Instruments, Literature, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing

Project Based Learning: Composition

Last week I presented at our Board of Education meeting about Project Based Learning in the music room.  I want to share with you what I shared with them. I think that almost all of what I do in my Orff classroom is Project Based Learning, PBL.  I just had a discussion with a colleague… Continue reading Project Based Learning: Composition

Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Solfege

Sea of Songs

I know concert planning can be a struggle.  I use to always dread it, thinking about all the curriculum time I was giving up.  I know that I was covering important topics and some curriculum, but not in the way I did the rest of the year.  Then a couple years ago I began to… Continue reading Sea of Songs

Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing

Snowflakes

As an Orff Schulwerk teacher I try and utilize the Music for Children Volumes in my classroom as much as I can.  All of these pieces and melodies work great for young students.  When working with the Volumes, I try and be creative in the lyrics and process I write for my students.  It also… Continue reading Snowflakes

Instruments, Orff, Singing, Solfege

Let Us Chase the Squirrel

Fall is here!  I love fall weather and all things fall.  Except for Pumpkin, I'm one of those few Americans who doesn't like the flavor of pumpkin.  But give me some apples and I will go crazy! I love doing songs that can be used multiple years with the idea of spiraling the curriculum.  One… Continue reading Let Us Chase the Squirrel