LOCATION: CCISD, North Pointe Elementary School, Houston TX 77059
Playing with Pieces
There are so many charming pieces in Orff and Keetman’s body of work written for children. Some are short and therefore, easily overlooked. Some are intimidating with seemingly complex forms, rhythms, or meter.
Every time I flip through the pages of those skinny books, a new piece catches my eye. Sometimes I am intrigued by a piece even if I have taught it five times in five different ways. But this time I could use it to ______________________. Sometime a piece just resonates with me, and I have to find a way to use it because I love it.
In this session participants will play some of my favorite pieces from the supplemental Orff/Keetman texts. Participants will play with elements of the pieces in order to expand the overall learning experience.
In short, we will play with what we play.
I hope that teachers are inspired and encouraged to:
explore the original source material and find favorites of their own
find elements of pieces they want to share with their students
expand pieces in ways that will be more meaningful and accessible to themselves as well the students they teach.
Betsy Kipperman has taught general music since 1998. She served on her local board in several capacities. She served on AOSA’s national board as one of the Region IV representatives. She attended the Orff Institute in summer 2007 and the Special Course 2010-2011. Betsy presents workshops for local chapters and National Conferences. She teaches Level I at the University of Kentucky and Level II at George Mason University in the summer. During the year she teaches elementary and preschool music in Washington DC.
LOCATION CONFIRMED: Morton Ranch Elementary, 2502 Mason Road. Katy, TX 77449 DIRECTIONS CLICK HERE
From Seed to Bloom: Growing Creativity and Skill through Music and Movement
Our work begins with a seed of an idea: a theme, concept, melody, dance, or rhythm; that will help to grow the musicianship, artistry and learning experience for our students. In this workshop we will explore lessons that blend music and movement, and encourage student input through improvisation. Ideas for assessment and performances will also be discussed. Please bring a soprano recorder if you have one, and your inner child!
Beth Melin Nelson teaches K-5 music and movement at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, MN, where she is also the Assistant Principal. She received her Masters Degree, with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk, from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN where she currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Graduate Program in Music Education and is the Director of the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Program. In addition to teaching Level II at the University of St. Thomas, she teaches movement in the Levels Course at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She has presented and performed at national AOSA conferences, state MEA's and is a frequent clinician for chapter workshops across the country. Beth's international teaching includes work in Canada, China, Germany, and the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She is currently serving as a member of AOSA's National Board of Trustees as a Region III Representative.
Making Kid Performances Rock!
Please note: this workshop has extended hours (9-3) and is held at M.O. Campbell. Please bring a recorder to this workshop.
Check out the recipe.
Add all ingredients.
Sing, dance, move.
Play Orff instruments / recorders / drums / body percussion. Improvise.
Then let it cook and serve hot!
Participants will analyze the recipe, then perform some of Jim’s favorite pieces for upper elementary school Chorus.
Bring soprano recorders.
Author and National Clinician, Jim Solomon has over 30 years experience teaching music in public elementary schools. He has taught General Music, Chorus, Recorder, and D.R.U.M., a special percussion group for fifth-grade students.
In the summers, Jim teaches Level I Orff Certification at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He teaches Rhythmic Training/Percussion Ensemble for Elementary/Middle School Teachers at George Mason University and Anderson University. He has presented workshops to Orff Chapters and MEAs throughout the country and at nineteen American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conferences.
Jim’s published works include, among others, Hot Jams for Recorder, Hands On,
D.R.U.M., and Conga Town (Alfred Publishing), and The Body Rondo Book (Lorenz Corporation). He was National Board Certified in 2002, and Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County, Florida. Please visit his website congatown.com for more details.