The Orff Approach to Teaching Jazz to All Ages

With Doug Goodkin
July 17 – 21, 2023, San Francisco, CA


Now in its 35th year, this groundbreaking course will include current breakthroughs in social justice education alongside the tried-and-true material and processes for making jazz accessible to children of all ages. The course includes:

    • Games and roots music that give children the foundation for jazz style.
    • Speech, movement and body percussion activities.
    • Beginning jazz for Orff ensemble playable by elementary school children.
    • Select blues, jazz standards, jazz compositions, ragtime and Latin jazz arranged for upper elementary and middle school students.
    • Essential jazz theory and improvisation.
    • Beginning jazz history with a social justice perspective.
    • Musical sharing at The Jewish Home for the Aged, select guest artists and optional jazz field trips top clubs.

Required Materials:

    • Now’s the Time: Teaching Jazz to All Ages- Doug Goodkin (Pentatonic Press)
    • All Blues: Jazz for the Orff Ensemble- Doug Goodkin (Pentatonic Press)

Suggested Materials:

    • Step It Down: Bessie Jones & Bess Lomax Hawes
    • Boom Chick a Boom (CD): Doug Goodkin & the Pentatonics
    • Jazz, Joy & Justice: The Stories Every American Should Know – Doug Goodkin

Cost : $675.00 (no credit), $785.00 (2 Continuing Education Credits)

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