The excitement of the beginning of the school year is passed. I don’t know about your classroom but it seems every pencils eraser has disappeared. It is about this time each year that a lesson idea refresher is due to put some life in those lesson plans while gear up for the holidays. So what a great time to attend a Fox Valley Orff Schulwerk Chapter workshop. We are please to welcome Cathy Dunafin on November 18th, 2017. Cathy will be leading a workshop in early childhood music from birth through 1st grade. And then as a bonus she will be leading our Orff Moment on great resources for your classroom. So if you have a resource you can’t live without, please bring it and Cathy will be sharing some of her favorites as well. Please join us for our next workshop- Preschool Music: Building the Foundation through Exploration and Play.
School has begun. The weather has begun cooling down. It is time to refresh yourself with a some professional development. We have had a schedule change so this year our first workshop will be October 14th. We are welcoming Dr. Jui-Chang Wang for a multicultural workshop A “Musicking” Classroom: Singing, Playing, and Dancing around the World. We will be visiting a number of countries around the world including Korea, China, and a closer to home place as well.
And while you are marking your calendar you can add the dates of the remaining workshops for the year:
November 18th, 2017- Presenter TBA
February 3rd, 2018- Chapter Share
April 14th, 2018- Nick Wild
CPDU’s will be provided at all workshops.
The warm weather and crocus bulbs signal that spring has arrived. And with the coming of spring we look forward to our last Fox Valley workshop of the year. We have had a couple of changes for the April workshop and the first is the date, which is now Saturday, April 8th. The second is that we will be join by Mona Mann, presenting Orff lessons that can be used throughout the year. Kevin Brady will join us in September for his insights in working with early childhood students.
Sing, play, and move through the school year with a variety of Orff-Schulwerk based lessons for your classroom. Participants will have fun playing recorders, composing, and working in the meter of five as we travel the calendar from September to June.
Saturday, October 8th will be our next workshop with Peter Hinch, presenting “Adventures in Movement.” The workshop begins at 10 a.m. at Country Trail Elementary School in Elgin.
Several years ago, while doing some spring cleaning, Peter found a collection of records “Adventures in Music”and decided to take a closer look at what this is all about. These are wonderful recordings of some great music that appeal to children. We will explore these gems through dance, rhythmic exercises and creative movement.
Peter is an active presenter and has presented several times at the AOSA national conference. He teaches in West Chicago and is a member of the Greater Chicago Chapter.
This coming Saturday, September 17th, is the workshop with Doug Goodkin that is being held jointly with Greater Chicago Orff Schulwerk Association. It will be at Concordia University in River Forest. There is a free parking garage (Visitors lot #5) on campus for you to park in off of Bonnie Brae Place. The Workshop will be in the Chapel. The address is 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.
Doug Goodkin is an internationally known presenter with many published music education resources. He is known as a fierce advocate for children’s needs in education. He has taught in The San Francisco School for the past 42 years. He is a frequent teacher at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria and you can find his TEDx Talk on YouTube.
He is asking that if you play a band or orchestral instrument that you bring it to the workshop.
Playing with Pieces
Broaden your pedagogical understanding through the Schulwerk-singing, saying, dancing, and playing. Betsy Kipperman teaches general music class and children’s choirs in the D.C. area. She has attended the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria and is a presenter and teacher trainer throughout the United States. She was recently a Region IV Representative on the AOSA national board.
Don’t forget! We have moved our workshops to the nearby Country Trails Elementary School- 3701 Highland Blvd., Elgin.
Come join us for the 2016 – 2017 school year in our new location at Country Trails Elementary School in Elgin.
The following workshops are scheduled for the 2016-2017 school year:
• August 27, 2016 – Betsy Kipperman presents “Playing with Pieces”
• September 17, 2016, in a co-sponsored workshop with GCAOSA –
Doug Goodkin presents “Orff for All Ages”
• October 8, 2016 – Peter Hinch presents “Adventures in Movement”
• February 4, 2017 – Chapter Share
• April 1st, 2017 – Kevin Brady presents “Orff and Early Childhood”
All workshops: 9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided
Country Trails Elementary School | 3701 Highland Woods Blvd. Elgin, IL
$20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID
Annual membership is $40
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or check our website at www.foxvalleyorff.org
As we enter Spring and the last leg of the school year, we invite you to join us for our fourth and final workshop of the year!!
RACHEL AUPPERLE has been working with children in grades K–8 for the past ten years. She received her master’s degree in music education from Illinois State University, and her bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: she has earned all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk Certification. Aupperle has presented at ILMEA festivals, Illinois Music Education Conference, and Illinois State Orff Levels Courses. She has taught Orff Schulwerk movement levels at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and Illinois State University.
Come one, come all!
Join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016 for our annual chapter share. We will sing, dance, play, speak, and more! Specifically speaking we will explore meter through movement, play a few recorder pieces (bring yours along), and explore lessons inspired by children’s literature. All led by our very own chapter members and leaders. If you still would like to share email us at email@example.com.
Hope to see you there!
Our next workshop is in just under two weeks away!
Andrea Donahoe, our Vice President, is presenting!
Creating Cross Curricular Connections in the Music Classroom
Making cross curricular connections in the music classroom is an exciting opportunity for students to experience content from their general classroom in an aesthetic environment; with their mind, their bodies, and their hearts. Join us for this workshop where participants will explore inventive music lessons that are additionally connected to classroom content and support common core and 21st century learning objectives. We will also explore tips and tools for finding authentic opportunities for integration and advocacy of our work. See you on October 3!
Additionally, our featured Orff Moment will be Stations. Bring your cameras to take pictures as we participate and play, exploring station examples you can create in your own classroom!