Greetings from the Music Room!

Ms. Smith
Welcome to the Roosevelt Elementary School - Music page.

My name is Sarah Smith and I am the music teacher here at Roosevelt. I will be at Roosevelt on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This is my fifth year teaching at Roosevelt and my twelfth year teaching in the Mankato Area Public School system.

I went to college at the University of Minnesota, Morris for my Bachelor of Arts degree and St. Mary's University for my Masters of Education degree. In addition, I have taken many college courses from the University of St. Thomas.

I am a certified Orff and Kodaly teacher with certification through the University of St. Thomas. The Orff philosophy of teaching music centers around sing, say, dance, and play.

The Orff philosophy of teaching music centers around sing, say, dance, and play. Through Orff teaching students use language, movement, singing, and instruments such as the recorder and xylophones to learn and practice musical elements.

For more information click on the link for an overview of the Orff Schulwerk method and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ZIUWyOLOs

http://aosa.org/

The Kodaly philosophy of teaching music centers around using folk songs and dances to teach musical concepts in a sequential manner. In the Kodaly method, we use rhythmic and melodic syllables to help us learn.  We use the takadimi system for rhythm and Curwen/Glover handsigns for melody.

For more information on the Kodaly Concept click on the link to the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.
http://www.oake.org/about-us/the-kodaly-concept/


Students will be actively involved in making music throughout the year.

Contact: Sarah Smith