“Entry Points: Exploring Creative Approaches to Making Music and Movement” We all want our students to have a deep love of music and movement inspired by aesthetic moments, but helping students attain those artistic high points can seem overwhelming to achieve. During this workshop, participants will explore approaching music and movement through playful games and other entry points. Participants will then take the material explored in those initial approaches and use it as fodder for making music and movement come to life together.
Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Decorah, IA. Ellingsen teaches movement in the Orff courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Memphis, and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.
Creating a Dynamic Learning Community with Traditional Dance, Song and Storytelling
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon’s teacher workshop focuses on the community building power of traditional dance, song and storytelling in the schools. They will teach some great traditional dances and singing games for children while discussing how to make dance a positive and integral part of school life. They will demonstrate enriching picture books with singing, storytelling, drama and background music. The Amidons will tell at least one folktale and discuss and demonstrate how to use storytelling as a powerful teaching tool. They will share some of their favorite songs while discussing starting and sustaining an all-school sing. The Amidons hope that this workshop will help music teachers to transform their schools into singing and dancing communities.
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artists who have dedicated themselves to traditional song, dance and storytelling. Both former elementary school music teachers, the Amidons have been headliners at National OAKE and Orff Schulwerk Conferences, are honored to be members of the AOSA Advocacy Council, and they present well as many regional Orff and Kodaly weekend workshops throughout the United States. The Amidons both lead and perform singing, dancing and storytelling in elementary schools and traditional music festivals. They are co-founders of New England Dancing Masters, publishers of traditional dance materials for children. The Amidons’ choral arrangements are being sung on both sides of the Atlantic.