6886 Singing Games and Folk Songs: Addressing Music Concepts through Play


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This course will address music concepts that can be found in familiar American and world singing games and play parties.  Students will be presented with song selections to sing, play and make music together.  Students will be asked to find concept opportunities to prepare, present and practice found in these selections based upon the teaching strategies found in the Kodaly approach.  Class work will be assigned as an overview to the Kodaly approach training model and a song retrieval collection will be completed as a final project.  The objectives of this course will also provide students with the opportunity to explore children's literature as they relate to connecting music concepts and reading literacy trends.

Instructors: Thom Borden


Thom Borden has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction focused in Reading.  He completed Orff Levels at UNVL and an Orff Master Level at the University of Memphis under Jos Wytac.  He completed advance Orff studies in music and movement in Paris.  Further studies include Kodaly training from Colorado State University and certification through Silver Lake College with Sr. Lorna Zemke.  He is past-president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter and has presented at numerous AOSA and OAKE Conferences in the U.S.  He presented in Australia and Canada and presents at Orff and Kodaly chapters across the country each year.  He spoke at the 2008 and 2010 International Early Childhood Music and Movement Conference and served on the Early Childhood Music and Movement Board of Directors.  Curently teaching PreK-5 in Las Vegas, Thom serves as the AOSA Diversity Committee Chair and has published Orff arrangments in the McGraw-Hill series, Spotlight on Music and Music Studio.  He has published several books and materials on using manipulatives in the music classroom and using chidlren's literature to address music concepts and skills.


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6886 Singing Games & Folk Songs: Addressing Music Concepts through Play
July 11-15

3 graduate credit

Tuition: $960, due in full with registration
Classroom: TBD

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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