Workshop Description: Are you looking for child-centered ideas for your performance groups? New ideas for your classroom? Autumn ideas will welcome us as we follow the seasons thru the year… squirrel fun, ribbon dances, snow, water and spring lead us to kid-loved, kid-engaging music-making and movement. Come enjoy some children’s literature and singing games! Rhythms and rhymes inspire experiences with language and body percussion activities as necessary steps to purposeful instrumental integration. Some of Thom’s students’ favorite examples from the Music for Children volumes will be incorporated as models for composition, improvisation, harmony and the modes. Thom will share some tips and tricks to help children process quickly and easily so that music-making truly becomes child’s play! We look forward to welcoming YOU next Saturday!
Clinician Biography: Thom Borden teaches PreK-5 in Las Vegas and Introduction to the Kodaly Method at Vandercook College in Chicago. Thom completed his B.A. in Music 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 Wuytack. Advanced studies include music and movement in Paris as well as Kodaly training and certification through CSU with Sr. Lorna Zemke. Thom is the past-president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter, founding member of the Las Vegas Kodaly Chapter (LUCKE), and has presented at numerous AOSA and OAKE
conferences. He has presented in Australia, Canada, China, Europe and presents across the US each year. Thom served as the AOSA Diversity Committee Chair and is a founding member of the International Sharing Sunday USA organization. He has published Orff arrangements in the McGraw-Hill curriculum series SPOTLIGHT ON MUSIC and MUSIC STUDIO and has published materials on using manipulatives in the classroom. Teaching Kodaly courses at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, his latest publications include a series of musical active and interactive singing games - FILE FOLDER FUN! for Music Classrooms - that assist in teaching concepts both live and virtually.