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July 2019
8:00 am — 5:00 pm
@ Wheat Ridge Recreation Center Ballroom

Summer Mini Conference 2019

Percussion, Poems, Pathways: Stories told the Orff Way Two days of exploring, playing and discovery! Explore drumming, dancing, children’s literature, integrated arts and moving for two days of elemental fun! Dr. Rob Amchin is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville and Concentration Coordinator in Music Education. He studied at New England Conservatory of Music, Hofstra University, Memphis State University, Hamline University, University of Michigan, and the Orff Institute (Salzburg). Dr. Amchin is a sought after teacher of Orff…

September 2019
8:30 am — 3:00 pm
@ Gold Rush Elementary

September 14 – Paul Weller

Elemental Music: Doing more with less This workshop will primarily focus on how a well sequenced Orff classroom can achieve music literacy based concepts and foster greater student independence using only the bare minimum of repertoire. Come see how you can sequence a single song or rhyme from Kindergarten through Grade 5 and keep growing musical understanding.  Participants will also experience strategies to create successful improvisation and composition experiences. Paul Weller teaches elemental music to grades K-5 at Jefferson Elementary…

October 2019
8:30 am — 3:00 pm
@ Meikeljohn Elementary

October 12 – Karen Petty

Music is a Verb – A Seasonal Sampler        Music (v):  to sing, to play instruments, to perform, to listen, to describe or analyze, to respond in movement and dance, to compose, to improvise, to learn, to enjoy.     …from Barbara Eberhart Using songs and materials special to Fall and Winter, the focus of this workshop will be teaching musical elements and concepts through active participation. Using the Orff media of speaking, singing, moving, playing and creating, we’ll explore ways to develop and…

January 2020
8:30 am — 3:00 pm
@ Indian Peaks Elementary

January 11 – Joshua Block

Let the Children Be Their Own Composers:      Movement as a basis for musical composition This famous quote by Carl Orff expressed his philosophy that children should be allowed to create music and dance at their own level, inspired by their imaginations. Learning should be pleasurable, filled with joy and excitement. In this workshop, we will explore ways to facilitate improvisation and composition using the Orff media of speaking, singing, playing, and dancing. With today’s talk of 21st Century Skills,…

March 2020
8:00 am — 5:00 pm
@ Mortensen Elementary

March 7 – Beth Ann Hepburn

Elemental Eyes of the Child: Visions of Creativity Come and enjoy a day of engaging lessons that focus on the ways young developing musicians construct meaning through playful exploration. We will explore various manipulatives and themes for imaginative play in the Orff Schulwerk process. We will explore how to differentiate music concepts for the elementary music classroom. We will also explore the elemental possibilities of the Orff Schulwerk Volumes so please bring your Volume I to the workshop. 

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