Back to the Orffabet! Today's letter is D, the shape of the popsicle prongs on a homemade Kalimba!
Lisa Lehmberg of the University of Massachusetts, has agreed to share this portion of her book chapter. Hurray, Lisa! Let's make a Kalimba out of popsicle sticks, paper plates, and some scrap wood! You'll need: two small, sturdy paper platesone wood block (3cm x 7cm* x 1cm) To convert to inches click here. This block is inside the plates and keeps them from collapsing.7 cm* piece of thin plywood five flat popsicle sticks7 cm* strip of flimsy wood moldingbrads or small screws (optional)paper gluewood glue*the length is determined by the size of the paper plates. These measurements are for the structural stability of the instrument, NOT the intonation. Just eyeball or loosely measure the wood. Glue a block of wood to a paper plate near its edge. Glue another paper plate (plates facing each other) to the original plate and the wood block. Spread glue on both the rims of the…
So we've had another school shooting. By the time I post this, we will have had a few more. The NRA and President Bone Spurs would like us to arm teachers. Shooting another human being is not natural. Killing is not natural. Self-defense only feels natural when hand to hand combat is involved. Guns, even in the heat of battle, are abstract. Perhaps the primary reason the United States has a volunteer army instead of a drafted one is that drafted soldiers are far less likely to actually fire at the enemy when the time comes. The kill instinct has to be trained into a soldier. It isn't natural, and it takes its toll on the soul. Plus, you'll probably miss and shoot an innocent student and die anyway.
So I offer a humble alternative. Well, maybe two, but one of them is actually entertaining.
Today's Orffabet letter is P, for the shape of buckets and sticks when they are in storage in our guest teacher's classroom.
The following post and series of videos is for Upper Elementary, Middle School, or High School Students. This is a rare opportunity for you to learn a routine without having to go to a workshop or Orff level. You will learn the routine as your students would.
John is a teacher in the Worcester Public Schools. He has taught this routine to Upper Elementary students as an after school program. John's students worked on the routine for an hour or so every day for 6 weeks. To see John in an earlier post, click here.
The "students" in this video are Orff Level I students in the Worcester Public Schools class of 2010. They learned the routine in a 90 minute session with Level III students who already knew it. Here is the routine after those 90 minutes.
This routine, inspired by African dance and Orff body percussion, is well outside the …