Kia Ora and Welcome to my Teaching Blog.
This year I am joining Angela Campbell at Eastern Hutt School as an Orff Schulwerk music teacher. Eastern Hutt School is unique in the Wellington region to have a well established Orff Schulwerk specialist music programme, established and developed by Angela over the last 10 years. Angela has a wealth of experience in Orff Schulwerk, she has studied with Doug Goodkin in Salzburg and she completed her level 1 Orff training at the San Francisco school. I first began working with Angela 8 years ago when I was a general classroom teacher at Eastern Hutt School. I have since had three children of my own and have worked closely with Angela to develop my own Orff Schulwerk teaching as well as completing my own Orff Schulwerk training and study at postgraduate level. Music is a big part of my family life and I have used the Orff Schulwerk approach as part of my children's own music education. I will use this blog to share information and resources with teachers and parents and to share some of the students' music making. Thank you for taking the time to visit.
Monday, 18 May 2015
Junior students having an "improvising conversation", creating question and answer melodies on the pentatonic scale. We have been talking about how we can communicate with each other using gesture and watching each other closely to know when it is our turn to "speak". We have also been talking about how when we create an answering melody we work our way back to the home note so the phrase sounds complete.