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2015 Canberra

Level 1 participants tore a headline out of newspaper and we explored various ways of saying this.  They were then asked to incorporate these headlines into some sort of 'hip hop' performance.  Very much out of the comfort zone of many but not deterred!  We loved their enthusiasm and layering of all the parts.

2015 canberra Hip Hop

Another group performance held together by some wonderful body percussion.  As many were new to Orff Schulwerk, this idea of using the newspapers as a stimulus for creativity within certain parameters was enjoyable for the players and the audience.

China Singing Performance

A highlight of completing Level 2 is a party where everyone is provided with dinner (even some Western pizza!).  Everyone made a hat out of the left-over supplies from the week and groups from the different regions and provinces in china enjoyed showing their particular style and folk music.  Susie and I, and all the participants love these demonstrations and they are so proud of their heritage.  They perform with real joy.  Those from other cultures (Singapore, Malaysia, Australia) also perform.  It has now become a tradition and it is a wonderful way for the different ethnic groups to learn from each other.

China Certificate

Two of our assistants, Rachel and Alin, and our translator Amy in our Levels courses in China decided to make a little skit about us, and the final granting of the Certificate of Accreditation.  Although Susie and I don't speak Mandarin, we could tell from the laughing that the joke was on us!  All good fun though.

China Performance

Students worked during the week at using the techniques and strategies they have learnt in Level 1 to create a piece that resonates with their own culture.  Many of these teachers have not had these experiences before.  Susie Davies-Splitter and I thought they all did a wonderful job.

Stones, wood and leaves

From doctoral research conducted at Ascot Vale Primary School, 2012

• This footage shows snippets from activities done with children and their families in music sessions conducted as part of my doctoral research.
• We moved through the forest, looking for birds and being aware of the trees. We explored the sounds of stones and created our own way of making these sounds. Rhythmic patterns were echoed to build repertoire, and other sound sources were introduced. Families were given the task of creating shapes suggested by the branches of the tree, and their rocks. They had to problem solve about how to transition between these. Instrumental sounds were selected by the group that they believed represented their shapes, and these transitions.

Paper Paper
From doctoral research conducted at Ascot Vale Primary School, 2012

• This footage shows snippets from activities done with children and their families in music sessions conducted as part of my doctoral research.
• We started with newspapers and moved on to other types of paper – wrapping paper, scrap paper, tissue paper, coloured paper – and groups created paper-making machines using voice and movement.

From Australian Catholic University tutorial 2010 – Victoria, Australia)

• Watch the video of these pre-service teachers dancing a version of the Tarantella.
• I thank Christoph Maubach for allowing me to use this audio track and I highly recommend his CD and booklet ‘Step Back Sally’ (available from VOSA).
• Most of these pre-service teachers had never danced before but they were able to recognize and demonstrate their understandings of the musical concepts of beat, rhythm and form through their movement.

The P Plater
From Musaic Conference presentation 2008 – Singapore)

• Watch video of how teachers at the Musaic Conference in Singapore (2008) performed their rhythmic patterns. This footage does not show the improvisations (someone’s back was always in front of the camera), but hopefully it demonstrates the engagement of the participants, and part of the teaching progression.

From Level 1 Orff Schulwerk Pedagogy training – Zhuhai, China

Teachers used newspaper to create a soundscape of a storm; showed the pattern of the melody; made puddles to dance in and around; and accompanied with a simple pentatonic arrangement. This way of creating music was very new to the participants, as was working together in groups. The piece was selected from one the primary school music textbooks specifically to demonstrate how this piece could be developed and taught in a more creative way.

Two in a Car
From Level 1 Orff Schulwerk Recorder training – Zhuhai, China

• Watch video of how one group of teachers in China (2010) performed their version of ‘Two in a Car’. Most of these teachers had little experience playing recorder and integrating recorder with tuned percussion instruments.

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