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Andrew Markle - Teaching Portfolio

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“Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, Involve me, I understand.”
- Carl Orff
With Orff pedagogy, elementary music involves students in so many ways. The following are some of my favourite activities using rhythm, movement, and the voice.
Junior Levels
At the junior level, students are ready to start learning a woodwind or brass instrument. One of the trickiest parts for a beginner is the embouchure. How do we make a good sound?

Here are some embouchure checklists I've created for the beginning wind player.
Secondary Music
Music education gives students the perfect arena to develop important critical thinking skills. Whether with popular music or a Verdi opera, students can learn to form and defend their opinion. They can make artistic and interpretive decisions, and know why and how to do it.
And with all the repertoire that exists, I am always creating and arranging music for my students to enjoy and learn from.
Music Teacher, Terry Fox School, St. Hubert, QC
October 2013 - Present

Music 'Tutor,' Various Schools, Ottawa, ON
February 2013-Present

ESL Instructor, “Karen Learning & Education Opportunities” Summer School, Ottawa, ON
July 2012, July 2013

Native English Teacher, Bupyeong Dong Middle School, Incheon, South Korea
September 2010-December 2011

Teacher, “Little Musicians”, Conservatory of Music, McGill University, Montreal, QC
January 2009 - June 2010

Gym Instructor, Red Leaf Student Programs, Madrid, Spain
July 2009, July 2010

Curriculum Vitae

250-hour TESOL Diploma, OnTESOL.com, through Coventry House International - April 2013

Bachelor of Music, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec - May 2010
Major: Music Education,
Minor: Sociology

Bachelor of Education, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec - May 2010

Professional Development
Field Experience

Westmount High School, Montreal, QC
February 2010 - April 2010
Iulia Tripa, Linda Branston - Supervisors

General Vanier E.S., Montreal, QC October 2008-December 2008
Douglas Rollins, Jason Lipstein - Supervisors

Cedarview Middle School, Ottawa, ON April 2008-May 2008
Sheila Stanley, Linda Laframboise - Supervisors

Leonardo Da Vinci Elementary School, Montreal, QC May 2006
Lynn Jewell - Supervisor
Career Experience
Special Education (Ontario Additional Qualification 2013)

English as a Second Language Camp Training (offered by Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education, 2011)

Music workshops in Body Percussion, “Orff Jazz”, and High School drum lines (2009-2010)

Leadership workshops in Public Speaking, and Conflict Resolution (McGill University Leadership Training Program 2009)
through Faculty of Education, McGill University
The entire class stands while singing the song for the first time. As we repeat the song, I call on each student to sing or speak their name, and to do so creatively (using a high voice, low voice, staccato voice, etc.)

With new classes or students, this can easily allow me to assess rhythmic abilities, confidence, etc.
For elementary rhythmic training, I like to use warm-up exercises which I call my ‘Rhythm Vitamins.’ I clap a phrase, and it is then imitated by the students. While creating a foundation for understanding form, it also helps train students’ memory, attention, and accuracy.

I use 4 levels of body percussion, starting with hands clapping. I then incorporate finger snaps, patting knees, and stamping feet (or patting the ground, if seated.)

Music Education
Curriculum Vitae
English as a Second Language Teaching
It was during my first teaching position in South Korea that I realized teaching ESL was similar to what I had learned in university about teaching music. Whether it be with language or with instruments, it all boils down to forms of communication.

The images in the next frames are from Powerpoint lessons I created for my classes (links available through Dropbox.)
First Day Lesson
Asking the students about the characters from "The Simpsons" was a great review lesson of descriptive adjectives.
My Grade 9 students were very into fashion. So if they were in Canada, would they know what to say, or where to go? A lesson on shopping did the trick.
Here you can see a few photos of my time in Korea, with colleagues and students. At the end of this video, I’ve also added 2 performances from the yearly school festival.

“Perhaps Love” is performed on flute by a very talented Grade 8 student, with myself accompanying on piano. Finally, I’ve added my performance of my arrangement of 2 Korean pop songs, which I played during the same festival.
Letters of Reference
Lisa Lorenzino, Area Chair of Music Education
Linda Branston, McGill Supervisor
Korean Co-Teachers' comments
Mary Lou Carroll, Private Piano Teacher
McGill Student Teaching Evaluations

McGill Field Experience Evaluations
L. Branston Anecdotal Assessment
L. Branston Formative Assessment
J. Lipstein Summative Assessment
S. Incze Summative Assessment
L. Branston Formative Assessment
D. Rollins Formative Assessment
L. Branston Formative Assessment
D. Rollins Formative Assessment
Beginning in elementary school, careful musical instruction is essential, but can be incredibly rewarding for students.

With just our hands, our feet, or our voices, children can create music for themselves, out of themselves. Children have fun and learn, develop and understand that music that is inside.

Andrew Markle

Ontario College of Teachers #636388
Qualifications: Music (Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior Divisions,) Special Education Part 1.

Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, Teaching Brevet #BR178310
Qualifications: Music (Primary, Secondary)

TESOL Diploma, through Coventry House International.
Music Education
In thinking of my educational philosophy, I look back on my own schooling. Whether with private piano lessons or middle school band classes, the excitement I felt has stuck with me to this day. It is with these moments in mind that I approach my classroom teaching.

We all have music inside of us. There is rhythm in our heartbeat, a certain timbre in our voices, and a melody to our words. In my classroom, it all boils down to expression, to musical communication. Sometimes students want to rock, sometimes something a little different. With music as an importance force today in society, it is an important subject for all young students.
Music Lesson Plans
Guitar Lesson Plan
Instrumental Music Lesson Plan
Instrumental Music Lesson Plan
English as a Second Language Lesson Plans
Second Conditional Lesson Plan
Writing a 'Letter of Complaint' Lesson Plan
Authentic Material Lesson Plan
Additional Korea PPTs
Animal Idioms
Giving Directions
Reference Letters
Describing Family
How many times do you hear 'Sir'?
Can we sing this as a duet?
Make every 'Sir' loud, or forte.
Make every 'Sir' soft, or piano.
Created for McGill Secondary School Placement
Created for McGill Secondary School Placement
Created for McGill Secondary School Placement
During the McGill Conservatory 'Little Musicians' end-of-year recital parents came to see their little musicians sing, dance, and have fun with music. The images and video you see are from one of those classes.

At the beginning of this video, you can hear ending of “J’ai perdu le ‘Do’ de ma Clarinette” which I arranged for a movement activity with our classes. Then, we sit by the piano for some listening activities.
We are listening for major and minor chords, which we called our happy and sad chords. Other styles we listened for during the year were diminished chords (our ‘monster’ chord), bass lines (‘walking bass'), and Bach’s Prelude in C major (our ‘lullaby.’)
Media (Elementary School Music)
Little Musicians (2010)
At Terry Fox School, the holiday concert is a great opportunity for students to show their family and friends what they have been working on in music and drama class in the Fall term. In music class, each class prepared 2 songs, one English and one French. With instruments, singing and a little dancing, the show was a great success.
Terry Fox School Holiday Concert (2013)
This is one of my favourite chants for primary grades. With younger students, they can patsch the beat, chant at different tempos or dynamics, etc. With older students, bouncing a ball to the beat works with their spatial skills (time, energy, etc.)
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