Pathways to Folk Dances
Hepburn Literacy Bridge
Complementary Connections Part1
Complementary Connections Part2
Beth Ann Hepburn holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland State University, and Master of Arts in Music Education
from The University of St. Thomas, MN. She teaches 4-6th grade general music in Streetsboro, Ohio. She is an
instructor for AOSA courses at Villanova University, and Trinity University and has done workshops in Jinan, and
Suzhou, China and Singapore. Beth Ann is past chair for General Music for the Ohio Music Education Association and
Past Professional Development Chair for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She has taught music methods courses
at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron. BethAnn is excited to share ideas with music teachers in
her role as the General Music Consultant for Music Is Elementary.
Roger Sams holds a Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green state University and Master of Arts in Music Education
from Case Western Reserve University. He has been a music and movement teacher for over twenty five years in both public
and private schools, and adjunct professor for Cleveland State University. An active clinician around the United States,
and China, Roger has been an instructor in Orff Schulwerk teacher training courses at the University of St. Thomas, the
University of Montana, the University of Akron and Cleveland State University. Roger has served on the National Board of
Trustees of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and has been published regularly in The Orff Echo and other professional
journals. He's excited his extensive classroom experience to the MIE team as music education consultant.
Back to School Canon Lesson
Warm the students up with solfege echo patterns.
Rote teaching of song, using solfege when appropriate.
If your students are proficient with the pentatonic scale they can easily solfege the first and third lines.
If they are working with the diatonic scale they can solfege the entire song.
Sing with text.
Sing in canon.
Alternative text: “It’s a new beginning, a brand new day. It’s a new beginning, we’re on our way.”
AND ON ANOTHER DAY:
Break into three small groups and create movement ostinati to be performed with each of the vocal ostinati.
(We’re using it as three separate ostinati, rather than a canon now.)
Mixture of locomotor and non-locomotor movement.
Must be able to travel around the room as an individual.
Must include at least one level change.
AND ON ANOTHER DAY:
Use the first measure of the second to set up eight beat recorder fanfare improvisation on G and high C.
Demonstrate how you can play that four beat pattern on the recorder and them improvise the next four beats using
G and high C.
Have a question regarding your classroom or gear?Ask BethAnn Hepburn, our Educational Consultant, for real world solutions to your
American Orff Schulwerk Association 2011 Session Notes