Tri-Chapter Workshop: DOUG GOODKIN Orff Through the Ages
On Saturday, January 28th, I attended an inspiring workshop given by noted Orff educator Doug Goodkin. Goodkin took the attendees on a musical journey from early childhood, with games such as “One Potato” and “Johnny Whoops”, all the way up to middle school level music-making activities. He also demonstrated ways the extend an activity and keep it alive. For example, with “One Potato”, once the students have done the “fist over fist” version, they can try their own versions. This is great for partner work, keeping the beat and more. Goodkin tied it up by connecting it to the blues with the workshop attendees singing, “Weeeeeee…..love potatos. We eat them everyday,” etc. These past two weeks, I have very successfully used his version of “One Potato…” with 1st through 3rd grade, a 1st grade special education class, and as a warm-up with the school chorus. Goodkin’s workshop had many other great ideas, which I’ll be sharing in an upcoming issue of KONY News, the newsletter for the Kodaly Organization of New York.