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Improvisation and Orff Schulwerk

The following post was first shared at the Meeting of the Minds panel discussion on the topic of improvisation at the 2014 AOSA Professional Development Conference in Nashville Tennessee. What I hope you will take away from my remarks today is that – even if Carl Orff had never existed – improvisation ought to be… Read more »

Jo Ella Hug

When the Spark Feels Dim

Sooner or later in the yearly life of conscientious music teachers, a time of feeling flat arrives. It’s kind of like a carbonated beverage that has lost its fizz. To weather the episode(s), it helps to understand why this happens and what may be required to get on the other side of feeling uninspired in… Read more »

Beth Melin Nelson

Reflect and Refine: A Realistic Approach to a new School Year

I distinctly remember the start of my first school year after taking Level I. Armed with two weeks of Orff Schulwerk education, I was eager to recreate these experiences in my own classroom. I wanted to provide my students with meaningful Orff Schulwerk lessons that flowed with the same seamless artistry that had been modeled… Read more »

Carol Erion

It’s Summer Ear-Cleaning Time!

You’re in your car, stopped at a traffic light. Suddenly, for no good reason at all, a melody from the 5th grade spring concert starts running inside your head. And it stays there until you arrive at your destination. Wakeful at night, one of the songs the 2nd graders were singing last October pops into… Read more »

Karen Benson, Honorary Membership

Blues and Jazz in the Music and Movement Classroom

Blues and Jazz are American genres of music with deep roots that reach to rich traditions. Most secondary and collegiate level schools have jazz ensembles and jazz studies programs. However, elementary and middle school vocal programs are sometimes limited in experiences that enrich students in these styles of music. Perhaps you’ve heard or even made… Read more »

Carol Huffman

Cooperative Learning Strategies

Thinking about Orff Schulwerk – and teaching students and teachers how to incorporate this approach into developing 21st century skills – has been a life-long goal of mine. You say, “But 21st century skills have just emerged.” In theory, they have always been part of our Orff Schulwerk approach from the very beginning.  It is… Read more »

Kay Lehto

Indulge, venture

Aah. Summer break is finally here. It’s a time to relax, refresh, rejuvenate, rekindle your spirit, or challenge your mind. Rediscover the joy. Explore your creativity. Take the long way. Dive into (immerse yourself in) (explore) a culture new to you. These days the world is a click away. Listen to music, taste the food,… Read more »

Julie Scott

A Blog on Singing

For the last 10-15 years, I have been pondering, studying, and presenting workshops about singing in Orff Schulwerk. I even wrote a dissertation titled: “Orff Schulwerk Teacher Educators’ Beliefs about Singing.” My impetus for exploring this topic came from being in a state of “cognitive dissonance” about singing in Orff Schulwerk, something psychologist Kendra Cherry… Read more »

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Middle School Music is Fun! Really!

If you are lucky enough to teach middle school music, you will never be bored guiding and working with this age group. These unique adolescents will embrace your program and ideas with enthusiasm. Their honesty, incredible energy, and brilliant ideas make all of their unusual idiosyncrasies worth it. I am fortunate to teach general music… Read more »