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Fall Workshops 2018
By: Margaret Swain  -  8/28/2018
After a hot summer in Seattle we are looking forward to autumn bringing us cooler weather and some much needed rain. The changing of the seasons also means that fall workshops are just around the corner. Here is a list of upcoming professional development opportunities for teachers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Alaska, and British Columbia.

Click on each link for more information on these great educational opportunities. We will be adding even more events to this list soon!

September 8, 2018
Portland Orff Schulwerk Association
Orff 101!
Rock Creek Elementary School - Portland, OR
Info. at www.portlandorff.org

September 15, 2018
Northwest Kodály Educators: Dr. Susan Brumfield
First, We Sing! Songs, Games and Activities
The Evergreen School - Shoreline, WA
Info. at
www.nwkodaly.org

September 22, 2018
The Evergreen Orff Chapter featuring Tim Wiegand
Bringing Back the Joy!
Marvista Elementary School - Normandy Park, WA
Info. at
www.evergreenorffchapter.com

September 22, 2018
British Columbia Orff Chapter featuring Joe Berarducci
Essential Learning in Music... Clarifying the Curriculum
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School - New Westminster, British Columbia
Info. at www.bcorff.ca

September 23, 2018
Creative Dance Center featuring Lauren Harrison
Mindful Movement and Creative Practices for Self-Care
Creative Dance Center - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.creativedance.org

September 29, 2018
Inland Empire Orff Chapter featuring Michael Chandler
Whitworth University - Spokane, WA
Info. at www.inlandempireorff.org

September 29, 2018
Northern California Orff-Schulwerk Association featuring Dr. Marla Butke
Rhythmic Integrity and Expressivity Through Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Cesar Chavez Educational Center Gymnasium - Oakland, CA
Info. at www.ncaosa.org

September 29-30, 2018
Dance Educators Association of Washington Conference 2018
Dance Saves Lives: Awakening Radical Joy through Movement
Delridge Community Center - Seattle, WA
Info. at
www.deawa.org

October 5-6, 2018
Idaho Orff Chapter featuring Paul Cribari
Endeavor Elementary School - Nampa, ID
Info. at www.idahoorff.org

October 5-7, 2018
Alaska Orff Chapter featuring Matt McCoy
Lutheran Church of Hope - Anchorage, AK
Info. at www.alaskaorffchapter.org

October 12-13, 2018
Portland Orff Schulwerk Association and Southern Washington and Oregon Kodály Educators featuring Peter and Mary Alice Amidon
Columbia Valley School - Vancouver, WA
Info. at
www.portlandorff.org and www.swoke.org

October 13, 2018
British Columbia Orff Chapter featuring Sonja Karlson and Jacob Autio
Best of Both Worlds: Orff and Kodály-inspired Music Education
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School - New Westminster, British Columbia
Info. at www.bcorff.ca

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

November 3, 2018
Northwest Kodály Educators Chapter Sharing and Make and Take
Northwest University - Kirkland, WA
Info. at
www.nwkodaly.org

November 7-10, 2018
American Orff Schulwerk Association Professional Development Conference
AOSA 50 Years!
Duke Energy Convention Center - Cincinnati, OH
Info. at www.aosa.org

November 18, 2018
Creative Dance Center featuring Anne Green Gilbert
BrainDance Foundations
Creative Dance Center - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.creativedance.org


Relabeling Your Xylophone Bars
By: Margaret Swain  -  5/2/2018
Here is a convenient way to mark or re-mark the note names on your rosewood xylophone bars to make them easier to see. All you need are gold and silver gel pens!

There are many different brands of classroom xylophones, and many classrooms have a combination of brands manufactured over several decades. Some of these brands originally had the note names marked in gold, silver, white or yellow, while other brands had the note names stamped into the wood, but not colorized.

Here is an example of where I've taken a set of Golden Bridge xylophone bars and used a "Gelly Roll" brand gold gel pen to make the note names stand out more clearly. I recommend working slowly, holding the gel pen as vertically as possible and moving at a constant speed. The ink will flow out and fill the depression where the note name is stamped. If you make a mistake, it is easy to remove the ink you've just applied by using a drop of furniture polish, wiping it all off and starting over.

Once you are finished, allow the gel pen ink to dry overnight, or for at least an hour before playing or touching the instrument. If you are planning to polish the bars, do it before your re-mark the note names, and be sure to wipe off any excess furniture polish before using the gel pen.

For older Studio 49 and for Studio 49 Series 2000 use the silver gel pen, as these bars were originally colored white or silver.

For newer Studio 49 Series 1600 and 1000, use the gold gel pen, as these bars were originally colored yellow or gold. With Studio 49, the note name color is diagnostic of the type of rosewood and the tuning method employed, so it is good to keep that consistent. Here is a photo showing a Series 1600/1000 "E" bar, next to a Series 2000 "F" bar.
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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