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Betsy Kipperman

  • 3200 Almond Creek Drive Houston, TX 77059 USA (map)

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.

Earlier Event: October 13
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Later Event: March 30
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