Thinking Like Machines, Performing Like Humans
South Fayette Elementary School
South Fayette School District
3620 Old Oakdale Road
McDonald, PA 15057-3598
September 15, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Countdown Started, ready to blast off into a new year! Come join us with clinician David Thaxton from Reno, Nevada who will be guiding us through STEAM-inspired Orff activities. As we explore "Thinking Like a Machine, Performing Like a Human," we will be working with structures, games and movement that will energize your classroom while giving your students tools for creating and improvising. Bring your comfortable clothes and an alto recorder if you have one. If you have not got an alto, bring a soprano recorder. We are also looking for anyone who has either a Turbo Encabulator, or a Retro Encabulator (with a pre-calibrated dingle arm, of course). Take your protein pills, and put your helmet on for a fun day of exploration and creation!
David Thaxton is from Sparks, Nevada where is currently in his 23rd year teaching Elementary music to pre-K through 6th grade. After studying bass trombone under Buddy Baker and Jack Robinson at the University of Northern Colorado, he studied the Orff Schulwerk approach under Elizabeth Gilpatrick, Judith Cole and Penny Mahoney at Colorado State University, UNC Greeley and the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received all three levels of Orff Certification, as well as studying under Kay Lehto at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to receive certification as an AOSA approved Levels Course Educator. David teaches Level I pedagogy for the University of Nevada, Reno Summer Orff Course as well as the Orff Level I pedagogy and Level II Recorder for the San Diego Summer Orff Course. David has presented workshops and clinics at local, state and national levels and presents to Orff chapters throughout the country. He has also served as President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of AOSA where he was co-founder of the Sierra Nevada Orff Festival. At the national level, he has served on the Editorial Board of The Echo Journal of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and is currently on the Editorial Board of Reverberations. For the past two years, he has been the Creative Director and Lead Clinician for the Four Corners Young Musicians Summer Camp in Durango, Colorado. David was also recently awarded the “Spotlight Educator Award” for the Winter of 2017 from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM).