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What Does "Orff" Really Mean?
By West Music Company
8/18/2015 9:31:00 AM  
What is OrffIf you’ve spent any time on westmusic.com, you’ve probably seen the terms “Orff” and “Schulwerk” here and there. If you’re like me, you were confused about what they had to do with instruments like xylophones and glockenspiels. Eventually, I figured it out, and I’d like to share my findings with all other inquiring minds out there.

Orff refers to a specific approach to music education developed by Carl Orff during the 1920’s, which combines music, speech, movement, and drama into musical lessons that are very similar to the way a child plays naturally. The term “Schulwerk” is German for “school work”. Most of the time, when someone says “Orff” they are referring to the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education. The fundamental principle of the Orff approach is the idea that children can learn music the same way they learn language. Orff believed that just as every child learns their language without formal instruction, so can they learn music by a gentle and friendly approach. It is often referred to as a “child-centered way of learning”.

Orff InstrumentsThe instruments associated with Orff Schulwerk are bells, chimes, glockenspiels, metallophones, xylophones, and timpani. Orff believed that percussive rhythm instruments like this are the most natural and basic form of human expression. The music played on Orff instruments is often very simple and designed for first-time musicians. The Orff approach also requires children to sing, clap, dance, and snap their fingers along to the melodies and rhythms.

Well, there you have it. Of course, the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education has a long and diverse history that can’t be completely explained in just a few paragraphs, but now you have a much better understanding of its underlying principles. If the Orff approach sounds interesting to you as a parent, teacher, or student, browse West Music’s wide selection of glockenspiels, bell sets, mallets & sticks, xylophones, and accessories.

Interested in Orff Shulwerk music education for you or your child? Shop Orff Instruments here.

Tags: orff, schulwerk, xylophone, glockenspiel, education, bells, metallophones, timpani
Categories: Orff, Music Education
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Ring, Dance, and Play
By Griff Gall and Paul Weller
3/11/2015 11:02:00 AM  
Choirchimes are a versatile instrument found in many classrooms. This instrument is frequently used in an ensemble setting, similar to a traditional handbell choir. However, many educators are quickly discovering their value as a classroom instrument. Ring, Dance, and Play is the first resource of its kind to treat Choirchimes as an Orff instrument, incorporating them into the type of lessons and activities music educators will find familiar. This was our main objective as we sat out to create this resource. We wanted to create lessons that would demonstrate how Choirchimes could be seamlessly integrated into the general music classroom. To achieve this, we created lessons that utilize Choirchimes in an elemental style associated with Orff Schulwerk. This book contains lessons based on folksong arrangements, traditional Schulwerk source materials and original compositions for recorder and Choirchimes. Many lessons incorporate movement as well as improvisation or composition components. We hope that Ring, Dance, and Play inspire music educators to explore the value of Choirchimes as a classroom instrument.

Shop for Choirchimes here!

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Categories: Orff, Kids & Movement, Music Education
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Playing with Improvisation: Technology with Integrity in the Orff Classroom
By Lisa Sullivan
1/6/2015 10:51:00 AM  
Lisa Sullivan

I tend to be a very practical teacher.  I have found that pieces work well for me when I can use them at multiple grade levels and in different ways.  This is the essence of Playing with Improvisation: Technology with Integrity in the Orff Classroom.  This resource comes out of 26 years of teaching K-5 students.  My students enjoy the chance to improvise on recorder and barred instruments and the more structured improvisation opportunities I can give them the better!  The goal of this resource is to give you dynamic, animated visual presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint) that will guide students through a musical journey with each piece in the collection.  The ultimate goal is to keep your students making music!

You can use this resource with barred instruments only or bring in recorders.  Either way, you can use the pieces in order or you can pick and choose as they fit into your curriculum.  There are two complete lessons plans and a Microsoft PowerPoint slide show available for each piece, one for barred instrument improvisation and one for recorder improvisation.  In this collection you’ll receive a total of ten pieces, each in both barred instrument and recorder versions, developmentally sequenced beginning with simple so-mi songs and progressing to the full do pentatonic scale.

These teaching pieces have been successful for me in my classroom for many years.  It is my pleasure to share them with you.  I think you’ll find they bring solid learning and joyful, musical play to your classroom as well. 

