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Free Webinar Replay: Distance Learning in a District

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Planning for Distance Learning in a School District

This free webinar was made possible by Studio 49 Orff Instruments

This summer Roger Sams partnered with a team of elementary music teachers in the Rockwood School District in St. Louis, Missouri to plan for the possibility of online learning in the coming school year.

During this webinar, Megan Meier, Coordinator of Fine Arts, and music teachers Rachel Puleo and Katie Brown will share how they approached this collaboration and the processes they used. They will also share some of the video that they created to support music teaching and distance learning in the coming year.

Click here to download a pdf containing their slides and links to printable manipulatives and lesson plans.

Click here for more ideas to keep students actively creating music in an online format using Orff Schulwerk teaching process.

Katie Brown is a music specialist in the Rockwood School District, where she teaches K-5 general music and directs an extracurricular honor choir and percussion ensemble. Katie has presented workshops for the Missouri Music Educators Association Teacher In-Service Conference, Missouri Choral Directors Association Summer Conference, St. Louis American Orff Schulwerk Association Chapter, and in both the Wentzville and Rockwood School Districts. In 2014 Katie was the guest clinician for the MMEA East Central Division Elementary Honor Choir. Katie holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees in music education, and is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher. She received her Master level Orff Schulwerk certification from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2018. She currently serves as the vice president for the St. Louis AOSA chapter.

Megan Meier, Ed.S., has served as the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Rockwood School District in St. Louis, MO since 2015.  In her role, she oversees the implementation of art, music, and theatre curriculum in the district’s thirty-one K-12 schools.  She previously served Rockwood as the assistant principal at Westridge Elementary and as the music teacher at Kehrs Mill Elementary where she was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2012.  Beyond her work in Rockwood, Megan has served as a conductor for the St. Louis Children’s Choirs and as music director for multiple churches. Megan earned her B.A. and M.A. (GTRA) in Vocal Music from Truman State University, M.A. in Teaching from Lindenwood University, and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Webster University.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at Missouri Baptist University.  She holds Level 1 Orff certification and completed Level 1 of the Choral Music Experience.  Academic interests include equity in music education, arts integration, and social-emotional learning in the arts.  Personal interests include St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Broadway musicals, and spending time with her husband, Keith, and children, John, Liz, Norah, and Drew.

Rachel Puleo is a music specialist in the Rockwood School District, where she teaches K-5 general music and directs an extracurricular honor choir.  Rachel has held leadership roles in both the University City and Rockwood School Districts, through wiring curriculum  and presenting professional development.  Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education, a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and additional coursework and training through educational technology and Google for Education.  She is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher. She received her Master level Orff Schulwerk certification from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2018.

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  1. Suzi on August 7, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Thank You so much for sharing this free webinar. I have been excited to see this information. I am a 70 year old Special Education teacher in a small rural district in Missouri. (East Carter County R-II). I agreed to set up a high needs functional skills classroom for IEP students. Since body planning is often a barrier for these students, I wanted to make it fun by using rhythm in planning curriculum. Since I am teaching every subject imaginable and then taking this cross curricular approach into the digital world of preparing to distance learn, anything I can absorb is totally welcomed. I asked our district’s 2 music teachers about Orff a few months ago but they thought in order to do it, you would have to have the expensive equipment. Who wouldn’t want those xylophones, but I decided to press forward. I had a bit of Orff in my Music Methods Class back in the 80″s. Still in pressing on I am excited about using that and rhythm with my kids. I did send this free webinar link to them. Watching this was worthwhile to me and learned a few things. You may know my sister and brother-in-law that own Midwest Sheet Music, Mark & Cindy Schellenberg. Thank You!

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