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Creativity and Active Engagement

The Importance of Creativity and Active Engagement in the Music Classroom While there are many ways in which the technological explosion of the past hundred years has enriched and expanded our lives, Creative Sequence is based on the premise that music, dance, drama, art, and physical activity are still essential human activities that every child should… Read more »

Orff for Adults: Swing-En V

Orff for Adults: Swing-En* V  *The official title of our class, as listed in the OASIS catalog, is “Swing Ensemble for Pitched Percussion.”  My abbreviation for us is Swing-En – a good name for these episodes. A New Beginning The cancellation of classes in the fall of 2000 proved a blessing.  Time was needed to REsuscitate,… Read more »

Making It Work: Summer Reading 2016

Summer Reading List: Professional Development 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… Read more »

Making It Work: Finding the Funding

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… Read more »

Build Your Instrument Inventory: A Five Year Plan

Build Your Instrument Inventory: A Five Year Plan Building a quality instrument inventory can seem like a daunting task, particularly for new music educators. However, with some careful thought and long-range planning, you can present a budget to acquire a full complement of Orff instruments using Brian Burnett’s five-year plan.* *All model numbers are based on the Studio 49 catalog. … Read more »

Making It Work: Recorder Storage

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… Read more »

POP! Goes the Music

At JJ Harris Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, Music Teacher David Osborne made Fine Arts Night POP! National Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. In Georgia, the theme of this year’s YAM was pop art, and students from around… Read more »

Creative Classroom on a Budget

Fact #1: Teachers don’t make a lot of money. Fact #2: Most, if not all, teachers spend their own money on resources and supplies for their classroom. Wouldn’t it be great if a store existed where you could buy a lot of things for your classroom and spend very little money? With just a little… Read more »