The Long Game: Growing From Play

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The Long Game: Growing from Play

Teachers often fall into the pitfall of learning new pieces at each grade level to teach new concepts.  Taking a familiar piece and spiraling it from primary to advanced levels gives students a foundation to build upon.  The pdf linked below demonstrates how we took one piece, Halloween Night, and used it to meet multiple objectives in the primary, intermediate, and advanced levels.  All activities are built as independent lessons within each level.  It is not our intent for anyone to use all components listed below, but to give suggestions on how one piece can be used multiple ways.

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About Christopher Giles and Michael Vasquez

Christopher Giles and Michael Vasquez

Christopher Giles currently teaches at Judge Andy Mireles Elementary School in Northside Independent School District and Creative Development and Pedagogy for undergraduate music majors at the University of the Incarnate Word. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received his BA in EC-12 Music Studies and his MM in Music Education. Mr. Giles completed Levels I, II and III of Orff-Schulwerk certification and two master classes from Trinity University. Mr. Giles has ensembles that perform throughout the community and at school district events. In 2012, he was voted Educator of the Year by his peers. His ensemble, Noteworthy, was an invited instrumental ensemble for the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association state conference. Mr. Giles is the immediate past president of Central Texas Orff and is the TMEA Elementary Division Chair for Region 29. •••• Michael Vasquez currently teaches at Charles L. Kuentz Jr. Elementary in Northside Independent School District and presents across the country on Orff Schulwerk process and pedagogy. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received his BA in EC-12 Music Studies and his MM in Music Education. Mr. Vasquez completed Levels I, II and III of Orff-Schulwerk certification from Trinity University. Mr. Vasquez has been featured as an invited clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Ohio Music Educators Association. Vasquez is also trained in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and teaches movement and recorder at various Orff Schulwerk levels courses over the summer.

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