Nicole's Music Class

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Includes an audio file for those teachers who do not read scores, and activity instructions.Be prepared and make sure you bring a conductor's hat, a shoulder bag and whistle for the conductor, and a penny for each child to buy a train ticket.
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Includes an audio file and activity instructions.This delightful game focuses on listening. It is an interesting experience that works not only for the children but for the teacher as well, because it reveals different levels of auditory faculties.
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Includes activity instructions.The activities are inspired by The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water, a story written by Idries Shah who spent many years collecting tales from all over the world. Part of our job as preschool and kindergarten teachers
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Includes three videos, dance instructions and pictures of instruments. Folk music is appealing to young children and can easily be used as an introduction into the world of instruments and different cultures. Folk dancing is also one of the most
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Includes a video and activity instructions based on the Hungarian Dance No. 3 by J. Brahms. Included are examples of puppets (Princess and Goblin) made by the children.
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Includes video and activity instructions.For this movement game, children pretend to be an animal, which is a role they always take more seriously than any other bit of acting.The song appears in Bessie Jones' "Stepping Down" : Games, Play, Songs,
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Includes video, instruction material, visual aides for making paper hats and suggestions for children's books featuring stories about hats.The first song is a translation of an old Flemish children's song that is an excellent tool for the
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Includes activity descriptions based on the Introduction and Royal March of the Lions, from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint Saens written for 2 pianos and orchestra.To prepare for this listening and movement activity, the teacher must
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Includes movement instructions. Children dance freely to the music of "Papillons" (Butterflies) written for piano by Robert Schumann.Dancing to recorded music is more challenging than dancing to one’s own rhyme or song. The musical structure which
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Includes one page instruction and introductory video.This is a fun song that reinforces the feeling of a steady beat, trains the singing voice, helps with color discrimination, and socializing.
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Included are activity descriptions. This popular Halloween - inspired counting rhyme uses body percussion and facial expressions to create the right effect. The expressive power of rhymes is a great tool for bringing text alive and helps children to
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Included is an audio clip for teachers who do not read music as well as activity instructions. There are finger plays, games based on sayings about feathered animals, and listening exercises.
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Includes a video and activity instructions . This game that is usually played with a bag filled with small objects, can also be used for learning about letters, numbers, or geometric shapes. Examples of each are written down.
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Includes a video and activity instructions. Excellent game to play at the beginning of the school year. Great ice breaker for shy children
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Includes an audio file and activity instructions. The audio file will help with the pronunciation of the original language. This simple dance is very easy to learn.
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Includes is an audio File. The accompanying fun dance is performed by partners standing in a circle. The extension provides a great sample of a speech ostinato. Enjoy!
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Includes activity instructions and drawings.This activity is an excellent tool to introduce the children to musical notation. We are using large and small paper cups and a napkin as a visual representation of the rhythm of the words.
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Includes audio file of the song and activity instructions. Pussy Came Parading is a song and movement game accompanied by body percussion. A second activity involves the sound of a classical music "cat " and the third one is a beautiful project
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Includes a video and activity instructions."Thorn Rosa" is a Music and Movement Activity based on the story of "Sleeping Beauty". The use of costumes adds greatly to its popularity, which is why we included instructions for making them.This is
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Includes activity instructions. Both dances are performed by all children at once. They are very easy to learn and the most popular ever. There is no better way of starting the day than with a lively dance that will leave everyone breathless but
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Nicole Hammer taught music in Junior High and High school in Belgium and Preschool in the United States for 47 years. She studied at the Royal Music Conservatory in Ghent, Belgium earning a dual Masters in Music Theory and History. She has a diploma for Teaching Music from the Central Examination Commission in Brussels and is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher through the American Orff Schulwerk Association as well as a certified Montessori teacher. Nicole has presented numerous workshops for Preschool and Kindergarten teachers and written articles featured in periodicals such as the “Orff Echo” and various Montessori publications.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Orff Schulwerk is an educational approach to music developed in Germany in the 1920s and 30s by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman. The literal translation of schulwerk—school work—doesn’t properly convey the open, creative spirit of this approach. Here are some of the most important principles, all of which you will find employed in this book. • Children are naturally inclined to sing, dance, chant rhymes, clap and play a beat on anything they can find. As teachers, we must use these natural impulses to learn music by first making it, then later learning how to read it. • To link the music class to the natural tendencies of young students, the Orff teacher uses speech, movement, dance, singing, stories, drama, improvisation and instrumental playing as the framework of the program. • Simple echo games and the use of short rhythmic patterns are basic techniques used to create a step by step approach to the development of musical skills. A key factor in this endeavor is improvisation. The choice of material must always be easy to understand but challenging enough to make the activity interesting. • Music is a communal effort where children discover the joy of music-making with others. It is important for a child to know that working with other children who have different strengths results in creations that no individual could have imagined. • The process is more important than the end result. A finished product need not be the goal because there are always endless possibilities. • Stories and drama are key elements in the Orff music class. The power of drama invigorates the imagination of children, teaches them how to collaborate and strengthens their self-esteem. • Orff Schulwerk also attaches much importance to music and dance from cultures around the world and these traditions are used as a means of bringing the children’s attention to the importance of individual expression and creativity. Finally, what distinguishes the Orff approach from traditional pedagogy is its emphasis on creativity. Creativity is about forming ideas, considering them and then refining them. This is what children do when they are asked to change the words of a rhyme or a song, change a story or look for different dance moves, postures or body percussion sounds. Singing, dancing, movement games, body percussion and instrumental playing involve physical processes that demand coordination of body and mind, feeling and intuition as nothing else can. Those activities stimulate the creative process. And, as everyone knows, children are happiest when they’re singing and dancing, that is, creating, with each other.

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ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Nicole Hammer presents a delightful collection of 65 fun and exciting activities for Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade classroom and music teachers as well as homeschooling parents. At the age where fundamental material should be continually presented in new and different forms, these lessons contain a huge variety of rhymes, songs, games, and dances. There are suggestions for props and costumes, art activities, plays with puppets and picture cards. Every effort has been made to stay true to the Orff Schulwerk principle of inviting children to make their own contributions.

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