Lisa Sullivan

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Categories: Orff, Music, Books & Resources, Recorders, Music Education
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Make It A World Music Drumming Summer!
By Melissa Blum
6/5/2014 2:12:00 PM  

Join West Music’s Melissa Blum for Drumming Up the Fun! A week-long workshop for teachers of children ages 3-8, part of the World Music Drumming Summer Workshops!

Now in its 6th year, Drumming Up the Fun! combines Melissa’s passion for Early Childhood Music and Movement and World Music Drumming! Join us as we explore:

  • Understanding and experiencing some the World Music Drumming Ensembles in their original form and learning how to adapt them without “losing the groove!”
  • Adding Early Childhood Songs to the ensembles to create program ideas for parent night, open houses, and other performance opportunities
  • Creating Sound Stories using wonderful children’s literature, percussion, sound effects instruments and more!
  • Personal Musical Growth on Remo Tubanos and other percussion instruments
  • Working with the amazing World Music Drumming Staff to explore other “tried and true” ways to incorporate drums and percussion in the early childhood classroom!

3 locations for summer 2014!

  • June 9-13 Tampa, FL
  • June 22-27 Oconomowoc, WI
  • July 21-25 Boston, MA

About Melissa:
Melissa Blum has over 25 years experience teaching music at the pre-K, elementary, middle school, and adult levels. She is a Vice President at West Music, where she is Director of National Sales and Service and an Educational Consultant for early childhood products and World Music Drumming. She has participated in the World Music Drumming summer workshops since 2004, completing Levels 1, 2, and 3 multiple times, and has completed Remo HealthRHYTHMS facilitator training. She has facilitated World Music Drumming ensembles as a team-building exercise at a variety of corporate and community events for children and adults, and is a clinician for daycare/preschool providers and ECMM educators on the topic of incorporating developmentally appropriate music activities in the pre-k classroom setting. Melissa has a Bachelor of Music degree and K-12 Music Education Certification from The University of Iowa, and has completed graduate coursework in Music Education and General Education.

Make it a World Music Drumming Summer!

West Music is pleased to provide instruments and materials for the Summer 2014 World Music Drumming Workshops with Will Schmid!

June 2-6 Rapid City, SD (Level 1, Kids, Choir & Drums)
June 9-13 Tampa, FL (Levels 1,2,3, Drumming Up the Fun)
June 16-20 Albuquerque, NM (Levels 1,2)
June 16-20 Columbus, OH (Level 1)
June 16-20 Houston, TX (Level 1, Curriculum Update - NEW!)
June 22-27 Oconomowoc, WI (Levels 1,2,3, Drumming Up the Fun, Kids, Choir & Drums)
July 7-11 Boulder, CO (Level 1)
July 7-11 Leesburg, VA (Levels 1, 2, 3)
July 14-18 St. Louis (Level 1, Curriculum Update - NEW!)
July 21-25 Boston, MA (Levels 1,2, Drumming Up the fun, Walt Hampton Hot Marimba)
July 28-Aug.1 Portland, OR (Levels 1, 2, Walt Hampton Hot Marimba)

Wondering what happens at these life-changing week-long workshops for teachers? Check out this “sampler video” made by 2010 participant Lorrie Heagy!

More workshop information and registration can be found at www.worldmusicdrumming.com

Looking for ways to incorporate World Music Drumming in your classroom? Check out some of our best selling instruments, books and resources!

Remo 100 Series Key-Tuned Kintekloth Tubano

Remo Key-Tuned Tubanos are literally the West Music product I use more than any other.  They are the foundation of the World Music Drumming Curriculum and are ideally suited for use in General Music Classrooms:

The sturdy feet mean the drum does not have to be tipped to play.
The synthetic head and acousticon body are easily cleaned—you can even use a regular antibacterial wipe on them.
Investing in the key-tuned series means you can keep the drums sounding just as you want them, with varied voicing among the different sized drums.
You will never regret this purchase!

Remo AK-4104 Key-Tuned Standing Ngoma Drum

Traditional West African drum, drum-key tunable, 40" tall with a 14" head. Meant to be played with sticks (not included) or with the hands. Designed by the legendary Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji, the timbre of this drum is similar to a conga or large tubano, only bigger. The standing ngoma comes with a high-density molded base which protect the bottom of the shell, minimizes the drums walking during play, and raises drum off the floor to increase the tone quality and projection.

