Category Archives: Movement / Dance

Cyndee Giebler workshop 9/17/16

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Saturday, September 17, 2016   9:00a.m.   to 1:00p.m. (8:30 breakfast)

Location: David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center

15000 Bay Vista Boulevard, North Miami, Florida 33181

Cyndee Giebler lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and  completed her master’s degree at the University of St.Thomas in St.Paul, Minn. She completed all three Orff Levels at the University of St. Thomas and has taken master classes with Steve Calantropio and Richard Gill. She has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional , and national converntions. Cyndee teaches Level II at the Uarts/Villanova University Summer Music Masters Program in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom, chorus and elementary strings.

Sing, Dance, Play at our next workshop called “Mining the Volumes”.  Cyndee  will be touching on the many wonderful treasures that  our traditional  MUSIC FOR CHILDREN  volumes contain.  Bring your recorder, and a spirit of adventure as we go mining for musical gems. Your students will love creating master pieces from these music selections that you will bring back to your school.

Cost: $30 for 1 workshop, OR $55 for yearly membership (4 workshops)

Please RSVP to Claudia Lusararian at

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

I saw this idea at

Music a la Abbott: Pumpkin Pumpkin

She has a great lesson that turns this song into a mixer (similar to Bow, wow, wow). She also has listed an extension activity with a “mystery song” and preparing 16th notes.

Do you have any favorite Halloween or Pumpkin songs that you would like to share with us? Please send me an email and I’ll post it!

Movement Song

Here’s a fun little movement song you can do with your little ones! I found it at

Music a la Abbott: My Poor Hand is Shaking

Head over to her blog so you can see more songs and ideas!

Movement Idea

Check out this fun movement idea!

Toss and Talk ball (creative movement)  available on

It’s at Amazon and it’s free shipping if you’re a prime member!

It also looks like something you can make yourself! All you would need is a sharpie and a ball. Maybe your students could help you come up with ideas to add to it!

The Nutcracker

I have a feeling that many of you are using the Holiday Season to talk about The Nutcracker.  I came across the blog below that has some great activities and lessons for sharing The Nutcracker with your students.  If you don’t do this, I suggest that you try to incorporate it into your December curriculum.  It’s an easy way to introduce classical music to the students and it’s relevent to what they are hearing on television, movies, and in stores.  I know the students get excited when they can make “real life” connections to the classics.



Do you have a special way that you like to introduce the dances to your students?

Jingle Bell Dance

If you’re anything like me you’re trying to keep students interested in learning when all they are interested in is being excited for the Holidays.  Why not let them do both!  This is a great activity to do with your students when they need to burn off some energy (and you want to burn off some of those extra holiday cookies that keep appearing in the teacher’s lounge).

I was going to type this all out but I found GREAT directions at

I’ve not done it this exact way.  In their first step, they mention the children walking CCW (counter clock-wise) with their inside hands joined.  That is pretty easy- to make it harder you can have them hold hands and do a heel, toe, heel, toe, CCW slide, slide, slide, slide, and then reverse for the rest of the phrase.

It’s really fun and perfect for that last day before break or when their teacher has dropped them off at music after their Holiday party.