orff for adults

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,…

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summer reading

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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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Class Composition Using So, La, and Mi Suggested Grade Level: Late First Grade, Early Second Grade Objectives: Students decipher eighth and quarter notes by ear Students compose and notate melody using So, La, and Mi Students play melody on Orff instruments from written notation Materials: …

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making it work

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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explore movement

In this lesson from Victoria Redfearn Cave, students will explore movement inspired by the action cards in UNO®. They will also create accompaniment with unpitched percussion instruments. Movement Exploration and Accompaniment is a fun and interactive exercise for your third and fourth grade students.  

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finding instrument 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…

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Katie Wardrobe of Midnight Music shares her music tech lesson plan, which guides students to compose and play rhythms in different meters with Chrome Music Lab. In March, Google launched the free Chrome Music Lab Experiments site to celebrate Music In Our Schools month and to allow users to explore the way in which music works.…

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In this excerpt from Journey Around the Globe with Recorder!*, Darla Meek shares her lesson for soprano recorder, Que Llueva. This lesson includes a game, an Orff arrangement, and a contrasting section composed by the students. *Copyright © 2016 by Sweet Pipes. Used with permission. Journey Around the Globe With Recorder! is a series of 24 lessons for…

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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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