This course provides an opportunity to experience the Orff approach, a hands-on, creative method for teaching general music. Students will sing, play barred instruments and other percussion as well as recorder, dance, and most of all, create! Discussions focus on how this approach can impact curriculum and assessment as well as how it aligns with the Danielson Framework and Common Core Standards.
Understand the basics of the Orff approach
Play the Orff instruments appropriately
Teach basic recorder in the Orff style
Read and teach basic Orff orchestrations
Teach basic creative movement in the general music setting
Teach basic folk dancing in the general music setting
Foster creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking in students through exploration and improvisation
Integrate singing, movement and instrumental playing in a musical and child-friendly way


Jean Hersey is a National Board certified teacher at Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest, IL, where she has worked for the past 14 years. She teaches fifth and sixth grade general music. In 2012, she won the district’s Innovative Practice Award for her Spring General Music Show, which incorporated music, art, drama, and social studies curricula, and reflected the Medieval and Renaissance time periods. Hersey is also Level I Pedagogy and Movement instructor at VanderCook College of Music.

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