Classroom Music

Winter Conference 2022
Rochester, NY  December 1-3, 2022

Headliner: Doug Goodkin

Doug Goodkin is an internationally recognized Orff Schulwerk teacher. Recently retired from The San Francisco School where he taught music and movement to children between three years old and eighth grade for 45 years (1975-2020), he continues to regularly gives workshops for Orff Chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as presenting at State and National Conferences. 

Doug is the author of nine books on music education: A Rhyme in Time, Name Games, Sound Ideas (Alfred Pub.), Play, Sing and Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk (Schott), Now’s the Time: Teaching Jazz to All Ages, Intery Mintery: Nursery Rhymes for Body, Voice and Orff Ensemble, The ABCs of Education: A Primer for Schools to Come, All Bues: Jazz for the Orff Ensemble and his recently published Teach Like It’s Music: An Artful Approach to Education. 

Orff Schulwerk is a dynamic approach to music and movement education created by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman. Proceeding from a strong conviction in each child’s natural musical promise, the Orff approach draws it forth through the child’s world of games, chant, song, movement, folk dance, drama and work on specially designed Orff instruments just right for the beginning musician. 

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Early Childhood/Elementary Classroom Music Sessions

Thursday, December 1, 2022

4:15-5:15 PM  Children’s Games (Doug Goodkin)

Children’s games have long been a way for children to develop the rhythmic, melodic, kinesthetic and social skills that help prepare them for a lifetime of making music. This workshop will feature a variety of game forms— partner claps, counting out games, playparties, ring plays, drama games and more— from diverse cultures. The workshop will also give examples of how to extend the games with engaging variations, creative invitations and Orff ensemble arrangements.

7:00-8:00 PM  Now’s The Time: Jazz for All Ages (Doug Goodkin)

One of our greatest cultural inheritances remains neglected in the world of general music because we haven’t considered how to make the complexities of jazz accessible to young children. Combining the Orff approach with a toes-up sequential development, we will learn simple  jazz arrangements, with an emphasis on improvisation. Those who play band instruments should bring them to add to the ensemble.

Friday, December 2, 2022

8:15-9:15 AM  Teach Like It’s Music (Doug Goodkin)

Children come to formal music training already musical—left on their own, they’re singing to themselves, chanting, playing clapping games, exploring sounds, dancing to music. If we teach music musically, we can then cultivate, shape, nurture and develop their musical instincts so they grow into greater skills and understanding. Drawing from Doug’s book Teach Like It’s Music: An Artful Approach to Education,today’s workshop will look at what makes a lesson feel musical so that process and product and performance are all of one piece. Explore how to create lessons with a clear shape, design and musical flow. Come prepared to play, sing, dance and reflect on what can improve in your own teaching so that children are joyfully engaged and happy. 

10:45-11:45 AM Play, Sing and Dance- An Overview of Orff-Schulwerk (Doug Goodkin)

This workshop will serve as an introduction to the dynamic approach to music and movement education known as Orff Schulwerk. With material ranging appropriate for children between ages three and fifteen and a wide variety of media (children’s games, body percussion, speech, song, movement, folk dance, drama and Orff instrument ensemble), we will play, sing and dance our way into understanding how the Orff approach serves the needs of children. Come prepared to both actively participate and reflect on the key ideas behind the experiences.

2:30-3:30 PM  Is This Music or PE? Supporting Motor Development in the Music Classroom (Ashley Moss Fox)

In this session, we will explore how to scaffold singing, chanting, listening, and movement experiences to address the unique motor development needs of students. Additionally, we will explore how to use motor-focused activities to support and assess the development of musical skills and content-specific vocabulary.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

8:15-9:15 AM  Adaptable Music for Early Elementary And Beyond (Meghan Bell)

How many ways can you use a single tune, rhyme, or chant? In this session we will explore how to adapt a variety of activities to meet the needs of of students: those just beginning, those who need more creativity and improvisation, and those ready for reading and writing.

9:30-10:30 AM Supporting Child and Caregiver Musicianship in Early Childhood Music Settings (Rachel Grimsby)

As early childhood music educators our goal is for the home environment to be an extension of the classroom music environment. How can we guide family members in developing their own musical skills while focusing on family musicianship as well? In this session we will play with pedagogies and approach early childhood music education with a blended pedagogical approach to meet the musical development needs of child and caregiver.

10:45-11:45 AM We Have a MAJOR problem: Exploring Multiple Tonalities and Meters in the Elementary General Music Classroom (Beatrice Olesko)

By the end of most elementary music experiences, children are well immersed in major keys and 4/4 time. In this interactive session, we will discuss the importance of stepping outside of that major/duple comfort zone and explore activities involving singing, moving, creating, and playing instruments in multiple meters and tonalities!

