AOSA Conference 2019

AOSA Conference 2019

Overall, the conference was an invaluable experience to immerse myself in learning strategies, engaging lessons, and group collaboration, all within my content area.  To be honest, I lean more towards Kodaly, as that was what I was trained in through my undergraduate program.  Of course, I incorporated Orff into lessons as well, but I always felt a little less knowledgeable when it came to that method.  Watching multiple sessions these past 3 days helped me gain a further and deeper understanding as to the Orff process.  I already feel much more comfortable and am anxious to start implementing more new ideas into my classroom when I return.

While there were many sessions I could write about, one that stuck out in my mind is Dr. Julie Scott’s “Orff-Schulwerk as a Choir Director.”  With running an elementary choir being a relatively new venture to me, hearing warm up processes, singing through various repertoire, and problem solving logistics was such a helpful experience.  I will utilize a lot from that session, specifically the 4 components to a proper warm up.  So often, I speed through warm ups, and Dr. Scott made a point to emphasize how important warm ups of the body, breath, voice, and ears are to facilitate a good rehearsal, but also strengthen aural skills and sight reading abilities.  I may even use one of the pieces we sang through as part of my spring concert this year.

I could go on about many of the sessions, but overall I cannot stress again how imperative it is that music educators get relevant meaningful professional development like this.  I feel energized and empowered to take on my classroom Monday morning!

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