Music Teacher Workshops
October 19, 2020
Mary Alice and I have decided to retire from leading any further music teacher workshops; we find we don’t have the stamina for the travel, setting up and workshop leading that we once had. We are grateful to all of the organizations who have hired us to lead workshops and teach at conferences over the years.
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon
Here is our literature from our past workshop-leading.
Creating a Dynamic Learning Community
With Traditional Dance, Song and Storytelling
I can’t thank you enough for the wealth of ideas you presented in Portland at the Kodaly workshop. I bought all your books and CDs and
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 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. The Amidons hope that this workshop will help music teachers transform their schools into singing and dancing communities.
Harmony singing can be a wonderful addition to this workshop.
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artists who for the past twenty years have dedicated themselves to traditional song, dance and storytelling. The Amidons are equally at home doing a concert of stories and songs for adults or children; calling a contra dance for adults or a community dance for all ages; leading harmony singing workshops with adults; or doing an elementary school residency or a teacher workshop of singing, storytelling and traditional dance. The Amidons have been headliners at both the National OAKE and Orff Schulwerk Conferences, as well as many regional Orff and Kodaly weekend workshops. They are familiar faces at the major northeast U.S. music and dance festivals and at summer folk camps of traditional dance and song. They have performed concerts and led residencies in hundreds of schools.
Thousands of teachers and parents have shared the Amidons’ music through their albums of songs for all ages. And thousands of educators and community dance leaders have led children and adults in traditional American and English dances and singing games gleaned from the books, recordings and DVD produced by New England Dancing Masters Productions: Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, Andy Davis and Mary Cay Brass.
What They’re Saying
I learned so many little things from your workshop that that I began to feel more confident about using more of the dances. Since last November’s sessions my kids are going crazy with dancing. I can’t keep them down. I just wanted you to know what a difference you are making in lives all over the place!
-Beth Basham, music specialist, Bend, Oregon
It was an absolutely perfect workshop. We loved everything you did. Your voices are wonderful and strong, your timing was great, your selection was terrific, and you completely enthralled the group.
-Marilyn Sousa, Kodaly Association of Southern California
Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation at our recent GRAOSA workshop. Your energy and flawless pedagogy made for a very enjoyable day. You are both master teachers!
-Kathy Sullivan, Secretary, Greater Rochester NY AOSA
(The Amidons’) session with traditional dance, storytelling and community singing was outstanding. Members stayed to the very last minute and then simply stood and applauded for several minutes.
-Nancy W. Reycraft, President-Long Island Orff (music teachers’) Association
For More Information Contact
Peter or Mary Alice Amidon
20 Willow Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301