Making It Work: Instrument Storage and Organization

The Active Music and Movement Classroom: So Much Fun “in Store!” Drue M. Bullington A glimpse into one teacher’s answer to the challenges of having students manage the use and storage of a variety of instruments in an active elemental music and movement classroom. One of the best things about being a classroom music teacher… Read more »

Making It Work: Quiet Music Lessons During Testing

Making It Work: Ideas for Quiet Music Lessons During Testing Season In most public schools around the nation testing season is upon us.  In my district we begin this week. For many music educators that means quiet music lessons. Finding ideas that are quiet, engaging and meaningful as well as meets the needs of students… Read more »

Making It Work: Children’s Literature

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

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

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

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 »

How to Use EVERNOTE to Organize Session Notes

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 »

Love, Gratitude, and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

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 »

Making It Work: Self-Care for Music Educators

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 »