This workshop will focus on the similarities between many different methodologies and how an Orff focused classroom can achieve literacy based concepts and foster
student independence. Participants will experience strategies to create successful improvisation and composition experiences, assessment tools to help propel students quicker towards musical independence, as well as how to use less repertoire to achieve more literacy.
Paul Weller has been teaching elemental music for the past 12 years in Minnesota to grades 1-5. He earned a B.A from St. Olaf College, M.A. in Education from Saint Mary’s University and Orff-Schulwerk Certification from University of St. Thomas. He has taught workshops both locally andnationally, teaches Orff Schulwerk Level I, serves on both the Minnesota Orff and Kodaly boards, and is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America National Education Advisory Council.