Volume 25, Issue 3
Newsletter of PAOSA Chapter 5 Spring 2014
Issue Highlights Workshop Schedule
Excerpts from the Archives
Grants & Scholarships
2013-2014 Workshops April 26 Jay Broeker The Creative Curriculum: Fostering Understanding Through Improvisation and Composition May 17 Chapter Sharing and Potluck
Planning Ahead for the AOSA National Conference November 6-8, 2014
Membership Information 10
Upcoming Workshops April 26, 2014 9:00-1:30
The Creative Curriculum: Fostering Understanding Through Improvisation and Composition Musical improvisation and composition are highly sophisticated forms of "knowing in action". They require that students integrate skills and understandings with a dynamic sense of "what works." For this reason, creative musical projects provide ideal opportunities for exploring the depth of a student's musical understanding. This workshop provides procedural models and sample materials for developing students' musical understanding through composition and improvisation experiences. We will examine a sequence of activities for eliciting students' creative responses and consider models for assessing the musical understanding inherent in each product or experience. Jay Broeker teaches general music for students in grades K - 2 at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota. Mr. Broeker holds both KodĂĄly and Orff Schulwerk certification, and works as a clinician and consultant for national, state, and local music education organizations in the areas of creativity, curriculum development, and effective teaching practice. During the summer, he is an instructor in music teacher education courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His commissioned choral works have been performed by national, regional, and state honor choirs and are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and by Boosey & Â Hawkes. 2 Â
May 17, 2014 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM Chapter Sharing and Pot Luck* Exploring Locomotor & Non-Locomotor Movement in the Classroom Bring a friend and a dish to share! *This workshop will be held at an alternative location: St. Aloysius Academy 401 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Workshop Reviews A Special Music Workshop
by Journey Renea Barksdale
A Student Perspective of Our “Orff in Action” Workshop
One Saturday in January I went to the music workshop that Teacher Dawn and her music teacher friends organized. When I got there I saw Mateo. I didn’t know he was coming. The workshop was at the Abington Friends School.
We put our coats away in the science room and then went to the music room for the workshop. The teacher was really nice and she was also funny. The first thing we did was yoga. I learned some poses called the “mountain,” the “down dog,” the “warrior one” and “warrior two,” the “turtle,” the “river,” and the “rock.” Some poses were high, some were medium and some were low. It was hard but I tried my best.
Then we did a little play called “The Snowy Day.” Mateo was the main character, Peter. I was the snowball fighter, the snow hill and the snowflakes. When the play was almost over I put a paper snowflake on Mateo’s head and everybody laughed when they saw this.
Afterward we had some lunch in the science room. I had grapes, pretzel sticks, a bagel with cream cheese and some cookies. I also saw a huge lizard. I was very shocked.
Workshop Reviews Orff in Action
By Barron Lacy The presenter, Lori Arner, shared an engaging activity which incorporated a story about the cycle of a drop of water, and Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons. This activity included cards with past tense verbs from the story. The students needed to create movements that demonstrated the words on their cards, which were consistent with the feel and character of the music.
Another fun activity explored the range of the voice and gave the students an opportunity to visually graph their created vocal patterns. The presenter concluded the workshop with a quick summary and transition to the next presenter.
Both of these activities were transitioned nicely and was a good example to me, not only of how to help students explore weight, space, and time, but also, of how to connect other disciplines such as Language Arts.
Make it Your Own
By Michael Pechter and Chana Rothman The presenter, Anne Puckett, began the workshop by modeling a very beautiful welcome song activity. We were taught the melody and then we were asked to create our own movement for part of the melody. This set up the theme of the presentation: allowing your students more creative ownership. The Sasha dance, in small groups, using body percussion patterns in different original formations, yielded really fun and interesting results. It was lovely to watch the creativity of each group! The “paint on your feet” activity was another fun activity. For this activity, we walked around the space as if we had paint on our feet, then hands, then knees, nose, etc. Transferring body percussion rhythms to found percussion in small groups was another awesome activity. The presenter concluded the workshop with singing and dancing to “Alabama Gal”, and then adding barred instruments. We then added a B section, improvising over “Alabama, New York, Mississippi, Idaho, Alabama, New York, Mississippi, Maine”. The dancers also got the chance to improvise vocally. This was a wonderful upbeat closure. The workshop gave a thorough, joyful approach to encouraging student creativity. Lots of concrete examples were provided and offered the opportunity for maximum student participation. We were so inspired and energized!
