A Teacher’s Reflection on Children’s Day, 2015
What an amazing day was had by all at the 2015 Alberta Orff Children’s Day. The main change this year was that it was held in the Winspear Centre on a Tuesday, rather than at Westboro School on a Saturday. I found it to be much easier to bring students on a weekday than a weekend. I’ll recap our awesome day for you, and hope to encourage you to bring your students in 2017.
On February the 21st, 2015, the Alberta Orff Chapter hosted Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles for "Orff Schulwerk Under Construction." Many local teachers were in attendance to learn from the very popular authours of the Gameplan series.
While Jeff & Randy are very well known for their publications, their adept ability to put on a fantastic workshop were proven in spades in what was to be a very satisfying day. Based on the construction theme, they presented a wide array of activities and strategies for older and younger children. In addition, they presented material that could both be tried right away as well as selections to develop over a longer period of time. With their impressive body of work behind them, Jeff & Randy still managed to present almost all new material.
Randy & Jeff are famous for their Gameplan series. As we anticipate their workshop on February 21st, we would like to take the time to highlight some of their other publications.
Click "Read More," to learn about the new additions to the library for February, this month featuring the works of Randy & Jeff.
Please contact Lorna, our Chapter librarian for these and other resources available to all members: email@example.com.
Last Wednesday, January 21st, a handful of Alberta Orff Chapter members met at Michael Strembitsky school to play some arrangements from the volumes. Kim Friesen-Wiens was on hand to lead the group. Pieces were mostly chosen from Volume one and included those for the whole ensemble as well as a piece just for glockenspiels. One attendee mentioned that she was grateful for the opportunity because she is appreciative of "any help that [she] can get." Another attendee noted how it was advantageous to be able to get together and share ideas.
The last song we all played together was our own version of the famous "Street Song," where we all improvised on the classic theme. On a side note, it is interesting that "Street Song" is not only a "fan favourite" made famous by many Orff ensembles, but these days also tends to show up on some TV shows and advertising campaigns.
On January 21st, members of the Alberta Chapter of Carl Orff Canada will have the opportunity to meet at Michael Strembitsky school to explore the music of Orff and Keetman's volumes of "Music for Children," together. We hope you will consider joining us to come and play a xylophone or two (and perhaps even a glockenspiel!) while we play this wonderful music together. If you have not done so already, you may even consider taking out a membership to enjoy this perk and other perks as well such as access to our lending library.
On October 4th, 2014, Edmonton area music teachers met at Westboro elementary school for Drum, Dance, Chant presented by Sherryl Sewepagaham. Sherryl treated workshop participants to a lively day of songs and dances of the First Nations and Métis people.
Every second year, Carl Orff Canada presents a national conference. The last conference was in Halifax, Nova Scotia in April of this year. April 2016 promises another happy and lively event in beautiful Saskatoon. It will be hosted by the Lethbridge, Calgary, and Saskatchewan chapters of Carl Orff Canada. See you there!
Last Saturday September 20th, fans of, and past and present members of Carl Orff Canada Alberta Chapter met to celebrate at the Executive Royal Inn. A wonderful meal was shared as many reminisced about many of their favourite Orff memories.
Last year's Make & Take was a fun filled evening where area music teachers had a chance to walk away with some class sets of materials that were ready to use. One of the fun things for many teachers came from the opportunity to think through new and exciting ways to use these resources. In this article I will introduce you to some of the items that are to be made this year and give you some ideas as to how you might use some of these items in your classroom.
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