Student Voices

Celebrating the Music and Culture of Your School's Families

with Christa Jones

Connect your students’ home and school musical traditions and encourage family involvement by conducting a folk song collection in your own music classroom!

Christa Jones shares her experience with conducting a school-wide folk song collection and creating a school songbook that celebrates her students’ various backgrounds and musical traditions. Students and music educators alike benefit from a culturally responsive classroom environment that affirms students’ backgrounds and links students’ home and school communities. Learn how to conduct a song collection at your own school, explore issues of cultural responsiveness, and discuss how to respectfully integrate music of student cultures into the Orff Schulwerk music classroom.

Practical consideration will be given to online and in-person collection methods and teaching strategies to support teachers and students in the COVID-19 world. Participants will leave this session with a toolbox of songs and games from the United States and around the world!

Participants will receive:

• Handouts with extensive “Step-by-Step Songbook” guide to conducting a school song collection and respectfully integrating music of student cultures into your curriculum
• Digital songbook with 78 songs, games, and fingerplays from around the world
• Google Slides presentation with ready-to-use lessons for the virtual or in-person music classroom!

All registrants will be provided access to a recording of the workshop so that you can watch live or as your schedule allows.

Certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.You will be given access the workshop recording and downloadable materials from their presentation.

A certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


Christa Jones

Christa Jones teaches General Music at Concord West Side Elementary School in Elkhart, Indiana. She has presented at state conferences and workshops in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wisconsin and just spoke at the NAfME Virtual Conference in February 2021. She completed her Master of Music Education degree and all three levels of Orff Schulwerk teacher education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. Ms. Jones serves on the boards of the Indiana Music Educators Association and Indiana Orff Schulwerk Association. She is co-editor of INform Magazine, Indiana MEA’s professional journal.


At her school, she is the Team Leader for the student academic and behavior Strategies Team and Chairperson for "Anne's Kits for Kids", an after-school educational workshop series for kindergarten students and their caregivers. In her community, she teaches Music Together family classes through the Goshen College Community School of the Arts and is a member of the Goshen-based treble choir, Notable Women.


She is passionate about bringing the highest-quality music education to her students and is committed to providing a positive, engaging classroom environment where students can grow personally and musically. She facilitates exciting hands-on lessons, integrates traditional folk music from many different cultures, and works to inspire students to become strong and confident individuals through the avenue of music education. Ms. Jones is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Indiana Orff-Schulwerk Association (IOSA), and the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).

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All registrants will receive access to the recording of the workshop along with downloadable materials.

Certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


"I've been dying to do a project like this and she makes it seem so accessible."

Casey G.
Music Educator

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