Ellen Foncannon Stephenson
Music: New music: instructional music concepts for theory, band, and choral
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Ellen Foncannon Stephenson's choral, keyboard and instrumental works published by Alfred, Lillenas, Pavane and others
have been performed internationally. Her choral signature piece Cold and Fugue Season has sold almost a million copies
and achieved Basic Library status with J.W. Pepper Music. Working closely with Craig Ramsell, the inventor of
Boomwhackers® Tuned Percussion Tubes and founder of Whacky Music, Inc., she developed a full line of educational
products and curriculum for Boomwhackers® Musical Tubes. As the company representative she was the educational
consultant at the National Association of Music Merchants, the International Toy Fair and the National School Supply &
Equipment Association. Studies at Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas prepared her for this life-long
career in the music business and education sectors. She is a popular speaker at music workshops including Colorado,
Nebraska, Indiana and California state conventions and is a faculty member for Inspiration Point Piano Camp near Eureka
After years of classroom and private instruction in Kansas, Arizona and the Washington D.C. area, she is currently
involved in the unique cultural life of Eureka Springs as piano teacher, accompanist for the Ozarks Chorale and organist at
Holiday Island Community Church. She is a member of ASCAP and enjoys all her teaching, performing, accompanying and
1. The Rhythm Games (all ages)
Let's play! Boomwhackers Percussion Tubes, hand drums and bells for rhythm to the max. Interactive games include folk
dance and improvisational moves, relays and interval “sword fights” for unforgettable fun. Using Whack-a Boom! Card
Games and Music Mind Games materials we will internalize steady beats and rhythm patterns. With appropriate notation
we combine these skills to compose our own music. (National Standards: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9)
2. Piano Accompanist Skills Workshop (middle school and up)
Students will learn the skills and shortcuts to accompany ensembles and soloists. Individual or small group instruction
available. For students with intermediate piano skills.
3.Across-the-Curriculum with Boomwhackers Percussion Tubes (adapted to all age groups)
Music Discover rhythm and pitch with hands-on instruments.
Learn music concepts with Whack-a Boom! Cards & Music Mind Games.
Play music literature appropriate to level.
Learn notation and compose songs.
Science Relate tube length to pitch.
Experiment with other materials affecting pitch. (water, internal tubes)
Math Learn music note values.
Make shapes of triangles, rectangles, etc.
Art Make and play designs with a variety of color combinations.
Relate color to tube pitch with the color wheel.
Physical Education Running, tossing, “sword” play and relay activities.
Language Use syllables for rhythm games.
Create word and rhyme verses to play.
Drama: Use the tubes as props in Charades and imaginative play.
- Preferred Age Level: Elementary; Middle/Junior High
- Geographic Availability: Northwest and Western Arkansas
- Time Availability: Open exceptthe month of December
- Special Needs: large space for movement, preferrably carpeted; CD player and adequate sound system for the space; electircal outlets; paper and pencils