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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.

Summer Courses 2018
By: Margaret Swain  -  3/29/2018
Spring is in the air here in Seattle. The cherry trees are in bloom and summer will be here before we know it which means that it's time to start thinking about summer teacher training courses.

We will be selling directly at five different courses this summer in Washington and California. Additional courses in Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia are listed below.

The events where we will be selling our materials are shown in blue italics.

June 18-July 6, 2018
Kodály Summer Institute and Seminar at Holy Names University
Holy Names University - Oakland, CA
Info. at www.hnu.edu

June 20-July 3, 2018
San Francisco Orff Course: Master Class - Orff-Afrique
The San Francisco School - San Francisco, CA
Info. at www.sforff.org

June 25-27, 2018
Smithsonian Folkways Teaching World Music in Higher Education Seminar
University of Washington - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.folkways.si.edu

June 25-29, 2018
Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy Workshop
University of Washington - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.folkways.si.edu

June 29-July 3, 2018 and July 9-20, 2018
Summer Dance Institute for Teachers
Creative Dance Center - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.creativedance.org

July 2-13, 2018
Kodály Levels I, II and III Teacher Training
Seattle Pacific University - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.kodalylevelsseattle.com

July 16-27, 2018
Eastern Washington University Orff Schulwerk Level II Certification Course
Eastern Washington University - Cheney, WA
Info. at www.ewu.edu

July 22-August 3, 2018
Summer Kodály Institute at Portland State University
Portland State University - Portland, OR
Info. at www.pdx.edu/music

July 23-27, 2018
San Francisco Orff Course: Intro Course
The San Francisco School - San Francisco, CA
Info. at www.sforff.org

July 23-27, 2018
San Francisco Orff Course: Jazz Course
The San Francisco School - San Francisco, CA
Info. at www.sforff.org

July 24-28, 2018
World Music Drumming Summer Workshops: Levels I and II
North Creek High School - Bothell, WA
Info. at www.worldmusicdrumming.com

July 30-August 3, 2018
Northwest Dalcroze Summer Workshop
Cornish School of the Arts - Seattle, WA
Info. at www.dalcrozeusa.org/northwest

July 30-August 10, 2018
Portland Orff-Schulwerk Certification Program Level I
Columbia Valley Elementary School - Vancouver, WA
Info. at www.portlandorff.org

July 30-August 3, 2018
Hot Marimba with Walt Hampton: Level 2
Tri-Cities Steel Band Association - Richland, WA
Info. at www.worldmusicdrumming.com

July 30-August 10, 2018
San Francisco Orff Course: Levels 1, 2 & 3 Certification Program
Hidden Valley Music Seminars - Carmel Valley, CA
Info. at www.sforff.org

August 13-24, 2018
Orff Schulwerk Certification Program - Levels I and II
Vancouver Community College - Vancouver, British Columbia
Info. at http://bcorff.ca

August 20-24, 2018
Orff Schulwerk Certification Program - Introduction to Orff Schulwerk
Vancouver Community College - Vancouver, British Columbia
Info. at http://bcorff.ca

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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