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

Teaching Melody, it CAN be Fun!

Colorado Hall D/E

Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Amy Abbott is in her 24 th year of teaching elementary music. She received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained her masters in music education with a Kodály emphasis from Colorado State University. She has Kodály certifications from PSU and from CSU. She has presented sessions at the CMEA State Conference, Oregon Arts Alliance State Conference, multiple OAKE conferences and was the featured clinician for the 2021 Texas Music Educators Conference. She has presented all-day workshops for multiple OAKE chapters, and the Amarillo School District. She is also the level 2 pedagogy, folksong and analysis Kodály teacher at Colorado State University. Additionally, she has served on the ROCKE board for over 7 years as President, Secretary and Member-at-Large. In addition to teaching general music at Red Hawk Elementary in Erie she also teaches a 4/5 choir and musical theatre. In the spring of 2013 she was honored with a Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Award. When not teaching she loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter, cross-stitching, working on her Teachers Pay Teachers store and blogging.

Teaching melodic elements is so much more daunting than teaching rhythmic elements. Students must establish a solid foundation of listening skills to be successful when learning about melodic elements. In this session, participants will sing, move, play, and read their way through the preparation and practice of a few melodic elements. How to establish a strong foundation to develop the students’ ears will be discussed. Most importantly, FUN teaching strategies will be demonstrated and experienced to ensure student success.

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