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Prepare, Practice, Motivate and Create in the Urban Classroom

Cori Patterson
Sunday, July 17th: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Ken Olsen Science Center, Room 127

Teaching in an urban environment with a large English as a Second Language population can be challenging, yet any music teacher equipped with the right motivational ideas and strong musical foundation can motivate even the most challenging classroom. This session will provide attendees with tools for successfully implementing lessons in an urban classroom using aspects of Conversational Solfege as well as the Orff approach. The presenter will demonstrate a lesson that uses a single folk song to practice past and prepare future music literacy objectives using Conversational Solfege techniques and create a student generated performance including an Orff arrangement, percussion ensemble, improvisation, and movement. The presenter will share successful strategies for differentiating activities to reach the varied skills of a classroom including students who have been through years of Conversational Solfege and students who have recently entered the country as refugees. Connections will be made to the National Core Arts Standards processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting that are achieved through this lesson.

Participants will be able to create lessons that use a single folk song to practice past and prepare future music literacy objectives using Conversational Solfege techniques and create a student generated performance including an Orff arrangement, percussion ensemble, improvisation, and movement using the Orff Approach. Participants will be able to identify successful strategies for differentiating activities to reach the varied skills of an urban classroom including students who have been through years of training with Conversational Solfege, English as a Second Language students, and a transient population. Participants will leave with an example lesson that is ready to use in the general music classroom.

 

Cori Patterson - FAME ConferenceSince 2012, Cori Patterson has been teaching general music, grades prekindergarten through fifth, in the Syracuse City School District. She previously taught first through sixth grade general music in the Harlem Consolidated School District in Rockford, Illinois for five years. Cori holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from St. Olaf College (2005) and a Master of Music degree in Music Education with a Kodaly Emphasis from Silver Lake College (2014). While at Silver Lake College, Cori studied First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege with Dr. Feierabend. She is certified in Kodaly (Levels I-III) and Orff (Levels I-II). Cori is a founding member of the Central New York Orff Club. Cori presents regularly in Central New York on the Kodaly method, the Orff Approach, solfege and music literacy, and the new National Core Arts Standards. Her classroom teaching is rooted in the Feierabend Approach to Music Education and the Kodaly Method. She also incorporates Orff activities into the “Doing” part of her lessons. She received grants for her projects “Creativity and Movement in Music” and “A Journey from a Picture Book to a Musical.” Cori lives in Syracuse and performs trumpet with the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble.