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 the state created their own colorful pieces in the style of artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Taking inspiration from this theme, and in collaboration with JJ Harris Art Teacher Whitney Riker, David designed a pop music show for the 4th and 5th grade that featured the students’ pop art projects throughout the performance. The multimedia event was presented in the style of a live radio show, and students acted as DJs and starred in commercials which revolved around the art projects. The pop music featured in the event was student-selected, and David’s own Orff instrument composition is featured (at 14:40) during a mashup-remix.

This fun and innovative event truly showcased the students’ work as well as the value of fine arts education.

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  1. Melissa Grant on October 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

    You Rock!!! I love to see when the kids go the next level….out of the box!

    • Teaching With Orff on October 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Melissa! We think David and his students rock too!
      – Your friends at Teaching With Orff

  2. Carol Spiegel on October 22, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Awesome. I would like to know where the music accompaniment came from and can it be purchased?

    • Teaching With Orff on October 22, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Carol, we are so glad you enjoyed David’s music. We love it too! He created all the accompaniment tracks, and mixed all of the music in the “mashup track” himself. While not for sale, David has invited you to contact him if you are interested in using some of the music. We will email you his contact information in order for the two of you to connect.
      – Your friends at Teaching With Orff

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