Purposeful Pathways Lesson: Fais Dodo

We hope you and your young students enjoy this Fais Dodo lesson taken from Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom, Book Two – by BethAnn Hepburn and Roger Sams. Designed to encourage active music making, this lesson includes pathways to meter, ensemble, and improvisation.

Click on the link to download the lesson: Purposeful Pathways: Fais Dodo.

BethAnn Hepburn and Roger Sams

BethAnn Hepburn teaches 4th-6th graders at Henry Defer Intermediate School in Streetsboro, Ohio. She is an instructor for Orff Schulwerk courses and a frequent presenter for AOSA and orff chapters throughout the United States, and provides workshops internationally. BethAnn has served on the AOSA National Board, and on the General Music Committee for the Ohio Music Education Association. Roger Sams has been an Orff-Schulwerk teacher, clinician and teacher trainer for over twenty years. He has presented at state, regional and national conferences, has taught in teacher training courses throughout the country, and has served on the National Board of Trustees of AOSA. He is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and his current passion is supporting personal and spiritual growth through the arts.


  1. Michelle Smith on October 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing great lessons and activities through this website. I was wondering if any of the lessons in your publication have assessments or reflections included. In addition, I was wondering if you provide a link to the National Standards or include the standard from your current state curriculums.

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Roxanne O'Connor on November 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Hi there. This lesson looks great. I was wondering what grade level you recommend it for? Thank you!

    • Roger Sams on March 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      The focus of Fais Dodo is 3/4 meter. So I would suggest you use this lesson at whatever grade level your curriculum introduces 3/4 meter. Good lessons using high quality folk material have a pretty wide span of grades that they can be used with. It is not our intention to tell teachers what grade level they should use our lessons with. We would prefer that you refer to you local curriculum and make your selections in accordance with your curriculum. Our philosophy is the curriculum should be created and/or adopted locally. That is why we are clear to articulate that Purposeful Pathways is a collection of curricular materials, but not a pre-packaged curriculum that takes control of curricular choices out of the teacher’s hands. That being said, I am currently in India and just completed an artist in residency at American Embassy School. The fourth graders here are currently working on 3/4 meter with their teacher. I think you can introduce it as early as third grade. I wouldn’t attempt 3/4 with second graders. – Roger Sams

  3. Jan Osburn on November 5, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Thank you so much for Fais Dodo! My first graders are going “Around the World with Felix” and I was looking for an easy French Song. On to Egypt, Greater Africa, and then the U.S. next! This is a GREAT Orff resource! – Jan Osburn

    • Teaching With Orff on November 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Jan, we are pleased that our lesson was so timely for you and your students. Enjoy your travels around the world of music!
      – Your friends at Teaching With Orff

  4. Jared on January 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I am very excited about adding “Purposeful Pathways” to my library. I was wondering if there you have an ETA for releasing Promethean Board files for books 1 and 2. Will they be available to download?

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