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!