Remo World Music Drumming Series Drumming Package A

"After taking Will Schmid's World Music Drumming course I had to get the Remo World Music Drumming (Package A) it'is a great set of drums perfect for my middle school general music classes! With 16 drums and a leader's drum, there are enough drums for everyone to play at the same time without waiting to share an instrument. The additional percussion instruments are also great to add different timbres to the sound of the drums. I have also used these in my church and am looking to purchase another set to use there. These are lots of fun to play and immediately gets everyone involved in music making!" - Customer Review

World Music Drumming Cross-Cultural Curriculum by Will Schmid World Music Drumming is a cross-cultural curriculum to learn drumming techniques, learn songs with accompaniment and movement, connect African andLatin American cultural traditions to the music performed, and discover how music can be the perfect vehicle for teaching team building, respect, focusing, listening, problem solving, and other important life skills. The curriculum is aimed at grades 6-8 but includes extensions for lower grades and high school.
The teacher guide provides 30 lesson plans with goals and objectives, step-by-step teaching process of new techniques and songs, review materials, sharing activities, cultural connections, ensemble work, Q & A section, assessment, and supplemental ideas.
The student book contains reproducible pages with maps, cultural information, vocabulary practice,assessment exercises, and songs.
The DVD shows middle school students in a classroom setting, demonstrating the drumming techniques and ensembles for the World Music Drumming curriculum.

Beatbox: World Music Drumming 101 by Will Schmid

Kids love to drum! No matter what instruments you have or don't have available, BeatBox will get you started. Students will experience a variety of world drumming styles as they accompany folk melodies and original songs. Music inspirations include a basic rock drumming pattern, the sound of a mbira (thumb piano) with xylophones, a Haitian meringue ensemble, body percussion from the tradition of hambone and step-dancing, and a lively fiddle tune with an Irish bodhran drumming part. 
Experiment with call and response, layered ostinatos, syncopation and improvisation. Learn the Bamboo Tamboo from the Caribbean, the Highlife from West Africa, and how to make a drum talk.

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What to Teach When: A Guide by Brian Hiller and Don Dupont
By West Music
2/7/2014 1:21:00 PM  

Brian Hiller Don DupontAuthors Brian Hiller and Don Dupont are sharing a look at their popular series What to Teach When. Look for the third installment geared towards 4th and 5th grade students available Fall, 2014.

"Teaching is both an art and a science. The art of teaching provides creative, exciting, and enriching activities that engage the learners. The science is the understanding that we (teachers) need to present material in a developmentally appropriate and sequential manner. We want our students to be actively involved in the music making process and at the same time be able to articulate exactly what they are learning in music.

The goal of this series is to provide elementary music specialists with the tools and resources they need to develop a curriculum that teaches skills and concepts while maintaining an aesthetic and creative classroom environment! The music room is a place where children participate, discover, investigate, learn, and perform. The result is an experience that not only builds musical knowledge but helps students develop a positive attitude toward music and the music-making process. At the elementary levels, students develop skills in music through singing, chanting, moving, and playing instruments.

In our classrooms, we often integrate all of the music-making activities into one learning experience. For example, children may learn a traditional folk song, identify the form and style, add movement and instrumental accompaniment, and develop ideas for contrasting sections. This multifaceted approach fosters active music participation and allows individual students an opportunity to express themselves through multiple forms of music making. Through this process the children learn to become not only independent musicians but interdependent members of a community of learners. Every elementary student in our district attends music once a week. As in any other discipline, music has its own tools, materials, concepts, and skills, which are developed with increasing understanding over time. For each concept or skill, the student must pass through a learning sequence to assimilate and build understanding.

What to Teach When What to Teach When Hiller DupontWhat to Teach When provides elementary music specialists with repertoires and learning activities for teaching the elements of rhythm, melody, form, texture, and timbre. The curriculum is spiraled and the order of the activities has been carefully designed so that skills and concepts are continually reinforced before new concepts are introduced. Each song or activity lists the elemental focus and concept along with the basic way in which we teach the piece to our students. When applicable, you will see thumbnail images of the visual aids and/or manipulatives we have created for teaching the piece. All of these can be found on the CD-ROM included with the book. Our goal is to provide teachers with a core curriculum and encourage you to use the ideas in our publication as a springboard to creating exciting and enriching experiences with your students. At the end of each grade-level offering, you will find a fully processed sample lesson plan that demonstrates how particular music skills and concepts might be taught in more detail."

Click the books to learn more about the K-1 and 2-3 installments in this series! For more information on Brian and Don, visit their website.

