2014 – 2015 Workshops


Saturday, August 23, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Meg Tietz

Playful Process

Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33801

MegTietz2012When people talk about Orff Schulwerk, especially if they are not Orff teachers themselves, the description often centers on the use of the Orff Instrumentarium.  However, as Orff practitioners, we know that these instruments, while delightfully enjoyed by children and adults alike, are only a fraction of what Orff is all about. We know that the truly magical part is really in the process, the playful exploration and discovery that is inherent within the Schulwerk.  In fact, although many of the pieces found in the primary source materials of Orff and Keetman are written for the barred instruments, they are not limited to use in that media alone.  This workshop will explore pieces, poetry, and activities through all four media: singing, saying, dancing, and playing, and through each of the four levels of experience: imitation, exploration, improvisation and creation.

Meg Tietz has taught classroom music in both public and private settings, most recently teaching grades 1-7 at The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland. She holds a masters degree with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. She is an active presenter at local, state, and national music educator workshops and conferences.

 Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Katharine Grace Miller

Clearwater Christian College
3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33759


Katie Grace Miller has been an elementary school music teacher at Bonneville Elementary in Orlando, Florida for ten years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and received her Masters degree in Teacher Leadership with a focus on curriculum development from the University of Central Florida. She teaches an after school program named “Bonneville Bravo” to two separate groups totaling 90 students twice a week. Katie was named Teacher of the Year at Bonneville in 2008. She is also one of the children’s choir directors at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and teaches Musikgarten there during the summer. She has been the featured clinician at Florida Orff chapters and Florida Universities. She has many lessons featured in Activate magazine for music teachers and wrote, “Get to the Point” with her aunt, Artie Almeida.

Katie states about her workshop, “Tired of the same old stuff year after year! Need some quick and easy activities for your students to teach a ton of different musical elements and Standards? You won’t want to miss this clinic! I will be using poetry and children’s books primarily to teach a number of different elements to many different grade levels! Come with energy and enthusiasm!”

Saturday, October 11, 2014
State Orff Workshop
Sponsored by Central Florida Orff
Jo Ella Hug

jo ella hug_origJo Ella Hug is a recently retired teacher from Missoula, Montana. In 38 years of public school teaching, she has taught all ages of students from kindergarten through adults, but her most recent and long-lasting specialty was teaching emerging adolescent learners in middle school. In the summer, she teaches Orff Schulwerk courses at various universities including the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Jo Ella has been included four times in the annual publication of Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. She has presented numerous workshops around the USA and Canada as well as many AOSA National Conference sessions. Jo Ella has been a headliner at the National Conference of Carl Orff Canada in 2000 and 2010; has presented for NAfME All-Northwest and the NAfME 2008 National Conference in Milwaukee. She is Past President of AOSA.

Westbrooke Elementary School
500 Tomyn Boulevard
Ocoee, FL 34761


Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Jeff Henson


Clearwater Christian College
3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33759