Karen Drozd has been an Orff Music specialist at Punahou School in Honolulu since 2009. She teaches general music to grades 2-5, and emphasizes integration and multicultural music. She has published resource books for music educators and books on Samoan, Fijian and Chamorro music, and several iBooks dealing with music theory and multicultural music for children. Prior to coming to Punahou, Karen taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music, music education, and teacher education at the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University. She has a Ph.D. in curriculum studies in Music, M.A. Ethnomusicology, and M.Ed., and B.Ed in elementary music education.
Sessions / ateliers
Strum Fun with the ‘Ukulele
Teaching the ‘ukulele? This session offers some tips and techniques for teachers starting at the basic level with easy chords that will get children playing as soon as possible. For those more seasoned players, we will move on to more advanced chords, strumming techniques and picking patterns. Guaranteed fun for all!
Pacific and Asian Music for Children
Music and dance shape and reflect culture, making them ideal mediums for educators from many disciplines. In Pacific Island and Asian cultures, the expressive abilities of the arts are used to communicate and teach cultural ideas and values. This workshop features songs and movement/dances that demonstrate how values are disseminated through oral transmission and through the performing arts.