Hey Everyone! My name is Matthew Stensrud and I currently teach Elementary Music and Movement with an emphasis on the Orff Schulwerk approach at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC after teaching nine years at public schools in Northern Virginia. Welcome to my website! Here, you can watch mini-lesson videos, read articles and lesson plans, and learn more about teacher education workshops that I offer! So, take a look around!
Matthew has a spirit of joy and playfulness that is contagious. The sequence of his workshop, anchored in the spirit of the Schulwerk strengthened with the tenants of Responsive Classroom, gave teachers many delightful strategies that can be easily implemented to offer our students new ways to learn and grow with creativity. His approach demonstrates respect and dignity for the unique needs of children through play, exploration, and kindness. He offered many opportunities for teachers to learn from our colleagues with integrated moments to share and collaborate. – Dr. Lynda Laird
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I love connecting with fellow music educators and sharing in the joy of music-making and Orff with our students! Make sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook and subscribe to my YouTube so we can stay in touch! There, you can find additional insights into my teaching – from an Orff lesson tip or resource idea, a strategy to consider, a video lesson, a lens into my students and my classroom, and much more! I always enjoy hearing from fellow educators, so reach out via email, text, Facebook, or Instagram and let me know what thoughts you have! By working together, we can better our students as musicians and people for years to come!
Your clinic was awesome today! Thank you so much for presenting and giving me ideas to help save my voice in the classroom. You are also really fun to watch present because you are so graceful in your movements! – Ashlynn Harrison