Amidons: Creating a Dynamic Learning Community with Traditional Dance, Song and Storytelling

October 5, 6 from 5-9pm & 7 from8:30am-4:30pm
Central Lutheran Church 1420 Cordova St, 99501. Parking on the 15th ave.

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon's teacher workshop focuses on the community building power of traditional dance, song and storytelling in the schools.  They will teach some great traditional dances and singing games for children while sharing dance-teaching tips and discussing how to make dance a positive and integral part of school life.  They will demonstrate enriching picture books with singing, storytelling, drama and background music.  The Amidons will tell at least one folktale and discuss and demonstrate how to use storytelling as a powerful teaching tool.  They will share some of their favorite songs while discussing starting and sustaining an all-school sing.  This is a great workshop for elementary school music teachers as well as physical education, art and classroom teachers.

The dancing and singing was delightful, but what I really appreciated was your detail toward the musicality of what you taught. It was never “just” singing or “just” dancing. Each element had a purpose and direction to it.

Kevin L. Droe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Northern Iowa

1 Credit opportunity through UAA for additional fee. Registration for credit will occur on the first day of the workshop
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General Pricing
$130 AK Orff Chapter Members (check current membership list)
$170 non-members
$15 discount early registration by Saturday, September 16th ($115 member, $155 non-member)

Student/Retired Pricing (membership required)
$75 Early registration by Saturday, September 16th
$90 Regular registration after Sept. 16th
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$25 Coupon for first-time workshop attendees


Peter and Mary Alice Amidon  are versatile and widely respected as performers and educators who have dedicated their careers as artists to traditional song, dance, and storytelling. They are equally at home performing a concert of stories and songs, calling a community dance, leading choral singing, and leading workshops of dancing, singing, and storytelling to children and teachers. They are in demand throughout the United States as clinicians leading Orff and Kodaly music teacher workshops, and have been headliners at several AOSA and OAKE national conferences and are honored to be members of the AOSA Advocacy Council. They are founding members of New England Dancing Masters, publishers of dance materials for children which are used by thousands of elementary school music teachers. The Amidons' choral arrangements for adults and children are being sung by choruses throughout the United States and the UK. The Amidons are both former elementary school music teachers.