I am thrilled to be serving as the children’s choir/elementary repertoire and standards chair.  My name is Tanya Rosenkranz and I am in my 18th year of teaching general music at Indian Creek Elementary in the Linn-Mar School District in Marion.  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in music education from Luther College and a Masters of Music from the University of Northern Iowa.  In addition to directing a choir of fourth and fifth graders at school, I am also the Children’s Choir director at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. 

I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas for an upcoming elementary workshop.  Elementary students inspire me daily with their enthusiasm and emerging musicality.  I truly believe we have the best job in the world!

“To singing and to music, to joyful friendship true; to moments filled with happiness, refreshing each day anew.  From valleys and from hilltops, from sea to shining sea, let earth resound with music and life the richer be.”  -- Betty Bertaux To Music

Tanya Rosenkranz
Childrens Choirs R&S Chair

Childrens and Youth Choirs/Elementary and Middle School Music Events 2014-15


October 18

Iowa Core Companion, New National Standards, Favorite Music II and Picture Books
Iowa Choral Director’s Association is excited to announce a one-day children’s and youth
choir/elementary workshop
Novak Elementary, 401 29th Ave, Marion, IA
Presenter: Tim Purdum (see below for bio)
Registration deadline is October 11, 2014,
$35 for ICDA members and $40 for non-members, $10 for college students
Bring your checks payable to: ICDA, Inc.
Adobe PDF File Registration

8:30 Registration
9:00 Tim Purdum - session 1
10:00 break
10:15 Tim Purdum - session 2
11:30 Lunch (included in registration fee)
12:30 Repertoire sharing between workshops participants - please bring two pieces (one Christmas and one general) that work well in an elementary or youth chorus. Be ready to share why it works or a rehearsal plan with a small group.
2:00 Picture books in the General Music Room - Tanya Rosenkranz and Jenn Walker will both share a handful of picture books and activities they use in their general music classrooms. Please bring one or two books of your own to share!


TIM PURDUM is the K-5 Music Specialist at Highland Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa. He is an Orff Schulwerk Certified Teacher Trainer for the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and teaches Pedagogy to Level One Orff Schulwerk students at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. Tim is also certified in Early/Middle Childhood Music by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and has been actively involved in Iowa Core Curriculum writing committees and the First Iowa Orff chapter.

Tim is the owner of Cedar River Music, which organizes a local summer music camp in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and publishes the Creative Sequence series of music education resources. Tim presents workshops at the local, state, and national levels, including the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA). He has authored two books, Creative Sequence: Teaching Music with Flexibility and Organization and Xylophone and Other Barred Percussion.