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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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. …

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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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In this movement and music lesson from Manju Durairaj, Building Empathy Through Diverse Children’s Literature, educators utilize children’s books to guide their students through exercises designed to increase empathy, challenge stereotypes, and encourage friendships. “Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins.  And it’s up to you…

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In this excerpt from Recorder: A Creative Sequence*, Alan Purdum shares his lesson for soprano recorder, Green Sally Up. Students use low D and E for playing and improvising, and experience the jazz elements in a children’s hand clapping game. *Copyright © 2014 by Cedar River Music. Used with permission. The third volume in the Creative Sequence series,…

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Shaping Up Creative Movement LeslieAnne Bird shares her process for utilizing the elements of movement to interpret the English folk song “The Keys of Canterbury.” The lesson encourages students to review and take inspiration from a performance by Dance Studio Kadans, which can be found in this YouTube video. National Standards 3MU:rR9.1.4a Demonstrate and explain how responses to music…

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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.

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