I tend to be a very practical teacher. I have found that pieces work well for me when I can use them at multiple grade levels and in different ways. This is the essence of Playing with Improvisation: Technology with Integrity in the Orff Classroom. This resource comes out of 26 years of teaching K-5 students. My students enjoy the chance to improvise on recorder and barred instruments and the more structured improvisation opportunities I can give them the better! The goal of this resource is to give you dynamic, animated visual presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint) that will guide students through a musical journey with each piece in the collection. The ultimate goal is to keep your students making music!
You can use this resource with barred instruments only or bring in recorders. Either way, you can use the pieces in order or you can pick and choose as they fit into your curriculum. There are two complete lessons plans and a Microsoft PowerPoint slide show available for each piece, one for barred instrument improvisation and one for recorder improvisation. In this collection you’ll receive a total of ten pieces, each in both barred instrument and recorder versions, developmentally sequenced beginning with simple so-mi songs and progressing to the full do pentatonic scale.
These teaching pieces have been successful for me in my classroom for many years. It is my pleasure to share them with you. I think you’ll find they bring solid learning and joyful, musical play to your classroom as well.