Our Chapter Share meeting will be 10 am-1 pm, February 8th, 2020 at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School; 85 S. Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL. Registration begins at 9:30 am. If you are interested in being a presenter for our Chapter Share or being on our email list, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow a few extra days for a response.
Fox Valley Orff is proud to announce our next workshop October 5, 2019 with Josh Southard. Orff Schulwerk: Children’s Literature in the Music Classroom Please come visit us at our new location: Kaneland John Shields Elementary School 85 S. Main … Continue reading →
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From Beginning Steps to Leaps and Bounds: Recorder Pedagogy in the Orff Schulwerk Classroom
Bring your energy and enthusiasm as we explore many possibilities for integrating recorder with an Orff Schulwerk approach to general music instruction. Participants will experience process-based lessons emphasizing the development of recorder technique, improvisation, composition, and ensemble playing combined with a variety of elemental media (e.g., speech, singing, percussion instruments) and movement. Participants should bring a soprano recorder to this workshop and other voices (alto, tenor, bass) are welcome.
**please note our new location: Kaneland John Shields Elementary School; 85 S. Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL (10 am-1 pm, registration at 9:30)
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We had a wonderful time this past school year learning and experiencing so many things with each other and are looking forward to the exciting things to come in our 2019-2020 line up! Not only do we have exciting new presenters and topics, but we are also in a NEW LOCATION this coming year! Come and join us at Kaneland John Shields Elementary in Sugar Grove, IL.
2019- 2020 schedule:
September 7: Matt McCoy – “From Beginning Steps to Leaps and Bounds: Recorder Pedagogy in the Orff Schulwerk Classroom”
October 5: Josh Southard – “Orff Schulwerk: Children’s Literature in the Music Classroom”
February 8: Chapter Share
April 4: Meg Tietz – “Planning Programs with Purpose”
We hope you can come sing, say, dance and play with us!
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The new school year is right around the corner and the Fox Valley Orff Chapter has a fantastic line-up of workshops this year to refresh your classroom. We will be meeting again at Country Trails Elementary School just outside of Elgin. Here is our schedule of workshops and presenters. For more specific information on each presenter or session please clink on the workshop tab above.
September 8th, 2018: Diana Hawley- “The Innovative Orff Classroom”
October 6th, 2018: Cynthia Seputis- “Uketoberfest”
February 2nd, 2019: Chapter Share
April 6th, 2019: Lisa Sullivan- “Playing with Improvisation”
Also, the AOSA National Convention is a drivable distance this year and has a wonderful selection of sessions for every topic imaginable. Their information can be found at aosa.org
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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“Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand.“
Fox Valley Orff-Schulwerk Chapter is a group of dedicated music specialists aimed at promoting the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy of creative, active music education through offering quality professional development workshops, networking opportunities with area music educators, and cultivating relationships with current university music education students.
What makes the Fox Valley Chapter different. Our workshops have a two hour session and then an hour Orff Moment that addresses a variety of teachers helping teachers topics. We host 4 different workshops each school year and they are currently held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Prairieview Elementary School in Elgin. Please check out our workshop information using the tabs above.