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Spring Workshops and Conferences 2018
By: Margaret Swain  -  11/14/2017
Thanksgiving is still a week away, but here at Mad Robin Music we are already thinking about the many exciting music and dance education opportunities that will be taking place this spring.

Below is a list workshops and conferences that will be held on the west coast between January and May of 2018. Stay tuned to find out which of these events Mad Robin Music will be attending.

January 12-13, 2018
Northwest Kodály Educators featuring Melissa Stone & Sarra Sharif
6th Annual WA-ACDA/NKE Choral Workshop
Seattle Pacific University - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.nwkodaly.org

January 14, 2018
Creative Dance Center featuring Anna Mansbridge
BrainDance Variations
Creative Dance Center - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.creativedance.org

January 20, 2018
Evergreen Orff Chapter Sharing Event
Daffodil Valley Elementary School - Sumner, WA
Info. at www.evergreenorffchapter.com

January 20, 2018
Inland Empire Orff Chapter Sharing Event
McDonald Elementary School - Spokane Valley, WA
Info. at www.inlandempireorff.org

January 20, 2018
Idaho Orff Chapter Sharing Event
Birch Elementary School - Nampa, ID
Info. at www.idahoorff.org

January 20, 2018
British Columbia Orff Chapter featuring Sarah Willner and Pam Hetrick
Balinese Arts and Culture in the Classroom: Opening Ears, Hearts and Minds
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School - New Westminster, British Columbia
Info. at www.bcorff.ca

February 3, 2018
Portland Orff-Schulwerk Association featuring Josh Block
Let the Children Be Their Own Composers: Movement as a Basis for Musical Composition
Catlin Gabel School - Portland, OR
Info. at www.portlandorff.org

February 4, 2018
Creative Dance Center featuring Terry Goetz
BrainDance: Birth to 5-years
Creative Dance Center - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.creativedance.org

February 10, 2018
Northern California American Orff-Schulwerk Association featuring Christa Coogan
Inspiring the Essential and Elemental Connections Between Music and Dance
Encinal School - Atherton, CA
Info. at www.ncaosa.org

February 15-18, 2018
Washington Music Educators Association State Conference

"Music: Leading to the Heart in Education"
Yakima Convention Center - Yakima, WA
Info. at www.wmea.org

February 24, 2018
Inland Empire Orff Chapter Sharing Event featuring Kate Bright
New Ways to Use What You Have!
Location TBD
Info. at www.inlandempireorff.org

February 24, 2018
Idaho Orff Chapter featuring Tim Wiegand
Birch Elementary School - Nampa, ID
Info. at www.idahoorff.org

March 3, 2018
Northwest Kodály Educators featuring Maree Hennessey
We are Musicians. Let’s Sing, Play, Move, Create, and Think! + Spring Membership Meeting
Northwest University - Kirkland, WA
Info. at www.nwkodaly.org

March 4, 2018
Creative Dance Center featuring Anna Mansbridge
Brain-Based Dance for Ages 3-6
Creative Dance Center - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.creativedance.org

March 10, 2018
Evergreen Orff Chapter featuring Lissa Ray
Movement, Music, and More / ER Care and Repair of Orff Instruments
Marvista Elementary School - Normandy Park, WA
Info. at www.evergreenorffchapter.com

April 14, 2018
Portland Orff-Schulwerk Association featuring Vivian Murray-Caputo
Catlin Gabel School - Portland, OR
Info. at www.portlandorff.org

April 21, 2018
Southern Washington and Oregon Kodály Educators featuring Gemma Arguelles
Spring Choral Workshop
Location TBD
Info. at www.swoke.org

April 28, 2018
Northwest Kodály Educators featuring Kelly Foster Griffin, Megan Oberfield and Lucinda Dalrymple
3rd Annual Introduction to Kodály at PLU
Pacific Lutheran University - Tacoma, WA
Info. at www.nwkodaly.org

April 28, 2018
Northern California American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Chapter Treasures: Janet Greene and Sarah Noll

The San Francisco School - San Francisco, CA
Info. at www.ncaosa.org

May 5, 2018
Evergreen Orff Chapter featuring BethAnn Hepburn
Purposeful Pathways to Process
The Bush School - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.evergreenorffchapter.com


Spotlight on Studio 49 S5 Mallets
By: Margaret Swain  -  10/30/2017

The orange ball Studio 49 S5 is one of my favorite mallets. It is intended for rosewood soprano xylophones and comes with the Studio 49 SX 2000. The durability and sound response is exceptional, and the diameter of the orange ball makes it easy to use with either wide or narrow bar instruments.

If you have very old Studio 49 instruments in your classroom you may see some mallets that are similar to the S5, but have a ball that is red. These mallets preceded the S5. It's worth trying these with your rosewood SX, because they may work just fine. In other cases that I have seen, the red ball mallets have become hardened with age. While it doesn't happen right away, rubber and plastic head mallets can become brittle after decades of use and need to be replaced.

To test your SX mallets, listen to the tone as you play a solo. You should hear a pleasant resonance throughout the range, with nothing harsh or brittle. Your mallet test will be most accurate if your instruments are in good condition with flexible tubing under the bars and around the nails, and with nails that are aligned correctly. You are welcome to contact me for repair advice and to purchase parts for your older barred instruments. I also offer an Orff instrument repair service. Once your instruments are in good condition, you'll be able to test your existing mallets and select the best one for each instrument.

Click HERE to view the Mallets section of our website, where you can purchase the S5 and dozens of other classroom mallets.

The Studio 49 SX 2000 shown with a pair of S5 mallets.

Margaret Swain Margaret Swain

I enjoy working to connect teachers to quality books and instruments for music and dance education. I hope you find my blog useful and interesting.
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