Willard Elementary

Willard Elementary hosts singers workshop

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Wyoming chapter presents Patricia Bourne of Bothell, Wash., who will conduct a workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29, at Willard Elementary School. It is open to all educators, including non-music teachers and teachers outside of Natrona County. The cost is $50 for AOSA members, $70 for non-members and $10 for college students. University of Wyoming credit is available. Pre-registration is due by Oct. 15. Checks are not cashed until after the workshop. On-site registration will cost an additional $10.

The workshop will include a variety of activities that guide young singers toward confident and enjoyable vocal experiences. In addition to choral repertoire and song materials for the K-6 classroom, the workshop will focus on rehearsal techniques for the upper-elementary chorus, bringing the boys on board, application of brain-based teaching/learning and tips for maintaining the teacher’s vocal health throughout the instructional year. It will benefit all levels of teachers who use any kind of singing in their classrooms.

Bourne currently teaches K-6 general music at Canyon Creek in a suburb of Seattle. In addition to her daily schedule, she leads two after-school groups: a fifth/sixth- grade chorus and a sixth-grade marimba ensemble. A veteran music educator of 29 years, Bourne has taught all levels, from preschool through university graduates, in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona and Washington. She presents workshops throughout the country on a variety of topics and serves as guest conductor and adjudicator in multiple states, as well. Heritage Music Press (Dayton, Ohio) recently published two books by Bourne: "Inside the Music Classroom: Teaching the Art with Heart" (2007), and "Inside the Elementary Chorus: Instructional Techniques for the Non-Select Children’s Chorus" (2009). She is a contributor to “Activate!” magazine, a bimonthly magazine specifically designed for general music teachers, and serves on the teaching staff of World Music Drumming (Will Schmid, founder).