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Essential Learning in Music...Clarifying the Curriculum: Joe Berarducci Workshop - by Lori Jane Froese

Having grown up as a music teacher with Joe Berarducci’s resources and inspiration, I was excited to be able to be a part of this BC Orff workshop. Even after teaching music for so many years, I still came away with exciting new ideas and song material to bring to my music classes the following week. For me, however, the most meaningful part was being able to share my love of these workshops and of the Orff philosophy in general with my daughter, Ellie, who is now a first-year music teacher, joining me in the life-long journey of inspiring children through music and movement.

Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Birthe Kulich scholarship recipients! Delia Major, Rebecca Visser and Lucy Chang.

President's Message Spring 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Orff in Canada! The 25thNational Conference in Niagara Falls was a whirlwind of workshops and opportunities to connect with ‘Orffans’ from across Canada and beyond. It was inspiring to see what other chapters are doing to keep their members engaged and what other teachers are doing to motivate their students. I hope that at the next conference in Edmonton we will have many more participants from BC.

Children's Day Arrangement

Here is the arrangement of Pout Pout Kiss Kiss Fish as used during the Children's Workshop last week. We've also included the choreography for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks to everyone who participated for making it a wonderful day!

A Salzburg Sampler Debriefed

After a year in Salzburg, James Jackson came back to teaching with the need to share. Bringing us back as teachers in September to the experience of being a student is always so valuable as we begin the year, and this workshop was just that.

 

Finding the space for improvisation within the classroom gives back the fun to the students, laying the groundwork for their interest and involvement. Building community and inclusion is so important and giving children in music class a chance to find their place.

One way James took this further was by asking us to reflect regularly in between

Orff Level 1 Graduates

Congratulations to all of the graduates of this year's Level I Orff Teacher's Training Courses. It was another memorable summer full of inspiring students. Best wishes to all of you!! Our scholarship recipient for Level One, Julia Walmsley, wrote this fabulous piece about experience with the Orff process this August:

My time in Orff level 1 at Vancouver Community College

Orff Schulwerk has always been important to me.

President's Message Fall 2017

September has arrived and so has a new school year for all working teachers in B.C. I am gearing up, as most of you are, to greet my students again for a new school year.  I am steeling myself for the challenges of this coming year and the intense energy that the job of a music teacher entails. There are few positions in the school that need to be so “on” as we do all day.

I hope everyone had a restful summer, but also one of learning and discovery.

17/18 Brochure

17/18 Orff Brochure is up! Check it out for all our upcoming workshops and courses. Link is at the bottom of every page on the website.

Keith Terry Workshop Highlights

Many BC Orff teachers first encounter Keith Terry’s body music during their Level I training with Pam Hetrick. I did, and I loved his Rhythm Block approach to teaching rhythm, and have used it with my students for several years.

So I was stoked to hear that Keith Terry would be coming to BC and giving a workshop for our Orff chapter – a chance to study with the source!

On a beautiful Saturday in April a number of us gathered in New Westminster to spend the day using our bodies and voices to make music.

President's Message Spring 2017

Spring President’s Message

There is definitely a shift in the air as we transition fully into spring here in B.C. With such a snowy winter behind us, the flowers and trees all in bloom is fresh and exciting. April is a busy time of year for any music teacher with festivals and concerts upon us. We had a workshop in the midst of this busy month, which was actually very well attended for a long weekend in April. Thank you to everyone who came out to experience Keith Terry’s Body Music and brilliance. He is certainly an inspiring percussionist. We will be bringing him back to BC soon.

 

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First Nations Songs For the Classroom

As we entered the room on this clear, mild January morning we were welcomed into a circle of seats, creating a warm sense of openness and calm. After acknowledging the peoples on whose traditional territories we were on, Sherryl sang us a welcoming song in which we had to face East, then South, then West and North back to East. The power of Sherryl's high-reaching voice and the drum beating like the heart beat of Mother Nature had us all ready and keen to learn songs from the First Nations, embracing what the songs mean to people of the nations that they come from.

Read on for more description and links to lesson plans!

President's Message Winter 2017

This school year is a big change for me both personally and professionally. My daughter has begun attending Kindergarten in September, and I began a Master’s program through SFU. We joke about how we are both starting school at the same time.

Judith Hirsch Workshop September 24 - Energized!

There we were, on a wet September morning, gathered in a school gymnasium. Immediately the room was filled with the energy of Orff.

2016 Scholarship Recipients Give Thanks

The Level One Orff Schulwerk was an amazing experience. The teachers were inspiring and taught me so much.

Susie Green - BC Orff Chapter Honorary Life Member

We are very pleased to award Susie Green an Honorary Life Membership to the BC Orff Chapter. Susie has been instrumental to the growth and development of the BC Orff Chapter for decades.

Into the Woods - Summer Master Class 2016 with Catherine West

So many interesting topics, so many and varied songs and activities, so much information and new ideas to ponder, yet Catherine managed to direct it all at a pace that allowed us to fully absorb the materials and enjoy the process. And amidst all this intense learning were moments of true beauty that will continue to resonate in us and in our teaching in ways that are less easy to describe but perhaps even more important.

2016 Graduates of Level I and II

Congratulations to all of the graduates of this year's Level I and Level II Orff Teacher's Training Courses. It was another memorable summer full of inspiring students. Best wishes to all of you!!

 

Change of Workshop Location

BC Orff Workshops have a new home for this school year. Starting on September 24th, we will be at Queen Elizabeth Elementary at 921 Salter Street, New Westminster. Thank you Queen Elizabeth Elementary for welcoming us and helping to make our workshops possible!

Orff Can Come to You!

Are you interested in hosting an Orff workshop in your region?  Get in touch with the BC Orff Chapter to see how we can help support you.  Spread the word! 
Contact Dawn Haylett at  secretary@bcorff.ca

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