Category Archives: Professional Development

American Center for Elemental Music and Movement

We have a wonderful opportunity being brought to you from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement.

ACEMM is a non-profit charity working to bring elemental music and movement to teachers, schools and communities through support and outreach. One of the missions of ACEMM is to promote advanced work in elemental music and movement through study. The Center is proud to offer its third Beacon Scholarship for study during summer 2015. The scholarship may be used for study in an existing Orff Schulwerk Certification Course or other graduate courses, individual projects of study including music and movement, and short courses or workshops in the elemental approach.

Applications are due on May 8 and all applicants will be notified by May 31, 2015. For more information about the work of ACEMM and the Beacon Scholarship, please visit:


Central Florida Orff Chapter is presenting Patrick Ware on 2/7/15

As a member of GTBAOC and AOSA you are eligible to attend the Central Florida Chapter workshops for free.

Central Florida Orff Chapter is presenting Patrick Ware on 2/7/15 – if you are interested in attending this workshop check out the following website.

Music Educators Toolbox | Carnegie Hall

This set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices. Designed to be effective and adaptable in a wide variety of music classrooms, the resources were developed through Carnegie Hall’s five-year residency in a New York City elementary/middle school.

The Toolbox currently features grade-specific music education resources addressing fundamentals of Rhythm and Meter, Form and Design, Expressive Qualities, Pitch, and Performing.

via Music Educators Toolbox | Carnegie Hall.

What is Orff Schulwerk? – Teaching With Orff

This 2-minute video offers a brief look at the journey of discovery that children experience making music and movement the Orff-Schulwerk way. Be sure to watch the video of an Orff class in action for a more detailed explanation of Orff Schulwerk!

via What is Orff Schulwerk? – Teaching With Orff.

The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America | Library of Congress


See and Hear American History Through Song

“Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing.” – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work 1884

Listen to the changes in the “Star Spangled Banner” as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in which sheet music cover art documents historical themes. Read essays discussing the histories of musical styles. Watch videos pairing sound recording with period illustrations. All this and more awaits you as the Library of Congress celebrates The Songs of America.

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country’s greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation’s founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items. The user can listen to digitized recordings, watch performances of artists interpreting and commenting on American song, and view sheet music, manuscripts, and historic copyright submissions online. The site also includes biographies, essays and curated content, interactive maps, a timeline and teaching resources offering context and expert analysis to the source material.

via The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America | Library of Congress.

The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem

On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem. Key’s words gave new significance to a national symbol and started a tradition through which generations of Americans have invested the flag with their own meanings and memories.

via NMAH | The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.