Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Music Workshops

I attended two workshops already this fall-- Artie Almeida's wonderful workshop was the first one, held at St. Joseph School in Madison, MS. Joey and Andrea Coleman were in charge, they are the head of the Orff society in our area We were so excited to get awesome Artie here! We learned a lot of great activities with drum sticks, using large cans with foam pads, and circle songs with beat buddies (stuffed animals). My favorite one was Brown Bear, Brown Bear where each child in the circle has a turn to sing the answer to the question "What do you see?" with their animal singing the name of the animal next to them.


This is us shooting little plastic frogs into the "pool" on the song Five Green and Speckled Frogs. Children love to combine play with songs!

me and Artie


A little Mallet Madness with Artie.

 Dancing Drum Workshop

I learned to play the djembe hand drum, BOOM bah and the Djun-djun with sticks. These are West Africa instruments. We did dances, claps, and the drums to character education songs in Drumming Up Character. I'm so excited our counselor, in charge of the PBIS (Positive Behavior in Schools) curriculum is going to order the program for me! It has a dvd and complete character ed instruction. I will teach the song and dances. The kids will love it and learn a lot about good character in the process!

The drum circle included the "tick-tock" blocks and maracas. It was so much fun and I think the kids would love it! I hope to find some money via a grant. I don't know how or where, but I bet it would make a big difference for some kids.


Steve giving us instruction.



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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984048324/