Saturday, Sept. 9th 2017
ISU campus, Normal
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
As elementary music teachers in 2016-17, what continues to draw us to Orff Schulwerk? What materials, tools and processes resonate with our students? How do we know that the lessons we design and the pieces our students perform actually lead to student learning?
In our time together, we will explore how to foster musical, creative, and thinking skills in the elementary music classroom using the Artful-Playful-Mindful project. We'll model strategies for bringing the music of other cultures into your classroom...specifically songs and games from Thailand.
Diana Hawley Larsen teaches Kindergarten through sixth grade music in the Iowa City Community School District. She holds a BA in Music and Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College and an MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas. Before moving to Iowa, she taught in St. Paul, MN and at International School Bangkok in Thailand. In 2014, Diana received a Barbara Potter Scholarship from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association to attend the International Summer Course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Working closely with Jane Frazee and several contributors, Diana co-edited and authored Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action: Orff-Schulwerk Classroom Projects for a New Generation of Learners.
PAUL CORBIERE + MELISSA BLUME
Saturday, October 14th 2017
ISU campus, Normal
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Drumming is so much more than playing drums! Join World Music Drumming Staff Members Paul Corbiere and Melissa Blum for a day of hands-on activities that will help your PreK-Grade 5 students with every aspect of music-making skills, with some fantastic life and character education skills thrown in for good measure. We will explore activities for getting started, proper tone production, beat-keeping, kinesthetic awareness, creative exploration and expression, improvisation, ensemble playing, incorporating other classroom instruments with drumming, sound stories, respect, team-building, listening, focus, and much more! No previous drumming experience is necessary; please bring along a soprano recorder.
Paul Corbière lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where he is a K-‐5 General Music Teacher. He is the cofounder of the Beat For Peace program combining World Music Drumming and Resiliency Research. Paul received his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from the Ohio State University in 1992 and his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Education degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1989.Paul has been a featured clinician at state and national Music Educators Association Conferences, AOSA Conferences as well as a featured presenter for the European Council of International Schools. He is a consultant for the Just Play It! Classroom Harmonica Method, a classroom Blues Harmonica curriculum. Paul has published materials for drum, xylophone, and recorder ensembles: Skins, Sticks, and Bars; Happy Jammin'; From BAGs to Riches.
Melissa Blum has over 25 years’ experience teaching music at the pre-K, elementary, middle school, and adult levels. She is a Vice President at West Music, where she is Director of National Sales and Service and an Educational Consultant for early childhood products and World Music Drumming. She developed and writes curriculum for Sing & Play & Learn Today!, West Music’s early childhood music and movement program, bringing music classes to children ages 6 months through 5 years and their families.
Melissa has been a member of the World Music Drumming Faculty since 2009, creating the curriculum and teaching the Drumming Up the Fun! workshop, for teachers of children ages 3-8. Melissa has facilitated World Music Drumming ensembles as a team-building exercise at a variety of corporate and community events for children and adults, and is a clinician for state music conferences, Orff chapter workshops, daycare/preschool providers, public school professional development events, and ECMM educators on the topic of incorporating developmentally appropriate music activities in the pre-k- grade 2 classroom setting.
Saturday, February 24th 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Orff Schulwerk & Kodály: Stronger Together
Music teachers often feel they need to choose between the Kodály and Orff Schulwerk philosophies of music education, but both approaches center on helping children discover music and creativity in a natural way. Why choose when you can do both? Come sing, say, dance, and play – see how incorporating techniques from both Orff Schulwerk and Kodály inspired teaching can strengthen the teaching already happening in your classroom. Participants will learn a variety of repertoire ranging from folk music to source material from the Orff Schulwerk volumes and will explore how the two pedagogies can intertwine to support students in their music making and musical learning.
Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Decorah, IA. He has served on the OAKE national board, an AOSA committee, and has held leadership positions in state and regional organizations for both Orff Schulwerk and OAKE. Ellingsen teaches in the Orff courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Memphis. He has presented at OAKE and AOSA national conferences.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Do have a favorite activity that you bring back every year due to enthusiastic student response? How about a piece that really rocked your program? Email our chapter president and let her know that you'd like to be placed on the list of presenters!