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"It's Time For Discriminate Listening!" Lynn Kleiner Talks Recorder Quality
By West Music Company
1/6/2014 3:23:00 PM  

Lynn KleinerAs a well-known Orff pioneer and creator of recorder curriculum, Lynn Kleiner certainly knows a thing or two about the difference a quality recorder can make to a school curriculum. Hear what she has to say!

"As a recorder teacher since 1978, I am aware of the increasing number of choices teachers have to select a brand of recorder. I have also noticed that the quality of different brands of recorders varies widely. I have heard inferior recorders that are out of tune, with horrible tone quality that remind me of the old days when the tonettes were the elementary melody instrument of choice, instead of recorders. That poor sound quality classified those as toys, not instruments. I think we need to evaluate this objectively by having two groups of players, one with a known quality recorder and the other with a suspected inferior brand, and then shout “LISTEN, EVERYONE! There’s clearly a significant difference in sound quality that we observed!” Well, I think it would obvious; no one really needs to shout.     

My early recorder training led me to be very particular about the choice of recorder not only because the price difference is minimal but the quality difference is dramatic and greatly affects the performance experience.  I was taught in my Orff-level training that the type of recorder for students should be the best quality plastic recorder possible so the child can hear an instrument that is in tune with itself, with the other players, and has the best tone quality. Young students don’t need to be burdened with the issues inherent with a wood recorder, such as cracking, humidity, and swabbing.

It is also important for the teacher to demonstrate good tone and intonation to the students by playing an instrument that is of high quality and in tune. For the last 31 years, I have had an after school recorder ensemble (We were fortunate to have the opportunity to perform at two AOSA conferences and one MENC conference!). We played the same quality brand of all sizes of recorders for the best possible ensemble blend.

For those of you reading on, here’s another issue that I struggle with in teacher training environments. My beginning recorder lesson is one of my favorite lesson plans of the year and includes a number of exotic birds in my story (yes, I teach recorder using a number of stories). In order to play my “Weird Birds” piece, you must have the head joint alone, playing the mouth piece without the body of the recorder. I work with tonguing, breathing, and improvisation in a way that can foster success for the first time player.  Then I hear teachers say “I can’t take the top off my recorder, it’s all one piece!” Students should have at least a two piece recorder; however, if you are going to get to the low C in your recorder classes, I suggest the 3 piece recorder so the students can adjust the foot piece. 

I hope teachers have the opportunity to make side-by-side comparisons to select the highest quality within a target price range.  Yes, you usually get what you pay for, but in this case, sometimes paying a little more will get you a whole lot more!

What do I like?  I have enjoyed both the 3-piece Aulos and Yamaha recorders in my schools."  

Lynn Kleiner’s recorder workshops and lessons are available online at www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com.

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Taking Orff-Schulwerk to the 21st Century with Cecilia Wang
By West Music
1/6/2014 9:38:00 AM  

Cecilia WangOrff Schulwerk Reflections and DirectionsCecilia Wang shares an inside look her newest project - Orff-Schulwerk Reflections and Directions (GIA), which takes an in-depth look at how music educators can best take the Orff method into the 21st century. Featuring a look at the past, present and future of Orff-Schulwerk, the book includes contributions by 20 internationally recognized leaders in the field, as well as ten detailed and field-tested lesson plans for any music classroom setting.   

"This book is a reflection of Orff Schulwerk and its role in the twenty-first century. A group of passionate music educators gathered in Kentucky to discuss what Orff Schulwerk has been and what it could be internationally. The result is this book, written by twenty authors who dedicated much of their lifes work to promote Orff Schulwerk. Several of them are past AOSA presidents; others are Orff-Schulwerk pedagogues, researchers, an ethnomusicologist, and a music therapist. It is written for music teachers of all levels, college professors, and researchers.

The content of this book is unique in its comprehensive coverage of Orff Schulwerk from different perspectives by the various authors. The content takes you to several continents to observe Orff Schulwerk in action. Jane Frazee describes the colorful history of how Carl Orff developed the Schulwerk from the environment of the Nazi Germany to the current USA. Carlos Abril dares you to think critically and objectively of the dangers of treating Orff Schulwerk as an ideology. Arvida Steen shows real examples of our diverse populations in the schools that challenge all music teachers. Judy Bond, Cindy Hall, and Jay Broeker discuss current issues related to Orff Schulwerk teacher education. Need research findings? Wang and Sogin give you a panoramic view of research studies in Orff Schulwerk. Who can benefit from the Orff process? Nicola Mason, Michelle Lewis, Jo Ella Hug, Lori Gooding, and Terri Brown Lenzo share their work that extends Orff Schulwerk beyond the elementary population.

