March 2018

Two of a Kind: Using the Paired Skills from Volume I

Michael Chandler
Saturday, March 3, 2018–9am-3pm
Meadow View Elementary School, W360N7077 Brown St. Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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Workshop Description

The two outer sections of Music for Children Volume I contain many song arrangements and instrumental pieces that Orff teachers have loved and taught to students again and again. Less familiar to some is the material in the middle section titled “Rhythmic and melodic exercises.” These pages contain a wealth of musical material that can unlock children’s creativity while developing musical skills and concepts, and they represent the core of the Schulwerk. It was Orff and Keetman’s intention that teachers continue using this material even as the children work into the later volumes of MFC. Participants in this workshop will experience the paired skills in Part II of Volume I through singing, speech, instruments, and movement while reinforcing the elements of music and exploring ways to feature the students’ own musical material in performances.

Clinician Biography

Michael Chandler taught music and movement in Texas public schools for 16 years, most of them in the Lewisville Independent School District, where he was named Teacher of the Year at two elementary campuses. In 2005, 2007, and 2013 his student ensembles were featured performers at the TMEA Clinic and Convention in San Antonio.

Michael has presented workshops and sessions in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for TMEA, TCDA, AOSA, and a number of state MEA organizations. He has taught in Orff Schulwerk certification courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, the Hartt School in Connecticut, Oregon State University, and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He has served as President of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. He is also an accompanist with the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) and the organist and pianist at Round Grove United Church (UCC) in Lewisville. Michael is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday, an Orff Schulwerk approach to integrating recorder into the music classroom.

Michael earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee; the Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; and the Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He is currently working toward the PhD degree in music education at the University of North Texas in Denton.