I am a Mandated Reporter

Here is the link to my certificate.

ILMR-Certificate (1)


Horton Hears a Who

We will be utilizing the genius that is Dr. Seuss and his wonderful book Horton Hears a Who! The book was published in 1954.

There are so many activities to do with this book:

SINGING: the book is written with a rhyme scheme and can easily be turned into a song. The class will turn it into a song and discuss how to make it work.

LISTENING: we will listen to notes on the piano and have them tell me if it sounds like Horton or the who.

INSTRUMENTS: we could use anything for the composition project that we will be doing. But mainly Orff, piano, and recorder.

CREATE: the composition project to make a sound track to the book. It can be anything from a walking bass line to a chaotic trill to demonstrate how they hear and portray the book in their mind.

MOVING: the class will dance and demonstrate how the book makes them feel.

Japanese Culture (Orff Edition)

First we will discuss the history of this song.

Sakura Sakura” (さくら さくら, “Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms”), also known as “Sakura“, is a traditional Japanese folk song depicting spring, the season of cherry blossoms. Contrary to popular belief, the song did not originate in ancient times; it was a popular, urban melody of the Edo period.

Second, we will watch traditional dance and have people dance along.


Finally, we will get the Orff instruments and play along. If the class is big enough (my class isn’t) then we would have students dancing while others played and take turns on the instruments.



Carl Orff and his Method

The “Orff Approach” is a way of introducing and teaching children about music on a level that they can easily understand. Musical concepts are learned through singing, dance, movement, drama, and the playing of percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition and the encouragement of child-like fun are crucial in this style of pedagogy.

carl orff

He was born in 1865 and lived in Germany during the time of the Nazis.





Emile Jaques-Dalcroze

A Swiss composer, musician, and music educator. He was born July 6, 1865 and died on July 1, 1950. He was the person who developed Dalcroze Eurythmics. This is a music education style that’s root fundamentals are movement, solfege, and improvisation. It allows students to experience music through all the senses but primarily Kinesthetically. This methods particularly works great with teaching younger children time signatures. It also goes off of the same theory of sound before symbol. He also, was an influential person to Orff.