BC Orff Chapter Workshops

Growing with Music: Growing with Stories
with Catherine West

Saturday September 17th, 2022 – 9am to 3pm (Location: Marlborough Elementary – 6060 Marlborough Ave. Burnaby, BC)
$70 for members, $95 for non-members // $35 for travelling members, students and retired teachers

Register here:
Travelling Member*
Retired Teacher/Student

*Travelling Member rate is available to BC chapter members who are coming to the workshop from areas outside Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

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“Stories…help us entertain ideas we never could have had without them…,”1  and stories can bring all the strands of the Orff approach into play. This lively workshop will provide multiple entry points for bringing stories to life in the music room. Catherine will draw on traditional stories from China and Europe and newer picture book stories about the experiences of African American and Canadian First Nations. Using the Orff media of singing, movement, drama, body percussion and Orff instruments, participants will create mini-performances. Catherine will bring in music from a variety of sources, including the original Music for Children Volumes, and lead improvisations using classroom-friendly strategies to create more. Participants are encouraged to bring recorders if they play. A detailed handout will be available for follow-up.

1 Norma J. Livo, Troubadour’s Storybag: Musical Folktales of the World, Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 1996, p. 4.

Honorary Member Catherine West is an experienced clinician, teacher educator, author, arts consultant and teacher with an international reputation as a leader in the Orff Schulwerk community. She is the Director of the Orff Teacher Education program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and regularly teaches levels courses across the country. She has presented Orff workshops in China, the USA and Australia as well as Canada and was a long-serving member of the Carl Orff Canada National Board as Editor of Ostinato. Catherine was a teacher and instructional leader in music for the Toronto District School Board for many years before taking up her current role as the Pedagogy Leader for Smart Start, ™ the Royal Conservatory’s research-based early
childhood music program. She is also a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Music at
the University of Toronto.