Most approaches to elementary general music invite young musicians to speak, move, sing, and play instruments in playful exploration of musical ideas and creative processes. If thoughtfully sequenced over time, these experiences enable students to develop understanding of the musical dimensions of rhythm, pitch, timbre, texture, form, and other expressive elements. While efforts to align national and state standards with district curricula are helpful, significant variations in individual school programs leave individual teachers with the considerable responsibility to craft a personalized curriculum fitting their own students and teaching situation. To this end, this workshop models principles and sequences of experiences that can lead students to develop both essential musical skills and understandings in pitch and rhythm over the course of the general music curriculum.
Jay Broeker teaches general music at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota. Jay holds both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk certification, and is a frequent clinician for AOSA, OAKE, NAfME conferences, and state music education organizations. During the summer he is an instructor in music teacher training courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. His choral arrangements are published by Santa Barbara and by Boosey & Hawkes.
This workshop is co-sponsored by: