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First Steps in Music, Revised
By: Margaret Swain  -  8/27/2020
GIA Music has recently released a revised edition of John Feierabend's popular First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond curriculum. Here's what you need to know if you already own these materials, or if you are interested in purchasing them for the first time.

Regarding the new materials GIA Music writes, "Over the past year, a committee formed by the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) developed a set of standards for evaluating repertoire associated with the curriculum. With their guidance, we have removed several songs deemed to be harmful, derogatory, or disrespectful in regard to their histories or context. We have also added a number of new high-quality songs and rhymes from a variety of world cultures."

The following items from the First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond curriculum are being revised:

First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond: the Curriculum

The Book of Beginning Circle Games
The Book of Call and Response
The Book of Children's Songtales
The Book of Echo Songs
The Book of Fingerplays and Action Songs
The Book of Songs and Rhymes with Beat Motions

Old Joe Clark CD
Had a Little Rooster CD
There's a Hole in the Bucket CD

The following items will remain the same:

Keeping the Beat CD
The Book of Movement Exploration
The Book of Pitch Exploration

For those who already own these materials GIA is providing a supplement that lists the songs that have removed from the curriculum, as well as printed music for the materials that have been added. Download the official First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond supplement HERE.


Fall Workshops 2020
By: Margaret Swain  -  8/26/2020
Here is a list of upcoming on-line professional development opportunities for teachers. Click on each link for more information on these great educational opportunities.

We will be adding even more events to this list soon!

September 12th, 2020
Evergreen Orff Chapter
Coffee with Carl (Orff)!
Info. at www.evergreenorffchapter.com

September 13th and 20th, 2020
San Francisco International Orff Course featuring Janet Greene
Through the Magic Door: Movement and Imagination in Early Childhood
Info. at www.sforff.org

September 14th-October 19th, 2020
San Francisco International Orff Course featuring Doug Goodkin
Jazz History For All, Part 1
Info. at www.sforff.org

September 19th, 2020
Inland Empire Orff Chapter Sharing
"Technology Adaptions in the Schulwerk"
Presented via Zoom
Info. at www.inlandempireorff.org

September 19th, 2020
Treasure State Orff Chapter featuring Kris Olson
The Moving Classroom
Info. at www.treasurestateorff.org

September 19th-20th, 2020
Dance Educators Association of Washington
2020 DEAW Annual Conference: Reimagining Dance Education
Presented via Zoom
Info. at www.deawa.org

September 23rd-November 11th, 2020
San Francisco International Orff Course featuring Kofi Gbolonyo
Orff Afrique Online: West African Music, Dance and Games in Your Home (USA)
Info. at www.sforff.org

September 26th, 2020
Northern California Orff-Schulwerk Association
featuring Barbara Haselbach and Sofia López-Ibor
"Integrating the Arts"
Presented via Zoom
Info. at www.ncaosa.org

October 2nd-3rd, 2020
Idaho Orff-Schulwerk Association featuring Kate Bright
Location TBD
Info. at www.idahoorff.org

October 3rd, 2020
Evergreen Orff Chapter featuring Deb Navin
Getting Serious About Play
Info. at www.evergreenorffchapter.com

October 9th-10th, 2020
Portland Orff-Schulwerk Association Mini-Conference featuring Liban O. Gómez, Keith Terry, Matthew Stensrud, Shirley Salmon, and BethAnn Hepburn
Presented via Zoom
Info. at www.portlandorff.org

October 10th, 2020
Inland Empire Orff Chapter featuring Sue Keeble
"Ready, Set, Engage!"
Presented via Zoom
Info. at www.inlandempireorff.org

October 11th-November 1st, 2020
San Francisco International Orff Course featuring Doug Goodkin, Sofia Lopez-Ibor, and James Harding
Orff Pedagogy: Key Principles of Designing Your Classes
Info. at www.sforff.org

October 14th-16th, 2020
Montana Music Educators Association
Montana Music Educators Association Conference
Info. at www.mtmusiced.com

October 24th, 2020
Northern California Orff-Schulwerk Association
featuring Brandi Waller-Pace and Syreeta Neal
"Developing Critical Views for the Music Classroom"
Presented via Zoom
Info. at www.ncaosa.org

October 26th-November 30th, 2020
San Francisco International Orff Course featuring Doug Goodkin
Jazz History For All, Part 2
Info. at www.sforff.org

October 29th, November 5th, and November 12th
Inland Empire Orff Chapter
Book study on Elementaria by Gunild Keetman
Presented via Zoom
Info. at www.inlandempireorff.org

November 7th, 2020
Evergreen Orff Chapter
Coffee with Carl (Orff)!
Info. at www.evergreenorffchapter.com

November 8th and 15th, 2020
San Francisco International Orff Course featuring Janet Greene
A Rhythmic Journey from Sound to Symbol
Info. at www.sforff.org

November 22nd and 29th, 2020
San Francisco International Orff Course featuring Annette Bauer & Eloi Fuguet
Recorder Time Travel
Info. at www.sforff.org

December 6th, 2020
San Francisco International Orff Course featuring Estevăo Marquez
Hands-On Rhythm Through Melody
Info. at www.sforff.org

December 5th, 2020
Evergreen Orff Chapter
Coffee with Carl (Orff)!
Info. at www.evergreenorffchapter.com

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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