Children's Day is a workshop provided by Alberta Orff every second year. We were lucky to once again partner with the Winspear for this workshop and enjoyed working in such a beautiful space with such accommodating staff. We were also very happy to have Doug Goodkin join us from San Francisco to share his knowledge and skills as a master Orff teacher and respected author.
The Alberta Chapter of Carl Orff Canada and the Alberta Kodály Association teamed up for a fantastic workshop on January 28, at Elizabeth Finch School. We were all thrilled to welcome our clinician Thom Borden from Las Vegas, whose workshop was entitled, "Treasures of Literacy". His presentation included a wide variety of activities, all based on quality children's literature that addressed musical skills and concepts. We sang, danced, rhythmically spoke, played instruments and recorders...and had a blast! Thom's high energy, engaging manner, and enthusiasm were infectious and invigorating. Everyone came away with a treasure trove of new ideas for lessons, games, activities and literature that is usable right away in the music classroom. Many thanks to the organizers from both the Orff and Kodály boards. If you're interested in learning more about Thom, you can visit his blog at http://thomborden.blogspot.ca/
On Wednesday October 12th, 2016 teachers were once again treated to some time with the Ukulele.
On Saturday October 1st music teachers had the opportunity to experience an energizing and motivating workshop delivered by Heather Nail.
On Wednesday, September 21, the Alberta Orff Chapter hosted a sold out make and take event at Crawford Plains School.
Angela Lee (President) presents the Chapter President's Award to Leah Schryver, Charlene Greenwood, Katie Cuthiell and Garth Prinsonsky.
Once again over the summer, the University of Alberta offered Orff Levels I and II. The Alberta Orff Chapter was on hand with the lending library and with a reception after the Sharing Session.
This year we were happy to award four scholarships. Please read their reflections on their experiences below and be sure to look at the photo gallery of pictures taken at the Sharing Session.
On Saturday April 9th our membership were treated to a fantastic variety of presenters and ideas. Each session was focused on a different area of music pedagogy and contained a wealth of fully relevant and realized material.
On Saturday January 30th, 2016 we were treated to an energetic and impactful session with Tim Wiegand. Tim is an educator from Las Vegas and a self published author of a number of elementary music resources. The turnout for this workshop was fantastic and it was great to see some new faces in the crowd.
There are many exciting events coming up in the next few months!
This past Wednesday teachers gathered to learn about the Ukulele from the Alberta Orff Chapter's own Andy Funke. Fundamentals and basic technique were discussed and opportunities to play abounded.
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