Conga Town
Jim Solomon
Music Education Workshops

 

Contact Jim to schedule music teacher education workshops and/or Artist in Residencies in Elementary Schools.

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Welcome to CongaTown!

This is the web home of author and clinician, Jim Solomon. Please use the top links to peruse the various workshops, publication and learning opportunities! If you drum up any questions feel free to contact Jim by clicking, "Contact". 

Upcoming Courses
and Workshops

 

Rhythmic Training and Percussion Ensemble for Elementary/Middle School Teachers, Anderson University

Dates:   June 26-30, 2017 
Location:  Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana
For information, contact:  Joani Brandon, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Level I and II Orff Teacher Education Course, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Dates:  July 17-28, 2017
Location:  Rochester, New York
For information contact:  Dr. Donna Brink Fox, Course Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585-274-1020.  Follow this link to the Eastman Orff Courses: http://summer.esm.rochester.edu/course/orff-schulwerk-teacher-education-course-levels-i-ii/

 

Rhythmic Training and Percussion Ensemble for Elementary/Middle School Teachers and Those Working on a Music Endorsement, Brigham Young University

Dates:   August 7-9, 2017 
Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah
For information, contact:  Cally Flox,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Dixie State University Workshop

Date: August 11, 2017 
Location: St. George, Utah
For information, contact:  Jeri Crosby, Chair for Elementary Arts Education,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

Central Florida Orff Chapter of AOSA Workshop

Date: September 30, 2017 
For information, contact:  Alison Van Swearingen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Philadelphia Area Orff-Schulwerk Association

Date: October 7, 2017 
For information, contact:  Jennifer Sheridan,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Peripole Showcase Sessions, NYSSMA Conference, Rochester, New York

Dates: November 30 - December 2, 2017 
For information, contact:  Dr. Andrew Perry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Peripole Showcase Sessions, GMEA Conference, Athens, Georgia

Dates: January 26-27, 2018 
For information, contact:  Dr. Andrew Perry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Peripole Showcase Sessions, CASMEC Conference, San Jose, California

Dates: February 15-17, 2018 
For information, contact:  Dr. Andrew Perry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

Nevada's Desert-Valley Chapter of AOSA Workshop

Date: February 24, 2018 
For information, contact:  Kateri (Kate) Miller,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Alabama Chapter of AOSA Workshop

Date: March 10, 2018 
For information, contact:  Lesley Vinzant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Meyer Music Workshop, Grand Rapids, MI

Date: April 21, 2018 
For information, contact:  Leslie Deppe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Level I and II Orff Teacher Education Course, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Dates:  July 16-27, 2018
Location:  Rochester, New York
For information contact:  Dr. Donna Brink Fox, Course Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585-274-1020.  Follow this link to the Eastman Orff Courses: http://summer.esm.rochester.edu/course/orff-schulwerk-teacher-education-course-levels-i-ii/


Texas Gulf Coast Orff Association Workshop

Date: August 18, 2018 
For information, contact:  Meg Tietz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Workshops Offered

These workshops focus on Elementary School with optional Middle School content. All materials and activities are “kid-tested” and appropriate for use by teachers with vocal, instrumental and/or movement backgrounds. Several topics can be combined in a day long workshop, i.e., “Singing Games for Primary” with “Percussion Ensemble for Intermediate.” Artist in Residencies are available for one day to one week.  Student demonstrations can be included in workshops whenever requested.

How’d They Learn That?  Process Teaching!

Sing, move, clap, dance, improvise, jam . . . play congas, recorders, Orff instruments . . . perform a great variety of kid-tested pieces . . . then analyze the process utilized in teaching each piece.

Drums, Body Percussion and Recorder!

Rock out on drums, jam with body percussion, and improvise with recorder using a variety of kid-tested pieces.    Learn a dynamic process for teaching beginning rhythm reading to children using the 4 chairs technique.  Experience the Rotating Circle, a powerful percussion/ensemble/improvisation "skill developer."  It's time to jam!

Making Kid Performances Rock!

Check out the recipe.  Add all ingredients.  Sing, dance, move.    Play Orff instruments, recorders, drums, body percussion.  Improvise.  Then let it cook and serve hot!  Participants will analyze the recipe, then perform a variety of pieces for upper elementary.

Focus on the Groove!

Participants perform drum pieces with movement and form, then analyze how to adapt them for classes with different abilities while maintaining their character. 

Percussion Ensemble for 2nd-Middle School

Jam out with age-appropriate ensembles!  Perform with user-friendly instruments: congas/tubanos and other percussion.  Form and improvisation are addressed.

Beginning Conga/Percussion Ensemble for Elementary School

Jump into the jam!  Perform ensembles targeting 3rd-5th grade students not used to playing in ensemble.  Form and improvisation are addressed.

Intermediate Conga/Percussion Ensemble for Elementary School

“Shake and bake” with ensembles for regular classes of 4th grade and older.  Form and improvisation are addressed.

Advanced Conga/Percussion Ensemble for Experienced Elementary & Middle School

Rock out with pieces targeting experienced 5th and Middle School players!  Form and improvisation are addressed.

Recorder Jam

Take kid-tested soprano recorder pieces, add guitar, drum and movement, and mix it into a jam! 

Musicianship through the Orff Approach (Active Music Making Builds Musicianship In Children)

The Random House Dictionary of the English Language defines musicianship as, “Knowledge, skill and artistic sensitivity in performing music.”  The Orff approach to music education gives teachers the means of teaching total musicianship, because it concentrates on development of all three - knowledge, skills and artistic sensitivity - and it does so in a manner appropriate to children.  We also have the significant opportunity to help develop the social cooperation of our students.  Experience a variety of activities chosen to give a taste of different possibilities.  Ensemble is a major component because so much is accomplished through its use.  The possibilities are staggering!

Rhythm and Words

Perform age-appropriate pieces for body percussion and congas/tubanos.  Focus on the essential role of speech to teach rhythm.

Singing Games for Primary

Sing, move and play a fabulous collection of traditional games.

Drum Performances

Examine various elements to include in elementary school drumming performances and perform pieces with congas / tubanos that demonstrate possibilities. 

Pieces for Improvisation

With congas, recorders, and/or Orff instruments.

Play, and Develop Ensemble Teaching Skills

Develop your musicianship and ensemble teaching skills by playing with easy to use exercises and performing with congas/tubanos.

Artist in Residency

One day to one week, focus on age-appropriate percussion ensemble and/or any other topics listed.  

Student Demonstration

Can be included whenever requested.

Publications
About Jim

Author and National Clinician, Jim Solomon is an Instructor of General Music, Chorus, Recorder, and D.R.U.M., a special percussion group for fifth-grade students. He has over 30 years experience teaching music in public elementary schools.

In the summers, Mr. Solomon teaches Level I Orff Certification at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  He teaches Rhythmic Training/Percussion Ensemble for Elementary/Middle School Teachers at George Mason University and Anderson University, and he works with Kindergarten-High School students at the Eagle Arts Camp in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jim has presented workshops to Orff Chapters and MEAs throughout the country and at nineteen American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conferences.  He presented a Master Class in Rhythmic Training at the AOSA National Conference in Omaha.  

Mr. Solomon was National Board Certified in 2002, and has been recognized as an MENC Nationally Registered and Nationally Certified Music Educator.  He has been Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County, Florida.