This summer I have already gotten certified in Orff Level II. I got Level I a few summers ago. Orff is a music education process that uses speech, movement, recorder and barred instruments to teach music to children. The course was two weeks long from 8:30-4:30. We had to compose music for barred instruments making sure to follow certain rules, vocally improvise in the modes, learn and test on the alto recorder, improve soprano recorder playing, teach a movement lesson, write lesson plans using the process, and peer teach. It was very intense! Right now, I'm half way through Kodaly Level II. Kodaly is another process of teaching music to children that focuses a lot on music literacy and the correct sequence. It primarily uses singing. This class is two weeks long from 8:00-5:00. We have to analyze folk songs, prepare concept plans, lesson plans, listening lessons, and a year plan. We had to teach a folk dance and next week will teach a preparation lesson. We also have solfege class where we have to take dictation (write a song's melody and rhythm after hearing), sight sing in solfege, perform ostinati while singing in solfege, and sing and sign in canon. There is also a conducting portion where we have to teach a canon to all of the levels (about 45 people) and then conduct it. That's the part that I am terrified of! I do it on Monday and already feel like throwing up! I can't wait until all of this is done! The courses have been very intense. I think I've lost about 6 lbs so far and shouldn't be wasting time on here today but I have greatly improved my teaching! What are all of you doing this summer to help your teaching?