February 13th, 2021: Michael Chandler
"Two of a Kind: Using the Paired Skills From Orff & Keetman's 'Music for Children' Volume I"
About our Presenter
Michael Chandler is an Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Dr. Chandler taught music and movement to elementary children in Texas public schools for 16 years, most of them in the Lewisville Independent School District, where he was named Teacher of the Year at two campuses. In 2013, 2007, and 2005 his student ensembles performed by invitation at the annual TMEA Convention in San Antonio. Dr. Chandler has presented conference sessions and workshops in 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Australia, including for numerous state MEA organizations. He currently teaches in AOSA-approved Orff Schulwerk teacher education courses at Southern Methodist University, the University of Memphis, and the San Francisco International Orff Course. He is a past-president of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and served as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. Dr. Chandler was a collaborative pianist for the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) for 10 years and the organist and pianist at Round Grove United Church (UCC) in Lewisville for 17 years. He is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday!, an Orff Schulwerk approach to integrating recorder into the general music classroom. His publications have also been featured in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, The Orff Echo, and The Southwestern Musician. Dr. Chandler earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee; the Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; the Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from the University of North Texas.
About this Workshop
The two outer sections of Music for Children Volume I contain many song arrangements and
instrumental pieces that Orff teachers have loved and taught to students again and again. Less
familiar to some is the material in the middle section titled “Rhythmic and melodic exercises.”
These pages contain a wealth of musical material that can unlock children’s creativity while
developing musical skills and concepts, and they represent the core of the Schulwerk. It was Orff
and Keetman’s intention that teachers continue using this material even as the children work into
the later volumes of MFC. Participants in this workshop will experience the paired skills in Part
II of Volume I through singing, speech, instruments, and movement while reinforcing the
elements of music and exploring ways to feature the students’ own musical material in