2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

AESco: Manipulative Madness! Creativity in the Music Classroom

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Colorado Hall A/B

Oren Logan
Olander School for Project-Based Learning, Music Teacher

Oren Logan is an Elementary Music Teacher at Olander School for Project-Based Learning in Fort Collins, CO. Since graduating in Fall 2017 from Colorado State University in Music Education, he has worked with students in grades K-8. He is currently in his 4th year of elementary public school teaching and is a saxophonist on the side. Oren is certified in Eurhythmics through the American Eurhythmics Society (AES) and primarily uses this Dalcroze teaching approach with his classes. Oren has presented on Eurhythmics at the Colorado Music Education Association (CMEA) conference in Colorado Springs in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and has also presented for AESco Workshops

Gregory Marxen
Aspen View Academy K-8 Charter School, General Music Teacher

Gregory Marxen is the elementary general music teacher at Aspen View Academy K-8 Charter School in Castle Rock, CO. Gregory graduated from Colorado State University in 2016. He holds a certification in Eurhythmics from the American Eurhythmic Society (AES) and serves as President on the AES Colorado Board. He has presented at CMEA in 2016 and 2019 as well as AESco Workshops. Gregory has travelled to Columbus, Ohio and Austin, Texas to study and present Eurhythmics. In his fifth year of teaching, he has been studying the Dalcroze approach for seven years.


Do you need ways to inspire creativity and social interaction in your music class? Get ready to move, bounce, wave, and pull as we explore musical concepts using manipulatives such as scarves, tennis balls, elastics, dowels, and more! Certified Eurhythmics teachers Oren Logan and Gregory Marxen will lead in this active session inspired by the teachings of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.

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