What directions should we follow for the future? Robyn Staveley’s chapter on technology and neuroscience, and Gregory Springer’s on creative thinking steer us forward. Springer’s model of Creative Thinking in Orff Schulwerk offers a much-needed theoretical basis for Orff research and advocacy.  To adapt Orff Schulwerk for teaching musical diversity, the chapters by Shamrock, Kuo-Huang Han, and Kim McCord, guide you in creating lessons including playing Gamelan, and Jazz music!

For school teachers, the most useful may be the last section which showcases field-tested lesson plans by various contributors, as well as two arrangements of Chinese music for the new year, by Margaret Thong."

Orff-Schulwerk Reflections and Directions is available now from West Music!

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From Wibbleton to Wobbleton: Exploring Orff-Schulwerk with James Harding
By West Music Company
1/3/2014 8:53:00 AM  

James HardingFrom Wibbleton to WobbletonJames Harding, author and preschool, elementary and middle school music teacher at the San Francisco School, was kind enough to give us a bit of insight on his new book, From Wibbleton to Wobbleton. Published in September by the Pentatonic Press, this book is the third in the Integrated Learning Series, following Intery Mintery and Blue is the Sea, and takes an in-depth look at creative play using the Orff-Schulwerk method and features artwork by Eli Noyes.   

"As I write this, the final proof of my book, From Wibbleton to Wobbleton (Pentatonic Press 2013), is winging its way through Express Mail towards the printer. Did I catch the last typo? Probably not! But I am confident that the book is going to be attractive and intriguing to readers from the moment they catch sight of the cover or flip through the pages, because it is filled with delightful drawings and diagrams from the pen of my collaborator, Eli Noyes.

I am a doodler and cartoon-drawer myself, and I knew from the start that I wanted the book to have illustrations. Eli is a former parent at The San Francisco School who is an award-winning animator, and when I saw his style of drawings I knew he would be perfect for the job. We started working together last September on some samples. Little did we both know that in the next 12 months he would complete almost 400 drawings for the project!

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One of my favorite parts of the book is a section called “Playing With the Elements of Music.” It’s a kind of index of ways to work creatively with any material by playing with the parameters of rhythm, pitch, timbre, tempo, dynamic and form. I wanted a drawing to show each element of music. I suggested that we show each element on the side of a cardboard box, implying that each element was one facet of the whole musical experience. Eli drew the boxes as I asked, but they looked lifeless. How about having a child playing with each box? Better, but the children looked lonely, and I realized that a child playing alone did not represent the spirit of communal music making that is the hallmark of the Orff approach. How about two children playing together with each element? Yes! Suddenly the images showed the spirit of creative play. As they say, a picture is worth one hundred words, and so I’d have to write millions to thank Eli Noyes for his contribution to this book."

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton features great ideas for any music curriculum, with chapters about speech pieces, singing games, working with props, orff instruments, songs and canons, and introductions to the elements of music, musical notations, and orff schulwerk. Find it at your local West Music or by clicking here.

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Exciting New Items in the 2013-2014 West Music Catalog!
By Jennifer Winegarden
8/1/2013 10:50:00 AM  

It’s that time of year again – the new West Music catalog is out!  It’s our biggest, and we think best, yet! I am going to highlight a few of the new products that we added this year, but remember when flipping through the catalog that all of the new products will have a NEW! badge next to them.

Korogi Desktop Series Xylophones

On page 28, you will find Korogi Desktop Series Xylophones. These instruments are great for the beginning percussion student as they are smaller and more portable than full sized marimbas. However, they are produced with the same guidelines as the finest Korogi marimbas and are made of Honduras Padouk and Karinwood.  Bags and stands are sold separately and can also be found on page 28.
Korogi Desktop Series X37K 3.0 Octave Karinwood Xylophone
Korogi Desktop Series EKO32 2.6 Octave Padouk Xylophone