1:15-2:15 PM  Folk Dancing Tricks From K-6 (Rachel Grimsby)

Participants will experience a folk dance and learn how to scaffold this folk dance from Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Movement based on Laban themes will be explored and connected to folk dancing. The session will end with participant bringing together session concepts to create a new dance to popular music.

Secondary Classroom Music Sessions

Thursday, December 1, 2022

4:15-5:15 PM  Spinning Webs of Connectivity in Orff Schulwerk and Guinean Drumming (K. Michelle Lewis)

In this session, participants will explore making music using the Orff Schulwerk Approach and the Guinean Drumming Approach. Participants will learn about the culture of Guinea, Africa through performing traditional music and creating an original piece of music and movement inspired by Guinea

Friday, December 2, 2022

8:15-9:15 AM Getting the Most From Your Song Repertoire (Ashley Cuthbertson)

In this session, we will explore how to scaffold singing, chanting, listening, and movement experiences to address the unique motor development needs of students. Additionally, we will explore how to use motor-focused activities to support and assess the development of musical skills and content-specific vocabulary.

10:45-11:45 AM Find Your Squad: Staying Connected to Friends Who Can Help (Aaron Staebell)

Music teachers often feel isolated. Maintaining a network of friends who you can count on, for both professional advice, as well as an outlet for stress, can help ease the isolation and keep us connected. This clinic will provide ideas for developing, maintaining, and staying tight with your squad.

2:30-3:30 PM  The Introvert in Music Ed: More Than Meets the Eye! (Aaron Staebell)

Fast talking, outwardly confident…we view these people as smart, capable, and successful. However, 50.7% of the population are introverts…who need time to think, & who listen first. Introverts are just as smart & capable, but often are overlooked. Learn how introverts work, and how to more effectively work with them.

7:00-8:00 PM  Culturally Responsive Music Eduction in Action for General Music Rooms (Ashley Cuthbertson)

We will engage in practical applications of Culturally Responsive Music Education for the general music classroom (K-8). Participants will explore curriculum development through a culturally responsive, learner centered lens and engage in hands-on lesson segments in order to deepen their culturally responsive instructional practices.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

10:45-11:45 AM  Just Gender: Creating and Implementing Affirming Spaces at All Levels (Ær Queen)

Learn ways to create an affirming environment for your transgender students, as well as advocate for students at the school and district levels. Participants will interact with real scenarios with particular attention to music and ensemble situations. Learn ways to create change “tomorrow, next week, and in the future

10:45-11:45 AM Creative Composition With Chrome Songmaker (John Beel, Kayleigh White)

Songmaker is a free and easy-to-use, web-based interface for composition. Students of all ability levels can create original music while making connections to theory and history. Learn the deeper applications of Songmaker such as harmonization, collaborative composition, and using musical elements to convey intent. Computers will be available or BYOD.

6:15-7:30 PM  Flourishing In Music Edcuation: Lessons from Positive Psychology (Christian Bernhard)

Music education is a challenging and often stressful profession. Yet many teachers and music majors healthily overcome obstacles and thrive. This session will provide recommendations and resources from the field of positive psychology to improve emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishment, resilience, and hope.


We welcome session proposal submissions for future conferences!  To download a proposal form, click the link below:

Call for Proposals revised 2020

The goals of the CMC are:

  • to promote the importance and value of classroom music in music programs and schools of New York State
  • to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of activities
  • to coordinate and support the efforts and activities of classroom music teachers and students
  • to improve the quality, scope and effectiveness of classroom music instruction.

The CMC meets its goals through activities including…

Exemplary classroom music sessions for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, and High School music teachers at Winter Conference and Summer Conferences

Statewide series of Regional Workshops and other in-service opportunities for teachers on important classroom music topics;

Classroom Music PEAK Festivals and other opportunities for New York State students;

Collaborative work with the State Education Department on initiatives related to standards, assessment, and resources for classroom music instruction.

For further information and assistance, please contact the Chairperson, Kerry Mero, or a member of the Classroom Music Committee.

Classroom Music Committee

What Resources are Available from the CMC?

Remote Music Teaching/Learning Resources

In an effort to provide classroom music teachers with some useful resources for remote music teaching/learning during the COVID-19 crisis, the Classroom Music Committee is compiling a list of links.  Many of these links contain additional resource lists.  This document will be updated as new resources are found, so please check back for the most recent version.  If you have other links to recommend, please email them to

Please click the link below for the document  (updated 10/8/20)

Remote-Music-Teaching-Resources-updated Oct 2020

Our newest publication, NY Sings! A Song List For and By New Yorkers, was published in the April 2016 issue of the School Music News.  Click here to read more about it!



  • Assessment in Classroom Music
  • Classroom Music PEAK Festival Handbook
  • Conference Workshop Proposal Application Form
  • Consultant services- providing clinicians by area of expertise

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