“The elemental approach naturally follows child development.” - Becky Burdett
About Becky: Becky has been teaching in the Lake-Lehman School District for 9 of her 14 years as a teacher. She currently directs the chorus program for grades 7-12 and teaches guitar classes. She mentors new teachers in her school. Becky has served as the K-6 general music teacher and elementary chorus teacher. Becky holds Teaching Certificates in both the Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk approaches. Why Elemental Music Education? The elemental approach to music and movement education benefits me as a teacher because I have learned to analyze music and divide it into small pieces and elements. Good analysis leads to good process, and good process leads to good, sequential and musical learning. What others are saying about Becky: “To watch Becky in the classroom is to watch poetry in motion! She handles multiple tasks with ease, has a lovely rapport with her students and she exposes them to an aesthetic that is often compromised in other elementary music classrooms. Her lessons focus on sequential skill building in five different arenas: singing (Kodaly influenced), recorder playing, mallet instruments, movement and dance, and improvisation.” Nancy Sanderson, Director, The Performing Arts Institute “Mrs. Burdett has been the cornerstone to our music programs and our school in general. She is enthusiastic, dedicated and energetic, and shares these qualities daily with students and staff alike. If a task needs to be accomplished, or a volunteer is needed, Mrs. Burdett has her hand up. She has an infectious personality that has contributed to both her own success and the many successes of her students.” Nancy Edkins, Principal, Lake-Noxen Elementary School
Spring greetings, PAOSA, and hopefully warmer ones than the last edition of the PENTATON. We have had such an invigorating series of workshops this year, and our remaining workshops are sure to continue that theme. Be sure to check out the detailed information in this newsletter.
We know that this PSSA season of the year brings a host of new challenges in designing and implementing meaningful instruction. What better remedy for the “assessment blues” than the joy and creativity of Orff Schulwerk? Jay Broeker, who is our next presenter in April, wrote of training teachers in the Orff approach:
“We have tried to balance the use of historical Orff and Keetman resources, folk music, and integrated arts materials. We have included lessons that promote artistry for the classroom and others purely for students’ personal musical growth. We have learned to trust our individual styles and choices, understanding that different models in the course show students multiple interpretations and applications of this large and inclusive philosophy.” 1
After having completed my levels training under his teaching, I can say with absolute certainty, that this is a workshop which must not to be missed.
We will wrap up our 2013-‐2014 season with our chapter sharing workshop and potluck; always a yummy time for our ears and our mouths. I look forward to celebrating ideas generated from the creative minds (and kitchens!) of our own membership. Please note the location change in this newsletter. Due to a conflict with scheduling at Abington Friends, Stephanie Benedict’s school, St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr, will be hosting us. Thanks, Stephanie, for helping us find a temporary space.
Lastly, if you have not made plans for your summer, there are many options near and far for teacher training and professional development. If you have never taken your levels courses, seek out the listing of great offerings from around the country. AOSA maintains a schedule on their webpage under the professional development header.
Have an outstanding wrap up to your year! ~ Lori
1 Wang, Cecilia Chu. Ed. Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions. GIA 2013.
EXCERPTS FROM THE ARCHIVES – PART III This is an ongoing series about the history of our chapter as presented by our historian, Rose Grelis
1982-‐1983 (11th year) Unfortunately, the only information contained in the archives is a 4-‐page list of private schools in the Delaware Valley Area. If any reader has information on this year, we would be glad to have a copy of it. 1983-‐1984
Our flyer for the Saturday, October 8, 1983 workshop announced a new venue for workshops – Rosemont School of the Holy Child in Rosemont, PA. This workshop had a reduced fee of $1 and the contact persons for information were Louise Bradford, Nancy Moffitt and Tossi Aaron. There were 18 attendees at that workshop. They also distributed flyers for the National Conference in Cleveland from Nov. 2-‐6, 1983.
