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Welcome to music class! My name is Leonard Madsen, and this is my 14th year teaching music at J.J. Hill Montessori. In my classroom we are singing, saying, dancing and playing. We sing many different kinds of songs that are almost always accompanied by movement. Many times the children are creating movements that go with a song. We also use the natural rhythms of speech and poetry in order to create music and improvise using the voice or other instruments such as: xylophones, drums, recorders and other untuned percussion. I am a fully certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher. This teaching process allows students to play with the elements of music (melody, rhythm, form, etc.) so that they can create their own music. For more information on Orff-Schulwerk, go to the website of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association at www.aosa.org.