“New Pathways in Elemental Music Making” with Dr. Rob Amchin, featuring “The Treble Makers” Orff Ensemble
April 6, 2019
(rescheduled from last season)
University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, 465 Rose Street
Parking is free in most of the surrounding E-Lots. READ THE SIGN. Hours are posted for when permit parking is in effect.
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Dr. Robert Amchin is a distinguished teaching professor of music education and serves as the liaison to the College of Education at the University of Louisville. He enjoys leading undergraduate and graduate classes in teacher education in the School of Music. Dr. Amchin mentors graduate projects and also supervises student teachers in the Kentuckiana area. His training includes studies at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan. He was an elementary music specialist in Spring, Texas and still works with children as an artist-in-residence guest music teacher. He is a member of the Kentucky Orff Schulwerk Association (KOSA), Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The American Recorder Society (ARS) and the American Orff Schulwerk Association (ARS). His publications include numerous collections of materials for the elementary general classroom. A sought after Orff pedagogue, Dr. Amchin has taught Orff teacher-training courses, master classes, and workshops at local, state, and national events throughout his career and is a regular presenter for KMEA. Internationally, he has taught in China, Russia, Austria, Israel, Poland, and Canada. His research interests include teacher education, elementary general music education, critical and creative thinking, world music, and Orff Schulwerk/Music and Movement Education. Dr. Amchin holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music with specialized training in percussion and Orff Schulwerk, and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, where he investigated creative thinking skills in elementary age children.
The Treble Makers Orff Ensemble
When you walk through the doors of Farmer Elementary and Tully Elementary before school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings the sound of music fills the halls. You see students engaged and actively making music, singing, dancing, playing instruments and improvising. You hear students behind xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, and drums playing, creating and composing melodies and rhythms together. These are the student musicians of the Treble Makers Orff Ensemble.
The Treble Makers Orff Ensemble is a group of musicians made up of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students from Farmer Elementary and Tully Elementary in Jeffersontown, KY, directed by Ashley Sumner and Kathryn Wigger. This group of young musicians performs, creates and improvises using xylophones, recorders and percussion instruments while also integrating movement and speech. These young musicians are productive collaborators as they work effectively to accomplish the common goal of music making, even though they are at two different schools. Using FaceTime and written music notation students create and compose together, giving each other thoughtful and meaningful feedback on compositions and musical creations. Students not only practice separately at their own schools but also practice at a central location that allows students to meet and make music together. This unique collaboration offers students who attend these public schools in Jeffersontown the opportunity to make music and form lasting friendships, while growing into emerging innovators. They ask each other musical questions, they challenge one another and together they seek to learn and take musical risks, making adjustments that result in beautiful music that is creative and innovative .
Musicians in the Treble Makers are taught using the Orff Schulwerk approach and perform music by Carl Orff, as well as music they have created themselves. Orff Schulwerk is Music for Children. It is a model for music and movement education that offers opportunity for active and creative music making by all children. Developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the Orff Schulerk builds musicianship through singing, playing instruments, speech, movement and improvising. Through the Orff Schulwerk musicians become prepared and resilient learners, demonstrating musical knowledge, reflecting on their musical successes and challenges, and making appropriate adjustments in order to grow musically.
The Treble Makers enjoy performing for their community. Throughout the school year the Treble Makers not only perform in their schools for their peers but also perform for community events, such as playing Christmas Carols at local health facilities, performing at the Festival of Trees and Lights, and performing for music educators at the Kentucky Orff Schulwerk Association and the Kentucky Music Educators Association Convention. Performing outside their local schools allows the Treble Makers to give back and share their love of music with their local community. It allows them to pause where they are in their learning process to showcase their musical skills and reflect on the hard work and dedication it takes to be music makers and learners.
The directors of the Treble Makers are Kathryn Wigger and Ashley Sumner. Kathryn Wigger is the music teacher at Tully Elementary and Ashley Sumner is music teacher at Farmer Elementary. Ms. Wigger and Ms. Sumner met eight years ago while completing their Orff Schulwerk Certification at the University of Kentucky. Wanting to enhance their school music programs, the two created a combined Orff Ensemble, that has grown over the years from a small ensemble that only performed once a year to what is now the Treble Makers. Ms. Kathryn Wigger is currently in her ninth year of teaching as the music teacher at Tully Elementary, teaching general music k-5. Kathryn was named the 2017-18 Jefferson County Public Schools music teacher of the year. She received her Bachelors in Harp Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Secondary Education from Xavier University. She is a Nationally Board Certified teacher. Ms. Ashley Sumner graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and from Walden University with a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Ms. Sumner is currently in her 14th year teaching in Jefferson County Public Schools and is currently teaching general music at Farmer Elementary to students k-5.
Summer 2019 TBA
Murray State University, AH-Performing Arts Hall
216 N 15th St, Murray KY 42071
AH-Performing Arts Hall is 2023 in the Old Fine Arts Building (through the gates & 2nd building on the left)
“A Complementary Combination: Responsive Classroom and the Schulwerk” with Matthew Stensrud
September 21, 2019
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
“Orff Schulwerk & Students with Special Needs” with Dr. Patrick Ware
October 26, 2019
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Dr. Patrick Ware holds degrees from Westfield State University, Radford University and Shenandoah Conservatory. Having completed Level III Orff Schulwerk training and basic pedagogy apprenticeship he has taught movement and recorder for Carnegie Mellon and the Worcester Orff Institute’s Certification Programs. He is currently movement instructor for the University of Memphis certification program. Patrick teaches K-5 elementary music and chorus in Prince William County, Virginia. Works by Dr. Ware are published through Beatin’ Path Publications.
January 25, 2020
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
“Make It Funky: Building Infectious Ostinati To Facilitate All Musical Learning” with Dr. Tiger Robison
March 21, 2020
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Tiger Robison is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Wyoming, where he teaches courses in elementary general music methods, aural skills, world music, and supervises student teachers. Dr. Robison earned a Ph.D. in music education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, a M.S. in music education from Central Connecticut State University, and a B.M. in music education at The Hartt School. Additionally, Dr. Robison holds level certifications in Orff, Kodaly, and First Steps in Music methodologies.
Before his appointment at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Robison was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland. Prior to his collegiate teaching career, Dr. Robison was a music teacher in the Connecticut public schools for ten years. After teaching strings at the elementary level for two years, Dr. Robison taught general music for eight years to students in pre-Kindergarten through grade four. He also directed a primary choir for whom he created original compositions and commissioned new works from young composers.
“Creating a Dynamic Learning Community with Traditional Dance, Song and Storytelling” with Peter and Mary Alice Amidon
September 26, 2020
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are versatile and widely respected as performers and teachers who have dedicated their careers as artists to traditional song, dance, and storytelling. They are in demand throughout the United States as clinicians leading Orff and Kodaly elementary school music teacher workshops on traditional dance, song, and storytelling. The Amidons have been headliners at several AOSA and OAKE national conferences and are honored to be members of the AOSA Advocacy Council. The Amidons’ choral arrangements for adults and children are being sung by choruses throughout the United States and the UK. The Amidons are both former elementary school music teachers. For more information please visit http://www.amidonmusic.com