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I am a certified Orff-Schulwerk elementary music teacher, teaching in an urban school. I switched from secondary to elementary music teaching in 2006 and it's been the best move (not financially! ) of my career. If you want to have major impact on students concerning music education, elementary is where it is happening. Disclaimer: The topics in my blog do not necessarily reflect what is happening in my current teaching position or with my current students, administration etc. I have a long teaching history and may chose to deal with an element or problem that I have witnessed or experienced in a previous school or have seen being dealt with by other teachers I have encountered...so there!

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I Still Enjoy Student Performances

Posted by The Orffsite Webmaster on Monday, February 6, 2012,

Originally Posted by The OrffSite Webmaster on Thursday, December 23, 2010

My elementary choir students finished up the semester with a mini choir tour and skating trip. Even though our venue was local, it was like my old secondary days. I hope they enjoyed the road trip as much as I and their audiences seemed to enjoy their performances. The live audience always seems to bring out the best in young singers. The live performance makes singing a real life experience and not just an empty exer...


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How to Decrease the Number of Elementary Students in Secondary Music

Posted by The Orffsite Webmaster on Wednesday, January 11, 2012,

Posted by The Orffsite Webmaster on Monday, July 12, 2010

1. Have the District or State create a typical standardized music assessment test.
2. Spend most of your music time teaching music reading from the page and preparing students for the standardized test.
3.Have students write rhythmic compositions before they have internalized the rhythmic building blocks.
4.Have choir students initially learn all their music by singing solfege and ignore the text until the end of the teaching process....


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