YOSAL Teachers Training at Summer Orff Course

To continuously improve the teaching and music skills of the YOSAL staff, the Board sent seven of its Teaching Artists to the San Francisco International Orff Course, late this summer. Orff-Schulwerk, or Orff “school work,” is a highly engaging approach to music education, using song, dance, movement, rhythm, speech, and drama, all centered around children’s play. This process of teaching music to children was created by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman in the 1920s, and can be adapted and used to teach music to children, teens, and adults of all ages. This two week course, originally held […]

YOSAL’s 2015 Summer Program

YOSAL successfully produced an exciting Summer program. Conducted at Kammann Elementary School for six weeks culminating in a final concert that was completed with a family BBQ for 125 Salinas students, graciously served by our wonderful YOSAL board members. The program highlighted the many colors of “American” music. Dr. Asmar Samra, Monterey Symphony musicologist and guest speaker, presented the students with a context for their summer efforts delving into the many timbres of the American music genre. They learned that whether listening to the jazz of Louis Armstrong or the Symphonic music of Aaron Copland, the cumulative body of music in […]