The Saturday, November 19 workshop was held at the Rosemont School, this time from 12:45 to 4 pm and again at the reduced fee of $1. It contained lots of convention ideas and materials related to Basic Instrument, Movement, Recorders, Improvisation, Drama and Pentatonic Folksongs.
The January 1984 workshop, included handbell ringing with Sandy Martin, Director of Handbells at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church; a February workshop was held on Sunday (arranged especially for those who can’t usually come on Saturday) and the clinicians were Nancy Moffitt Director of Music, Rosemont School, and Frances Davidson, Director of Music at Oak Lane Day School.
In March there was a workshop entitled “Children’s Choirs and The Orff Approach with clinician Betty Ann Ramseth. The morning session was an open rehearsal with 250-‐300 children for the Children’s Choir Festival After lunch there was a workshop with reading packet, and a focus on Orff – featuring Central Schwenkfelder Church.
The possibility of an all-‐day Saturday workshop in April with a nationally-‐known Orff Specialist was suggested “if we can raise enough funds!”
Saturday, May 2, 2981 – Peggy Peach – Very special half-‐day workshop. This workshop series (minus the conference) was available as a workshop package for $20.
Note: Peggy Peach was then an Orff teacher at the Anne Arundel Community College. The flyer included the following: “For ten years, Peggy taught at the Key School (Annapolis MD) where she founded an Orff program.”
As an added attraction during that year, the archives included a flyer for the American Boychoir that performed on April 25, 1981 at the First United Methodist Church in Moorestown, NJ.
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Workshop Information Workshops are held in the music room of the Lower School Building, which is the building all the way to the left of the Abington Friends School campus.
Coffee and gathering begins at 8:30 a.m. Workshops run from 9:00-‐1:30. Bring a bag lunch or bring $5.00 for pizza and a drink.
PA Act 48 credits and NJ Professional Development Certificates are available. To qualify: 1. Sign in for the appropriate state with John Bednar before the workshop begins. 2. You must remain for the entire workshop. 3. At the end of the workshop Act 48 recipients must submit a PDE evaluation form. 4. If you have met the above requirements, you may pick up your PA or NJ certificates before you leave.
Directions to Workshops Abington Friends School 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046 Using Pennsylvania Turnpike - Get off the PA Turnpike at the Willow Grove Exit, Rt. 611, go South on 611 (Old York Rd.) about 4 or 5 miles until you get into the Jenkintown shopping district (small shops right along sidewalk). The first light is Greenwood - turn left. The first light on Greenwood is Washington Lane – turn left, second driveway, turn right into Abington Friends School. - From the North - take the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike south to Rt. I-276 East. Follow directions above. From the State of Delaware and Delaware County, PA Take I-95 North to Chester and exit at Rt. I-476 Plymouth Meeting (Blue Route). Stay on I-476 and go onto the PA Turnpike East. Follow PA Turnpike directions above. From Chester County, PA Take Rt. 202 to the PA Turnpike East. Follow PA Turnpike directions above. From New Jersey - From Central Jersey - Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow PA Turnpike directions above. - From Tacony Palmyra Bridge - Cross the Bridge and follow Rt. 73 North through Philadelphia (becomes Cottman Ave.) and into Montgomery County where it is called Township Line Road. Turn right onto Jenkintown Road, which becomes Greenwood Ave. Turn right onto Washington Lane. Abington Friends is on the right. - From Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges - Take Schuylkill Expressway I-76 West and bear right at Roosevelt Boulevard Extension. Exit at Broad Street Rt. 611 North and follow directions below. From Philadelphia Take Broad Street North (Rt. 611) and bear right onto Old York Road. Turn right at the end of “The Pavilion” shopping center onto Washington Lane. Abington Friends is 1 1/2 blocks on the right. Via Train Get off at the Jenkintown train station. Follow Greenwood Ave. to Washington Ln. School will be across Washington Lane to your left.
