Whether it be Zoom sessions, asynchronous videos, or social distanced music in the classroom, the possibilities of play can still be present in our teaching. Utilizing the tools of non-verbal communication, found sounds and props, and reimagining folk dance and creative movement, we can still build community and ensure creativity is at the forefront of our learning. Come join me for a morning full of practical and playful ideas!
Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Elementary Music and Movement Teacher and currently teaches PK-4 music and movement at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement, and teaches Movement Levels in South Carolina and Oregon. Matthew is also on The Orff Echo Editorial Board and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. He is also well-known on social media as @MisterSOrff on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, and offers newsletters through this website www.mistersorff.com and mentoring, lesson plans, and more on his Patreon page.