Thom Borden Bio

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The South Florida Orff Chapter presents a workshop featuring

Thom Borden

Thom Borden has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.A. in Education.  He completed Orff Levels at UNLV and an Orff Master Level at the University of Memphis under Jos Wytac.  He studied music and movement in Europe.  Further studies include Kodàly training from Colorado State University and completing his certification at Silver Lake College with Sr. Lorna Zemke. .  He is past-president of the Chicago Orff Chapter and has presented at numerous AOSA and OAKE Conferences in the US as well as in Australia, Asia and Canada, and presents at chapters across the country each year.  He spoke at the 2008 and 2010 International Early Music and Music Conference and served on the International Early Childhood Music and Movement Board of Directors.  Currently teaching PreK-5 in Las Vegas, Thom serves as chair of the AOSA Diversity Committee.  Thom published Orff arrangements in the McGraw-Hill series, Spotlight on Music™ and has published several books on using manipulatives in the music classroom and using children’s literature to address music concepts and skills.pastedGraphic_2.pdf

“Treasures of Literacy:  Using Children’s Literature to Address Music Concepts”

Music teachers use a variety of children’s literature titles and poems in their classrooms on a regular basis.  This session explores many varied ways that concepts can be taught through the use of favorite titles and familiar poems.  Singing games and play-parties, along with movement and folk dances, are just a few of the experiences that will be shared in this session that looks at the rigor of the pedagogy and the scope and sequence of the content.  Bring along your soprano recorder and a hand drum — and grab a friend or two — as we sing a story and play a poem.

David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center

15000 Bay Vista Boulevard

North Miami, FL 33181


Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (8:30 for coffee)

Directions: DLK8 is located just off Biscayne Boulevard.  Go east on 151st St.  As you go around the bend you will see the school on your right.  If coming from the north, take exit 16, Ives Dairy Road from I95.  Dade teachers: Look for registration for MPP on the menu and registration system.

Cost: Free for Members, $30 for non-members

Please RSVP to Liese A. Connell at southfloridaorff@gmail.com

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