Let’s Get Asymmetrical! Activities for Emphasizing Unusual Meter
A world of musical material is available for students to explore using interesting meters like 5 and 7. Participants in this session will experience rhythmic activities, speech, games, and songs that emphasize meters in 5 and 7 as well as changing meter. Session participants will approach musical materials through literacy, playing by ear, improvisation, and composition.
Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday!
Playing the recorder offers elementary students opportunities to develop music literacy and aural skills while also developing creativity through improvisation. Participants in this session will experience a series of sequential recorder pedagogy lessons that progress from playing by ear to improvisation and finally to music literacy. Each lesson includes possibilities for incorporating interactive technology and integrates the recorder with other active music making activities.
Singing + Moving = Student Engagement
Movement is an integral and engaging part of the elementary general music classroom. Singing games, clapping games, and folk dances build social skills and cooperation while connecting to a myriad of musical concepts. Participants in this session will experience singing games, clapping games with movement, and folk dances accessible to various elementary grade levels that can serve as a springboard for student creativity.
Michael Chandler is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Music Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Dr. Chandler taught music and movement to children in Texas public schools for 16 years and was named Teacher of the Year at two different elementary campuses. His student ensembles have performed by invitation at the Texas Music Educators Conference in San Antonio in 2013, 2007, and 2005. Dr. Chandler has taught workshops and conference sessions in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and has taught all three levels of Orff Schulwerk basic and recorder in AOSA-approved teacher education courses across the United States. He is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday! a classroom resource for introducing the recorder in Orff Schulwerk classrooms.