Past Workshops/Photos

Updated: September 10, 2022

Charissa Duncanson

Creating Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors through Children’s Literature

September 10, 2022, 9:00am–1:00pm EST 

4 PD hours

University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts, 465 Rose Street

Room 107 (off the main lobby), Lexington, KY 40506

IMG_8050 3 Charissa Duncanson (kuh- rih-suh dung-kin-sen) has taught general music to grades ranging from K–8 in the Metro Detroit Area since 2014. As a sought-out clinician for music education, she has presented locally and internationally. Charissa has served on multiple boards for music education associations including MMEA Michigan local affiliate of NAfME, Detroit Orff Schulwerk Association, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Charissa and her husband are enjoying being new parents to their sweet baby that arrived at the end of summer 2021.

Chapter Share and KOSA 40th Anniversary Celebration

Presenters: Melissa Marotta and Martina Vasil

April 30, 2022

9:30am–2pm EST (30 min snack/lunch)

4 PD hours

Bridgeport Elementary School

10 Doctors Dr, Frankfort, KY 40601

In this workshop, we will have one to two presenters in the morning, then will have lunch and celebrate KOSA’s 40th Anniversary with cupcakes, a silent auction, and a jam session!

Dr. Lorelei Batislaong

Elemental Ukulele: Applications and Context for the Music Classroom

March 12, 2022  Cancelled due to weather/rescheduled for 2023

Jeshima Lewis

Innovations in Orff Schulwerk

Take a journey with Jeshima Lewis as they share their unique methods of incorporating the Schulwerk into their classroom. Participants will learn how to facilitate a drum circle, create popular music arrangements, use nature as an element for creation, and embody the Orff process as a blueprint for life. Please bring a smart device to the workshop.

October 23, 2021

9:30am–2pm EST (30 min snack/lunch)

4 PD hours

University of Louisville, Room 263

105 W Brandeis Ave., Louisville, KY 40208

*You can park in the lot west of the music building

Jeshima Lewis is passionate about music education and strengthening community through Community Drum Circles. A music educator for 24 years, they are currently the Music Specialist at Bloom Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, Jeshima is the CEO and Percussion Instructor at DrumSmart LLC where they maintain an active percussion studio, share music presentations across the world, and travel the United States providing drumming workshops for kids in Children’s Homes. Mx. Lewis is a published author and the host of the Power of Percussion Podcast, which explores the many facets of how percussion can be used to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Jeshima received their Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University, a Masters in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University, and an administration certificate from the University of Louisville. They received their Orff-Schulwerk Level 1, 2, 3, and curriculum training at the University of Kentucky and are trained as a Village Music Circles, Remo Health Rhythms, and Beat The Odds Drum Circle Facilitator. They also hold a World Music Drumming Level 1 certificate. Mx. Lewis is currently pursuing their PhD in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. Their research interest is in the area of mindfulness and group drumming. Please follow Mx. Lewis on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook at DrumSmart LLC.

Aimee Curtis Pfitzner

Playful Possibilities

Active music making, diverse and inclusive children’s literature, songs, games, and dances? YES! Get ready for this fun-filled and engaging time together celebrating the many ways we make music creative, meaningful, and music-filled. A plethora of playful possibilities await whether you are singing, speaking, playing instruments or using only body percussion, virtual, hybrid, face to face or all at the same time. Come celebrate and play TOGETHER! Click HERE to see Aimee’s books.

September 18, 2021

9:00am–1:30pm EST (with a 30 min snack/lunch) *please note the earlier time

4 PD hours

University of Kentucky, Singletary Rehearsal Room 

405 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40508

Metered parking and street parking is free on weekends. Read the signs carefully if you park in E-Lots. Some of the E-Lots are free to park in on weekends, but others are monitored 24/7. pfitzner-aimee-1 Aimee Curtis Pfitzner has been the Lower School Music Director at Cannon School in Concord for 23 years and has taught music for 27 years. She holds a Masters of Music degree from UNC-Greensboro and completed Level I Orff-Schulwerk Training at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, Levels II and III at UNLV, and Master’s Level at the University of Memphis. Aimee is a frequent presenter at music workshops and conferences in the US and Canada. Her books, Hands to HandsHands to Hands Too, Painted Music, Sing a Song, Play a Game, and Playful Possibilities are available from Beatin’ Path Publications. She is passionate about music making, gardening, adoption, and anything and everything creative; painting, zendoodling, digital scrapbooking, making jewelry, writing music, crafting, and sewing. When not teaching or writing music, singing, or creating, she can be found musically musing on her blog,

