Jim Solomon
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Jim Solomon

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.

BIO

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.

 

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Beth Melin Nelson
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Beth Melin Nelson

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!

Bio:

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.

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Betsy Kipperman
Jan
12
9:00 AM09:00

Betsy Kipperman

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.

Bio:

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.

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Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

Chapter Share

  • Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Room 131 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Members share a lesson that they love from their teaching.  Come join us for a morning of camaraderie and great ideas!

PARKING INFORMATION:  Permits are not required for lot 16B (student side/ungated) on the weekends.  We can park in any space on this side as long as it isn’t numbered.  The numbered spots are metered and must be paid for. 

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Paul Cribari
Jan
20
9:00 AM09:00

Paul Cribari

  • Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Room 185 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From Models to Masterpieces: Using the Schulwerk as Models for Composition

When an artist learns to paint, they first copy the great works. Eventually, the artist gains mastery of the techniques used by the original artist, and is then free to explore their use in new ways. In this session, participants will examine pieces from the Music for Children volumes in much the same way. Pieces will be examined for the elements that make them unique, and participants will be guided first to modify the original works, and then to compose works of their own – pieces that could have come out of the volumes.

*Please bring along a barred instrument for this workshop.

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Andrew Ellingsen
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Andrew Ellingsen

  • Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Room 185 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sequencing Folk Dance in the Music Classroom

Just as music teachers sequence rhythmic and melodic learning, we can also sequence the teaching of folk dance. In addition to teaching dances for enjoyment and cultural context, come learn and experience a framework for sequencing the "content" of folk dancing. Participants will learn dances for use in the classroom and discuss how to sequence folk dances into a meaningful progression that enables students to spend less time struggling and more time moving.

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Patrick Ware
Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Patrick Ware

Hip Cats and Cool Kids (Jazz in the Orff Classroom)

Join us as we explore the world of jazz in the general music classroom. Be prepared to scat, swing, move and grove as we mesh the Schulwerk with America’s music – Jazz! You will experience all aspects of the Schulwerk from speech and song to rhythm and movement. Student success guaranteed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

FOOTWEAR: 

Post Oak has a poured rubber floor that will be great for movement, but can be damaged by shoes with high heels or hard heels like cowboy boots.  Sneakers, any soft-soled shoes, socks, or bare feet are all great!  Please leave your stilettos at home for Saturday.  :)

PARKING:

Parking at the Bissonnet Campus
(entrance is on Avenue B)

On Campus Parking

1.     On the weekend, parking is available in all open spots including the peace circle (click here for parking map)

Off Campus Parking

2.     Please park along Avenue B if there are no remaining spots on campus. On the weekend, parking is also available in the neighborhood off of Ave. B.

3.     Additional parking is available across Bissonnet Street, in the lot for Feld Park.

Please do not park anywhere on Episcopal High School's campus.

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Apr
1
9:00 AM09:00

Tricks of the Trade: Chapter Sharing

  • University of Houston: Moores School of Music, Room 131 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We know as the AMAZING music teachers you are, that you have a few "tricks" up your sleeve! At this special April Fools edition of the Texas Gulf Coast Orff Chapter Share we will explore the "tricks of the trade" as music teachers. How did you get that 4th grade boy to finally match pitch, that kindergarten class finally learn to keep the beat, or that unruly 3rd grade class to start working together? What tricks do you have? No matter the topic, we'd love for you to share.

Download Notes here. Please download both documents.

April 1st, Chapter Share Notes

Chapter Share Notes (2)

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