2013 – 2014 Workshops

Saturday, August 24, 2013
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Karen Medley

The Journey Is the Destination:
Kid-Tested Activities for the Orff classroom

Clearwater Christian College Gym
3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater
Registration & Refreshments at 8:30 am

Karen Medley

Presenter at more than a dozen AOSA National Conferences, Karen has taught many workshops, in-services and teacher education courses across the United States, including workshops in Oahu and Maui. Currently, Karen teaches summer teacher education programs through the University of Alaska (Anchorage) and the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY). Karen has taught many courses and workshops introducing classroom and preschool teachers to Orff Schulwerk. In 1993 and again in 1995 she was a guest lecturer in New Zealand, presenting courses and workshops through the Teacher’s College of Auckland University and throughout the country.

Come spend the day singing, playing, moving, creating and speaking together as we explore kid-tested lessons! Songs, games, stories, poetry, dances, and drumming foster a sense of play and community for younger children, create a sense of adventure for middle grades children and challenge and celebrate older children. Are you looking for ways to involve your children in creative music making?   Come play!!

What to Wear: comfortable clothing. What to Bring: Goodies to share for refreshments, recorder, note taking materials and Cash or your Checkbook for Raffle tickets and West Music store.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Brian Hiller & Don Dupont

From Imitation to Improvisation;
Orff Pedagogy in Today’s Music Classroom

School of Music
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., MUS 101
Tampa, FL 33620

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Registration & Refreshments at 8:30 am

Brian Hiller

Brian Hiller

Don Dupont

Don Dupont

Imitation, Exploration, Literacy and Improvisation are the building blocks with which students acquire musical skills and concepts. These learning stages weave together to develop knowledge and musicianship. This workshop will provide many thoughtful and engaging lessons and activities which will enhance your curricular goals while promoting student musical understanding and expression. Original and folk material will be presented as well as pieces from the Volumes.

BRIAN HILLER and DON DUPONT are elementary music specialists in Westchester County, NY, and are both professors at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island. They have completed their Orff Schulwerk certification as well as the Master Class.  Mr. Dupont and Mr. Hiller present workshops at both the national and state levels as well as for Orff Schulwerk chapters throughout the country. They are both levels instructors at the Orff Schulwerk teacher education program at Hofstra University.

Mr. Dupont holds a B.F.A. in Voice from the State University of New York College at Purchase and an M.S. degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. Mr. Hiller holds a B.S. degree in Education from the State University of New York College at Oswego and an M.A. in Education from Manhattanville College. He holds dual certifications in elementary and music education.

Don and Brian are co-authors of eight publications, It’s Elemental; Lessons That Engage; It’s Elemental 2; More Lessons that Engage; Earth, Water, Fire, Air; A Suite for Voices, Narrator and Orff Instruments; Make a Joyful Sound (Memphis Musicraft Publications); Too Much Noise; Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, Sing a Song of Aesop and What to Teach When: Creating a Thoughtful, Engaging Music Curriculum (Heritage Music Press). They are also frequent contributors to Activate! Magazine.

What to Wear: comfortable clothing. What to Bring: Goodies to share for refreshments, recorder, note taking materials and Cash or your Checkbook for Raffle tickets and West Music store.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
State Orff Workshop
Connie Van Engen

Westbrooke Elementary School
500 Tomyn Blvd.
Ocoee, FL 34761

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9:00 a.m. Registration/Refreshments


Connie Van EngenConnie Van Engen is the music specialist at Bell Prairie Elementary in the North Kansas City school district.  She also directs “Jubilant Song,” a children’s worship ensemble. Connie has an M.A. in music education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  She received her Orff certification from Hamline University, and her Orff apprenticeship at George Mason University.  An award-winning teacher, Connie has taught Orff Schulwerk pedagogy and movement at Orff courses in the Midwest.

WHAT TO BRING: Dress comfortably, bring a soprano recorder. West Music materials will be on sale, so bring your checkbook.
Information and Registration available at Central Florida Orff

Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meg Tietz

Playful Process

Location: TBA

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.



March or May 2014 Chapter Sharing
Location: TBA