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“When Two Worlds Meet: Pathways to Culture” with Dr. Janet Robbins

“When two worlds meet” can refer to many intersections in life. For me, I think of meeting new friends; traveling to unfamiliar places for the first time; learning a foreign language, song, or dance; taking a cultural plunge; making new connections between music, art, and nature; and embracing traditions of people and places around the world. In today’s workshop, we will explore pathways to culture through Orff Schulwerk as we sing, play, dance, and create!

March 2, 2019

9:30am–2:00pm

Campbell Ridge Elementary School

2500 Grandview Rd
Alexandria, KY 41001

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

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Janet Robbins is professor emerita of music education at West Virginia University with specialization in general music methods, qualitative research, and world music pedagogy. Before receiving her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, she taught music in the Arts IMPACT program in Columbus, Ohio, where her career-long interest in interdisciplinary teaching and research began. Janet has presented at numerous regional, national, and international venues and published in such journals as Research Studies in Music EducationThe Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music EducationArts Education Policy ReviewThe Quarterly Journal of Teaching and LearningThe Mountain Lake ReaderJournal of Music Teacher Education, and The Orff Echo. Her chapter, “Practitioner Inquiry,” appears in The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014).

Janet has served the American Orff Schulwerk Association in many capacities as co-chair of the 1995 AOSA National Conference celebrating the Carl Orff Centenary, a member of The Orff Echo editorial board, chair the International Outreach Committee supporting Orff Schulwerk professional development around the world, and past chair of the Research Interest Group. For more than twenty years, Janet has been on the summer faculty of the Orff Schulwerk Professional Development Course at the Eastman School of Music, both as a movement teacher and director of the Orff SPIEL teacher-research project (1991-1994). In 2016, she received the AOSA Excellence in Research Award.

Janet’s interest in cross-cultural creativity led to the study of music and dance in Northeast Brazil and intersects with her role as a lead faculty for Music Alive!, a federally funded faculty-student exchange project between WVU and Brazil partner universities in Recife and Rio de Janeiro (2006-2012). Her book chapter, “Crossing Borders: Building Bridges for an International Exchange in Music Teacher Education,” in Alternative Approaches in Music Education (2011) chronicles students’ study-abroad experience. Janet conducted research during two sabbaticals in Brazil (2006 and 2011) where she studied children’s games and traditional rhythms and dance of Northeast Brazil. She coordinates WVU’s weeklong Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy and recently joined the Fulbright Specialist Roster with plans to continue to expand her understanding of music, culture, and the many creative spaces for making and teaching music from a global perspective.

 Chapter Share

with Luann Hayes, Joan Stansbury, Kayla Collier, and Melissa Marotta

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/yg5leTs1qzzhTSoK2

January 26, 2019

9:30am–2:00pm

Eastern Kentucky University, School of Music, Foster Building

2400 Crabbe St, Richmond, KY 40475

Rm. 300

9:30-10:30  Kayla Collier
10:30-11:30  Melissa Marotta
11:30-12:00 LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
12:00-1:00   LuAnn Hayes
1:00-2:00  Joan Stansbury

 

 

“Orff in Urban Settings” with Katie Traxler

October 20, 2018 

9:30am–2:00pm

University of Louisville, School of Music

Room 267 

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED in Rm 263

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Katie Traxler teaches elementary music at PS51 Elias Howe, a public school in Manhattan, NY. In addition to daily music classes, she leads an after school chorus, recorder ensembles, Orff ensemble, and guitar and ukulele classes. Committed to collaboration among the arts, Traxler works closely with the visual arts teacher at PS 51 to maintain an arts rich curriculum integrating music, movement, drama, and visual art across all grade levels.

Traxler works as a consultant and clinician for various education organizations in New York City including the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, Abundant Waters, and Music First. She is currently serving as Region V Rep for the American Orff Schulwerk Association, Past President of the NYC Orff Chapter, Basic Pedagogy Instructor for both the NYC and Seton Hill Orff Certification Courses, and conducts workshops and seminars for various Orff chapters and universities across the United States.

A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Traxler earned BME and MM degrees from Louisiana State University. She completed Orff training at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and, the Trevor Institute in NYC, and completed an apprenticeship at the San Francisco International Orff Course. She has also studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Diller-Quaile and Lucy Moses schools, and received Level 1 Kodaly training at NYU.

“How’d They Learn That? Process Teaching!” with Jim Solomon

September 15, 2018

9:30am–2:00pm

University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts

465 Rose Street Lexington, KY

Room 107

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

Sing, move, clap, dance, improvise, jam . . . play congas, recorders, Orff instruments . . . perform a great variety of kid-tested pieces . . . then analyze the process utilized in teaching each piece.

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Author and National Clinician, Jim Solomon is an Instructor of General Music, Chorus, Recorder, and D.R.U.M., a special percussion group for fifth-grade students. He has over 30 years experience teaching music in public elementary schools.

In the summers, Mr. Solomon teaches Level I Orff Certification at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  He teaches Rhythmic Training/Percussion Ensemble for Elementary/Middle School Teachers at George Mason University and Anderson University, and he works with Kindergarten-High School students at the Eagle Arts Camp in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jim has presented workshops to Orff Chapters and MEAs throughout the country and at nineteen American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conferences.  He presented a Master Class in Rhythmic Training at the AOSA National Conference in Omaha.

Mr. Solomon was National Board Certified in 2002, and has been recognized as an MENC Nationally Registered and Nationally Certified Music Educator.  He has been Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County, Florida.

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Chapter Share: Local Teachers Share Their Favorite Orff Lessons

January 27, 2018

9:30am–2:00pm

Clays Mill Elementary School

2319 Clays Mill Rd, Lexington, KY

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

Presenters: Julianna Nitz, Kateri Miller, Beth Ellen Rosenbaum, Dwayne Russell, Amanda Wells

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“Process? What Process?” with Brian Burnett

October 21, 2017

9:30am–2:00pm

University of Louisville School of Music Room LL65

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Brian Burnett taught elemental music & movement, K-6 near Toledo, Ohio. Brian now presents professional development courses and workshops across the country. His work has been published in Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s Share the Music and Spotlight On Music. He serves on the conference committee for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

 

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September 16, 2017

“Sing! Move! Play! A Potpourri of Joyful Music-Making Experiences” with Dr. Artie Almeida

9:30am–2:00pm

University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building, 465 Rose Street, Rm. 107

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Dr. Artie Almeida is the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in the Orlando, Florida area, where she teaches 1,125 K–5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have performed for NAfME, AOSA, and on The Today Show. Artie was chosen as Florida Music Educator of the Year and was also selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society. She has been a Teacher of the Year at the school level six times and was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. Artie has presented music education clinics in forty‑two states, four countries, and was the guest instructor at The American School in Singapore in March of 2014.

In addition to her public school teaching duties, Artie is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, teaches applied saxophone lessons, and performs on historical winds with The Halifax Consort, an early music ensemble.