Membership in AOSA and PAOSA
Membership provides opportunities for continual development of the teacher. Active participation in our area workshops will inspire creative musical growth. By associating with other talented music educators, you can share ideas at a professional level. Teachers who are new to the Orff Schulwerk process and don't have access to the barred instruments, will be introduced to many other skills which still nurture the Orff process. *AOSA and PAOSA do not have a unified membership. American Orff-‐Schulwerk Association Member Benefits:
• By becoming a member of AOSA, you will form associations with other talented arts educators who continue to seek professional renewal and growth in the same atmosphere of playful spontaneity and musical discovery that your students will experience in the Orff Schulwerk classroom. • Membership provides teachers with unique opportunities for creative musical growth through their own active participation in area workshops and national conferences. • Members receive two quarterly publications: The Orff Echo, which publishes scholarly and research articles that extend understanding of the Schulwerk and related approaches to music education; and Reverberations, an on-‐line publication containing AOSA news and teaching resources that support classroom applications of the Orff Schulwerk. • You will be eligible for AOSA sponsored grants and scholarships for teacher education, instruments and other special creative projects that are associated with Orff Schulwerk and that will benefit the music education of children. • You gain access to the AOSA video library, which contains hundreds of professionally produced, informational videos. • Members save 50% on registration for the annual AOSA professional development conference held each November. • You will be able to use the Members Only section of the AOSA website which includes teaching resources, on-‐line videos, access to research related to Orff Schulwerk, and much more. Visit www.aosa.org for more information.
Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association Member Benefits: * The Pentaton: Local newsletter issued 3 times a year. * PAOSA workshops: Free admission to all 6 workshops. * Chapter Directory: Provides contact with other PAOSA members. * Complimentary admission to workshops for your administrator. * Members may bring one guest per year for $15 fee. * Individual workshops are $40. Membership fee pays for itself after 2 workshops
Announcements Book Reviewers Needed Do you like to read? Do you like to share your experiences with children's books, higher education texts, or sources you recently found that you are incorporating in your curriculum? The Orff Echo publishes book reviews. If you are interested, check out recent book reviews in The Orff Echo. We need great teachers like you to share the amazing books you have read and presently incorporate in your classroom.
Summer Courses at Villanova Villanova University offers an Orff Certification Program July 21-‐August 1, 2014 Level I & II: 4 graduate credits. One week supplemental courses will be offered each week for those who have completed Level II. This is a great opportunity to add 3 graduate credits to your transcript for each supplemental course. Consider joining Nick Wild, Janie Vance, BethAnn Hepburn, and Michelle Fella Przybylowski. http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/music/summerstudies.html
Yard Sale We will be selling off all of our miscellaneous items at our next workshop. Come get some materials at a good price. Also, we plan to sell our entire library of Orff Schulwerk books. Keep an eye out for further information. We have lots of resources we know you will want to have in your personal library.
Member Shout-Outs! On October 27, John Bednar, with fellow pianists Joan Johnson, Bruce Tonkin and Robin Ward presented a concert as the Two By Fours Piano Quartet at the Ware Family Recital Hall in the Swope Music Building of West Chester University. They performed on two matching Steinway concert grand pianos and WCU music students who attended earned recital credit for the performance. On the program were quartets and duos from the piano repertoire from Bach and Beethoven to Copland and Charles Williams. The performance had previously been presented in Montgomery County. Martha Glaze Zook, who teaches at Settlement Music School in South Philly, was featured in an article titled, “Closing in on Proof of Arts’ Value to Kids”, which appeared in the March 23, 2014 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. For more information go to the link below.
2013-2014 PAOSA Board Members President Lori Arner LArner@crsd.org 540-‐742-‐2704
Program Chair Michelle Fella Przybylowski Musarch@aol.com 215-‐938-‐7483
Past President Dawn Pratson firstname.lastname@example.org 267-‐971-‐0926
PENTATON Editor Fran Surkin email@example.com 978-‐771-‐4590
Vice President Kate Bright Bright184@yahoo.com 717-‐761-‐1010
Act 48 Administrator John F. Bednar Jr. Jbednar1@verizon.net 610-‐539-‐6295
Membership Chair Stephanie Benedict Sbenedict915@verizon.net 267-‐738-‐1382
Historian Rose Grelis firstname.lastname@example.org 610-‐328-‐9784
Website Editor Linda Wardell email@example.com 302-‐988-‐7020
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Member at Large Martha Glaze Zook email@example.com 215-‐925-‐8948
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Secretary Alaena Silva email@example.com
Treasurer Jennifer Sheridan Jennifer.Sheridan@mac.com 610 526-‐9189
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