Hohner Accordions

Did you ever think that accordions would find their way into music classrooms?  Well they have, and we’ve got them for you!  On page 29 of our new catalog, you will find a selection of accordions as well as a few tips on choosing the right accordion for you and your students.
Hohner 1303-RED Hohnica 12 Bass Piano Accordion
Hohner 1304-RED Hohnica 48 Bass Piano Accordion
Hohner 3100GB Panther Diatonic Accordion


The Ukulele craze is still going strong and we have added new finish options and brands to meet the needs of all levels of players.  Find them on pages 34-35 of the catalog or find even more options online.
Kohala Ukuleles Lanikai Ukuleles Kala Ukuleles

Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive Whiteboards have become a common tool for use in music classrooms over the last several years.  To keep up with this quickly rising trend, we have expanded our selection of interactive whiteboard materials to offer you.  On pages 50-51 you will find new titles such as “Discover the Great Composers” and “Music Madness”, as well as best sellers such as “Heart Chart 2.0” and “Interactive Now”.
Interactive Whiteboards

Remo Versa Drums

New from Remo are the Versa Drums. These versatile drums come in three large body styles; Djembe, Timbau and Tubano. They have been designed to stack inside of one another -  a great space saving feature!  Additionally, the heads are easily removed and can be played as a frame drum.  Find the new Versa Drums on page 59; scan the QR code to see a video and learn more about these drums!
Remo Versa Drums

Hohner Green Tones

In the Early Childhood section of the catalog, you will find a new line of instruments from Hohner called Green Tones. These environmentally friendly instruments are made of sustainable materials such as rubber wood, non-toxic glue and soy ink and they are packaged in bleach free, recycled paper.  Find Green Tones instruments on pages 93 and 98 of the catalog.
Green Tones Sound Effects Green Tones Wood Temple Blocks

Aurora & Folkmanis Puppets

We are so excited to announce that West Music now carries Aurora and Folkmanis brand puppets!  Using puppets in the classroom is a fun way to encourage vocalization, social interaction, imagination and more! We recommend pairing puppets with children’s literature as a way to expand your curriculum.  Find puppets on pages 102-103, and children’s literature on pages 109-121.  You can also find a wider selection of puppets and children’s literature online.
Aurora Puppets Folkmanis Puppets

Artful, Playful, Mindful

For all of you Orff teachers out there, Jane Frazee has published a new book “Artful, Playful, Mindful”. This book is a curriculum model built on rhythm and pitch elements that inspire you and your students to make music (artful), to make up music (playful), and to make sense of music (mindful). Discover how music learning relates to all learning. Written from an Orff Schulwerk perspective, the book provides rhythmic and melodic pieces, sample projects and ideas for all music educators. Find this new book and other Jane Frazee publications on page 125.
"Artful, Playful, Mindful"


You will also find other fabulous resources for classroom teachers in the new West Music catalog!  Everything from General Music to Orff Shulwerk, Kodaly, Movement books and Teaching Aids can be found on pages 122-189.

We hope that our new catalog offers you all that you need to plan a successful school year!  As always, if you have questions please call us at 800-397-9378.

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Packing Up For Summer? Don't Forget to Protect Your Instruments!
By Melissa Blum
5/30/2012 1:00:00 PM  

As the year winds down and summer heats up, are you packing up your instruments for summer storage? Perhaps the floors in your classroom are being redone or construction projects will be taking place. You’ve invested a great deal in your classroom instruments; here’s a few ways to keep them in tip top shape so they enjoy summer vacation as much as you will!

Basic Beat Orff Dust CoversOur Basic Beat Orff Dust Covers fit right over the top of your Orff Xylophones and Metallophones. The three sizes are color coded for ease of use, and will protect your Soprano, Alto/Tenor, and Bass instruments. No need to take off bars; just cover them up and they will be well-protected from dirt and dust.

Need to take the bars off for summer storage? Check out our Basic Beat Bar Bags. Each pair holds all of the bars of a single instrument. Simply slide the bars into the pockets, roll up the bag, and tie it shut. Your bars will be safe and protected and can easily be stored together in a tote or box.

Need some drum storage as well? Basic Beat Tube Drum bags come in 3 sizes and perfectly fit 10”, 12”, and 14” Tubanos or other tube-shaped drums. The lightly padded ends of the bags will protect your drum heads, and the off-set handles will make carrying the drums easier as you move them to a safe place for the summer.

We’ve all learned to stock up on Sunscreen to protect ourselves from the summer elements; this year be sure your instruments are protected from their summer elements as well!

Orff Dust Covers & Bar Bags

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