedication to your students inspires us, and your commitment to music and movement education makes the world a better place. Teaching With Orff began as a desire to connect with and encourage music educators across… Read more »
Self-Care For Music Educators in December December is a crazy time for music educators. There is a lot on our plates. We are still teaching all of our regular classes as well as preparing for a concert (or five), with all of the details and logistics that go along with that. Many of us have… Read more »
Many music educators face the conundrum of how to make programs and concerts work for the children, families, school culture and capacity constraints of school performance spaces.
“I remember as a very young child being with my parents in Carl Orff’s composing room. That’s where STUDIO 49 began, and it’s been in our family’s hands ever since.” —Bernd Becker-Ehmck, owner Teaching With Orff is made possible by STUDIO 49 Orff Instruments.
Why Creative Movement in Music Class? Last week we shared how to begin using creative movement with your students. This week Judith Thompson-Barthwell shares why including creative movement is an important part of an Orff-Inspired curriculum. Creativity does not occur in a void! Teach directive lessons to give specific material for exploration Let students experiment with… Read more »