Andrew Ellingsen Workshop
December 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm$20 – $65
Children play. Games with rules, games of make-believe, games they create, games they learned from their brothers or sisters. And by playing, children learn. They make sense of the world, they learn to work together, they learn to think strategically, they learn to apply what they have learned in other situations to the game they’re playing now. Music teachers have only a limited amount of time with our students. We can harness the power of play in our curriculum to maximize the learning that happens in our classrooms. Hopefully, we can also expand the number of minutes a week our students spend making music by teaching games that they want to play on their own. Participants will learn traditional singing games and movement games for students of various ages. In addition, participants will explore how to help students create their own games for use in the classroom.
Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Decorah, IA. He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk. He has served on the OAKE national board, a committee for AOSA, and has held leadership positions in state and regional organizations for both Orff Schulwerk and Kodály. Ellingsen teaches in the Orff Courses in at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.