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Duetto for Glockenspiels

Duetto for Glockenspiels

This piece is easily taught from a “road map.”


This piece is easily taught from a “road map.”

– Have the students sit facing the map.

– Starting from the top of the chart with the first pathway, start on the star and stop at the T, taking the mallets for a walk from hi G to D.

– For the second pathway, start and stop on the hi D. This may take a minute, but someone will get it!

– The third pathway works the same way as the first. —String these three pathways together for the A section.

– For the B section, follow the blue pathways from top to bottom.

– Practice this until it is secure, then play the piece from top to bottom.  (An optional glissando may be added at the end to the octave G.)

– Try this in canon! The students can suggest places to start the canon and by trial and error may find that the canon works best after one beat.

Add some movement improvisation! Some things that have been successful with this particular piece are mirror activities, stretchy bands that are made into shifting “kaleidoscopes”, and, perhaps the favorite, pretending to swim in an aquarium with giant fish puppets as props.

Click here for the full score of Duetto for Glockenspiels.

* Note the “road map” can be recreated on a white/SMART board.

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Cyndee Giebler

CYNDEE GIEBLER lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and completed her master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. She has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional, and national conventions. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom use, children’s chorus, and elementary strings.

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  1. Amy Stuart on November 3, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Wow, looks interesting, but this doesn’t make sense to me. What “T” are you referring to, and how does the pathway tell you to go from high ‘G’ to ‘D’ ? I am definitely missing something…

  2. Stephanie Holtman on November 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I love this piece! Cyndee taught a portion of my Level I course at UW-Stevens Point about a million years ago, and her ideas were all so fresh and fun for kids. Can’t wait to try this canon on my students!

  3. Eileen on November 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

    This is lovely. I can’t wait to try with my students. Thank you for sharing.

  4. leeann on November 6, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Does “T” mean turnaround?

  5. Cyndee Giebler on November 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Hi guys! Sorry for the confusion. I’ve taught this a number of ways. In this case, start at the number and stop at the star. Sometimes the “T” takes the place of the star when I draw the map. Hope this helps. Have fun!

    • james allen on December 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      What about the high G at the end of the 3rd phrase? Do you just teach that separately? Cool ideas all around, though.

  6. Maria Pflegl on January 4, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I love this idea but I’m thinking I must not be getting your shorthand on the ‘roadmap’! What is the ‘T’ ?
    Perhaps I need more training? thanks for including the score as well so it can make sense to me. I’m looking forward to using this.

    • Cyndee Giebler on January 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      No, you don’t need more training, I could have been more clear. Replace “T” with “star” and see if it makes more sense. Sorry for the confusion.

  7. Blair on February 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I don’t get this either. Could you please add the traditional notation to help me figure it out?

    • Cyndee Giebler on February 23, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Click on the link at the end of the article for the full score.

  8. Vijay Joshi on February 14, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Hi! you taught me at depaul university in chi for a summer course. loved your enthusiasm and creativity!

    • Cyndee Giebler on February 23, 2018 at 10:20 am

      I remember it well!! We had a lot of fun. Isn’t this the best work?

  9. Ellie Hodder on February 22, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Question. I have a student glockenspiel missing the high F# and G. F is 3″ long. Any ideas where I can get replacement bars?

    • Teaching With Orff on February 23, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Hi Ellie! Replacement bars are available for all Studio 49 Orff Instruments, and can be purchased through your favorite retail partner. For more information on replacement parts and finding a dealer please visit – Your Friends at Teaching With Orff

    • Cyndee Giebler on February 23, 2018 at 10:18 am

      You can get replacement bars through Music is Elementary or West Music.

  10. Chelsea Siegel on February 8, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    What age do you recommend this for??

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