Students and music educators alike benefit from a culturally responsive classroom environment which affirms students’ backgrounds and links students’ home and school communities. A folk song collection within a school setting is one effective method of connecting students’ home and school musical traditions. Participants of this workshop will explore issues of cultural responsiveness, learn how to conduct their own song collection, and discuss how to respectfully integrate music of student cultures into the Orff Schulwerk music classroom. Participants will leave this session with a toolbox of songs and games from the United States and around the world!
Christa Jones teaches General Music at Concord West Side Elementary School in Elkhart, Indiana. She is an active teacher education clinician and has presented at state conferences and workshops in Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee. She graduated with a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL where she also completed all three levels of Orff Schulwerk teacher education.
At her school, she is the Team Leader for the student academic and behavior Strategies Team and Chairperson for “Anne’s Kits for Kids”, an after-school educational workshop series for kindergarten students and their caregivers. In her community, she teaches Music Together family classes through the Goshen College Community School of the Arts, and is a member of the Goshen-based treble choir, Notable Women.
She is passionate about bringing high-quality music education to her students and is committed to providing a positive, engaging classroom environment where students can grow personally and musically. She facilitates exciting hands-on lessons, integrates traditional folk music from many different cultures, and works to inspire students to become strong and confident individuals through the avenue of music education. Christa is a member of the National Association for MusicEducation (NAfME), Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Board Member, American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Indiana Orff-Schulwerk Association (IOSA) Board Member, and the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).
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9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided
$20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID
Annual membership $40| Four workshops plus annual membership $90
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