Thom Borden, a music educator with expertise in Orff, Kodaly, and children's literature was our first presenter of our 2012-2013 season. The workshop was held August 25, 2012 at CSU in the instrumental hall in the UCA.
Throughout the workshop, we were actively moving, playing instruments, dancing, singing, enjoying childrens' literature, and making music.
Some of our favorites activities of Thom's are: Possum Come a-Knockin' with recorders, the Ribbon Dance, Cookie's Week, Queen Caroline canon, Rain Compositions, and Give me Your Hand.
Thom maintains a music blog with many manipulative ideas. You can find a wealth of information for your classrooms. Check it out! http://thomborden.blogspot.com/
Leigh Ann Garner from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota was our October presenter. She brought many new songs and fresh ideas for practicing rhythm and melody. Participants were up and moving, playing new games, practicing rhythm and solfege, and doing partwork.
We created movement and added Orff instruments to "I Don't Care if the Rain Comes Down," We practiced decoding patterns from this song with an activity called "Over the Rainbow."
Pictured is the "Stick to Staff" activity, where a class can be quickly assessed and students' answers can be anonymous.
"Alabama Gal" is a song and dance we all use in our classroom for teaching syncopa, but adding the puzzle with rhythm and stick notation was new for us.
Using manipulatives and props makes rote decoding and the practice phase of a concept much more fun for students (and teachers!). Good listening Holly, put a piece on Mr. Potato Head!
Below is "Stodola Pumpa," a Czechoslovakian song, perfect for TikaTi. No lazy feet!
After collecting pumpkins during the pumpkin relay, ROCKE members created their own patterns to perform with their group. Leigh Ann gave us ideas about how to "up the ante" and to make the same activity more challenging. These were performed as a group, then as all of the groups together, then just the TikaTikas were performed.
Frog jumping with "Frog in the Millpond" is a fun way to earn frog rhythm cards.
This workshop was well worth sacrificing our Saturday for. Thanks for coming, everyone!
All materials and activities are copyright Dr. Leigh Ann Mock Garner, 2011. All activites for classroom use only. Leigh Ann can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org