Category Archives: Orff

A Round a Day!

When our students are really enjoying a song or activity, we often have an impromptu performance at the end of class and pull their homeroom teacher or even the principal in to watch and listen! Wow! I wish you could have come to the end of our 4th grade class yesterday to hear them sing …

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A Little Mice Scarin’

I love this time of year in my classroom because it signals the beginning of a delightful string of holidays:  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!  The music of Halloween is especially fun….the interesting melodies and shivery themes provide wonderful opportunities to explore and experience music in delightful new ways and to develop the young voice. My version of Up, Down, All …

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Triangle Stress Quick Fix!

Yes, triangles are a true ringer when it comes to an instrument children love to play;  however, I’m certain you have experienced triangle stress when those wily little shapes of steel turn and twist as children are attempting to catch an edge to strike. And, let’s just talk about how easily they slip off the holder when passed …

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Need an extra set of hands or two?

If you teach music, you know that there are plenty of times when you could use an extra set of hands or two….or three….or four…..right? I built these several years ago and I use them in, oh, so many ways……. such as reading or ostinati…… center management…. really-etc, etc, etc! They are made of 3″ PVC …

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Orff-anizer, anyone?

OK, Orff bars were driving me crazy! Dealing with the bone piles of not-in-use bars (I like to take them completely off)……struggling with several quick reconfigurations a day…..matching bars to instruments quickly…..HELP! So, being the problem solving gizmo that I am, I began to design some kind of holder that I could carry around as …

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Ol’ Mister Rabbit

Ol’ Mister Rabbit is a long time folk favorite and can be found in many versions.   I’m sharing my version of the singing game taught by Mary Neely Stevens of the Kodaly Institute of Houston 2012.  A great way to prepare low la, Ol’ Mister Rabbit also provides a wonderful opportunity for simple Orff accompaniment and improvisation.My daughter, Victoria, a 2nd …

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Shamrocks For Luck!

Top of the mornin’ to ye!  Don’t pinch me…I’m not Irish….but I do have some lucky four leaf clovers for you. Shamrocks For Luck– This little St. Paddy version of Are You Sleeping comes from my wonderful professor, Dr. William T. Young, at Stephen F. Austin State University.It can be performed as a round or as …

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