Workshop Description: Children's literature and familiar rhythms and rhymes are the tools used to lead students through the music concepts in our classroom. Additional teaching suggestions that include folk songs, movement and selections from the volumes allow for improvisation and creativity as teaching suggestions are provided within the lesson.
Clinician Biography: Thom Borden has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction focused in Reading. He completed Orff Levels at UNLV and an Orff Master Level at the University of Memphis under Jos Wytac. Advanced studies include music and movement in Paris as well as Kodaly training and certification through CSU with Sr. Lorna Zemke. He is past-president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter, founder and president of the Las Vegas Urban Chapter of Kodaly Educators (LUCKE, and has presented at numerous AOSA and OAKE Conferences. He has presented in Australia, Canada, and China and presents at Orff and Kodaly chapters across the United States each year. Currently teaching PreK-5, Thom served as the AOSA Diversity Committee Chair and has published Orff arrangements in the McGraw-Hill series, Spotlight on Music and Music Studio. He has published materials on using manipulatives in the music classroom and using children's literature to address music concepts and skills.