It was a great pleasure to participate at the workshops, held by Michel Widmer. At the end we also recorded a short interview.
There were plenty of useful information available. What I found best were approaches how to use boomwhackers (great activities can be found in his book - see below) in groups and ideas how to make instruments yourself. If you are a music teacher, you have to be a 'sounds collector' also. We always get some new instruments on our travels. However, it is really not too difficult to make some instruments on your own.
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We have participated at the Orff summer school in Salzburg between 5th and 12th July. It was a wonderful experience. The whole city of Salzburg is devoted to music - Mozart is present everywhere.
The summer school was very fulfilling - a lot of new ideas and a lot of new friends from around the world.
Orff Schulwerk fits very well with what we do and teach. Everyone is able to participate in making music and enjoy in the process.
Some movies really show very well how important is the music education for kids and what is the best way to do it.
My personal favorite is the evergreen Sound of Music
The Sound of Music movie is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It is a beautiful story about the influence of music to the education and development of children (and sometimes adults, too).
I also loved the movie Music of the heart. It shows what a good music teacher is all about and how important is a good teacher to children.
The movie Mr. Holland's Opus shows how much satisfaction can a teacher get, even if he doesn't expect it.
Martin. with quite some experience in music and music education for children