Music educators often feel pressured to choose between Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly. Why choose when you can have both? This session will highlight how these two active music-making approaches can not only co-exist in the music classroom but can strengthen one another. Attendees will participate in a variety of activities in which Orff and Kodaly philosophies intertwine to create musically meaningful experiences for students.
Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music at John Cline Elementary (Decorah, IA). He earned his B.A. at Luther College (Decorah, IA) and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk. He has served on the national board for the Organization of American Kodály Educators, is a Past President of the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, a Past President of the Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, and has served on the board for Minnesota Orff. Ellingsen teaches in the music education department at Luther College, the Southern Methodist University Orff Course (Dallas, TX), and has presented workshops and sessions at state, regional, and national conferences.