My name is Mrs. Harrod and I have been the music teacher at Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary since 2002. Before then, I taught music for 5 years at Yates Elementary in Lexington. I am currently the choir director for the award-winning Danville Children's Choir in Danville, Kentucky. This is an amazing community choral program for students in 1st-12th grade. I am so honored to be a part of it!
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Asbury University, my Masters of Music Education from the University of Kentucky, and received my Orff-Schulwerk certification also from the University of Kentucky.
I LOVE teaching, I LOVE my students, and I LOVE the faculty and staff I work with here at Rosenwald Dunbar. I am really excited about the 2016-2017 school year and things we are going to learn and create in the music classroom this year!
I use the Orff Schulwerk approach in my classroom.
Orff Schulwerk music and movement pedagogy contributes to development of the individual far beyond specific skills and understandings in the arts. These skills and procedures have a wider application and value in several areas:
- Intellectual: The critical-thinking and problem-solving tasks involved in Orff Schulwerk call upon both linear and intuitive intellectual capacities. The carrying out of creative ideas calls upon organizational abilities as well as artistic knowledge and skill.
- Social: Orff Schulwerk is a group model, requiring the cooperative interaction of everyone involved, including the instructor. It is important that artistic development occurs within a satisfying and supportive human environment. Tolerance, helpfulness, patience, and other cooperative attitudes must be cultivated consciously. The ensemble setting requires sensitivity to the total group and awareness of the role of each individual within it. Problem solving, improvisation, and the group composing process provide opportunities for developing leadership.
- Emotional: The artistic media involved—music and movement—provide the individual with avenues for non-verbal expression of emotions. The exploratory and improvisatory activities can provide a focus for emotions, a means for release of tension and frustration, and a vehicle for the enhancement of self-esteem.
- Aesthetic: As knowledge of and skills in music and movement grow, students will have opportunities to develop standards of what is considered “good” within the styles being explored.
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