“SEL & the Power of Creative Movement” with Joan Eckroth-Riley

March 20, 2021

10:00am–11:30amEST, Online

If you are a member and were unable to attend this workshop synchronously, please fill out this form: As music teachers we have long known the power that music has for our students’ social emotional welfare.  During the pandemic it has become even more important that we care for the social emotional needs of our students. This workshop will focus on basic body movement patterns that aid in organizing the brain and body to help students develop happier bodies and align their brain patterns to create a more stable emotional state.  Come move and play with creative movement activities that will help children to create collaborative movement projects that help build self confidence, creativity, and self regulation. Joan Prof Pic For over 35 years Joan Eckroth-Riley has been sharing her passion for music education with students ranging in age from kindergarten through adults. She currently teaches Music Education at Murray State University in KY. Joan is the author of “Everyday Improvisation” & “EveryDay Composition” published by Alfred, and is a contributing author to “Kaleidoscope,” lessons on the Music Standards sponsored by NAfME. In addition, Joan frequently presents workshops on the Standards, is a certified recorder and movement instructor for Orff Schulwerk courses, and serves as a clinician for JW Pepper & Alfred Music. Joan holds an MA in Music Education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She is currently President of Quad State Orff Schulwerk, and a Past-President of the North Dakota Music Educators Association and Prairie Winds Orff. Joan was honored to be named the 2016 ND Music Educator of the Year. ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Chapter Share with Hannah Gibson, Hannah Johnston, Melissa Little, Denise Washington and Jade Zilisch

January 23, 2021

1:00pm–2:15pm EST Online

Register here:

If you are a member and were unable to attend this workshop synchronously, please fill out this form: ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Chapter Share* 

November 7, 2020 

10:00am–11:15am EST

If you were unable to attend the workshop, please complete this form to gain access to the recording and professional development credit. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

“Elemental Drama: Using Theatre in the Music Classroom ” with Sarah Richardson

October 17, 2020 

11:00am–12:15pm EST, Online

If you were unable to attend the workshop, please complete this form to gain access to the recording of Sarah Richardson’s workshop, her slide presentation, her workshop notes, and professional development credit. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

FREE: Watch Party

September 26, 2020

Time TBA, Online

No membership fee required to attend

Canceled due to COVID-19

“Make It Funky: Building Infectious Ostinati To Facilitate All Musical Learning” with Dr. Tiger Robison

March 14, 2020 

9:30am–2:00pm EST

Eastern Kentucky University

Foster Building


robison_tiger.png Tiger Robison is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Wyoming, where he teaches courses in elementary general music methods, aural skills, world music, and supervises student teachers. Dr. Robison earned a Ph.D. in music education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, a M.S. in music education from Central Connecticut State University, and a B.M. in music education at The Hartt School. Additionally, Dr. Robison holds level certifications in Orff, Kodaly, and First Steps in Music methodologies. Before his appointment at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Robison was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland. Prior to his collegiate teaching career, Dr. Robison was a music teacher in the Connecticut public schools for ten years. After teaching strings at the elementary level for two years, Dr. Robison taught general music for eight years to students in pre-Kindergarten through grade four. He also directed a primary choir for whom he created original compositions and commissioned new works from young composers.

 Chapter Share

January 25, 2020

9:30am–2:00pm EST

Tully Elementary, 3300 College Dr, Jeffersontown, KY 40299

Presenters: Ashley Sumner and Kathryn Wigger and the Treble Makers Orff Ensemble


“Orff Schulwerk & Students with Special Needs” with Dr. Patrick Ware

October 26, 2019

9:30am–2:00pm EST

Location: University of Louisville, School of Music

Room 267 


Ware-2 Dr. Patrick Ware holds degrees from Westfield State University, Radford University and Shenandoah Conservatory.  He is currently the movement instructor for the Central Florida and Hofsta Orff Courses as well as being a basic pedagogy instructor for the LA County Course. Patrick teaches k-5 elementary music in Prince William County, Virginia. Works by Dr. Ware are published through Beatin’ Path Publications.

“A Complementary Combination: Responsive Classroom and the Schulwerk” with Matthew Stensrud

September 21, 2019

9:30am–2:00pm EST

University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center Ballroom

160 Ave of Champions, Lexington, KY 40508

Free parking in the lot on Saturdays

Register Here for Matthew Stensrud’s September workshop:
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You can buy a KOSA chapter shirt at our September workshop. They are $18.
If you pre-register and request a shirt, you will be able to pick it up on the 21st!


Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Elementary Music and Movement Teacher and currently teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013, is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement, and teaches Movement Levels in South Carolina and Oregon. Matthew is also on The Orff Echo Editorial Board and he frequently writes about and presents workshops on Responsive Classroom, Jazz, Effortless Movement, and Playfulness in the classroom. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year at Annandale Terrace Elementary School in 2017 and was the Spotlight Award recipient from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in Summer 2017. He also serves as Vice President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of AOSA and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Workshop Description:
With the implementation of Responsive Classroom in elementary schools across the country, music educators can be an influential voice in the successful use of this process based, community driven and exploration centered approach. Come and learn more about the basics of Responsive Classroom, how it looks in the elementary classroom, and why Responsive Classroom is a complementary combination with Orff Schulwerk. Join us for a morning full of playing, speaking, singing, moving and creating! From exploring energizers to practicing student procedures and from sharing teacher language ideas to ways to add mindfulness and yoga, this workshop is for anyone who wants to better their classroom community of musicians and learners.
Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. Inspired by elementary classroom teachers, Responsive Classroom teachers recognize that knowing our children developmentally and culturally is an essential part of teaching. Responsive Classroom creates an equal balance of social and academic curricula and employs this balance with students through an explorative and process-driven approach similar to what Orff Schulwerk teachers employ in their own classrooms.

2019 Summer Workshops! *pricing different than our normal season (Sept–Apr); some are FREE

Orff in Murray! with Dr. Rob Amchin and Melissa Marotta

Orff Schulwerk: It’s More Than Instruments AND Artful-Mindful-Playful

August 24, 2019 

9:30am–2:30pm CST

Murray State University, PAH-Performing Arts Hall (Old Fine Arts Bldg)

216 N 15th St, Murray KY 42071

PAH-Performing Arts Hall is 2023 in the Old Fine Arts Building (through the gates & 2nd building on the left)

Lunch included

The Kentucky Orff-Schulwerk Association’s Melissa Marotta & Rob Amchin will be sharing lessons and tips to help you include the Schulwerk and processing for student success in your classroom this year!  Join us for a day of fun and music making. Lunch will be provided as part of the $15 workshop fee/$5 for college students (w/ID badge). REGISTER HERE:

Questions?  Contact: Joan Eckroth-Riley: 701-400-6965

Registration is encouraged so that we have enough lunch for everyone!

Instrument Hospital 101 with Lissa Ray

August 17, 2019


Veterans Park Elementary School, 4351 Clearwater Way, Lexington, KY 40515



Lissa Ray is in her 10th year of “retirement” after a teaching full time for thirty years. Her teaching experience spans preschool to adults. She is now teaching music to children three to six years old at Mercy Montessori Center in Cincinnati. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University. She has completed her Orff Schulwerk Certification as well as Master Classes and Orff Curriculum. She attended the summer course at the Orff Institut in Salzburg, Austria. Lissa is a Movement and Recorder Instructor for OS Teacher Training. Lissa has presented at several American Orff Schulwerk Association national conferences and chapter workshops across the country. With the help of MMB Music she developed a series of Orff instrument repair videos that are available on She has repaired instruments for several local school districts Lissa has been active member of the Greater Cincinnati American Orff-Schulwerk Chapter since 1987. She recently served as one of the Local Conference Chairs for the 2018 AOSA Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati. She has served on nationally on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as a Region Representative and member of Technology, Advocacy, and 50th Anniversary Conference Committees.

*This event is offered at no charge thanks to sponsors: District 7 Kentucky Music Educators Association and the Veterans Park Elementary School Music Program. Event Coordinator: Johnnie Bishop

Lissa Ray will demonstrate proper cleaning and repair techniques using of a variety “patients” in her “Instrument Hospital”. These patients will include glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones, contra bass bars and miscellaneous percussion instruments. Participants are invited but not required to bring ONE classroom pitched percussion instrument to clean under the guidance of Ms. Ray. Cleaning supplies will be provided for your use. At the conclusion of the PD session with Ms. Ray, there will be a door-prize drawing (must be present to win). The door prize is a complete repair and cleaning kit valued at $200 and donated by MMB Music in St. Louis. KMEA District 7 leadership hopes you and your students will benefit from this informative PD. Please reply to this email with any questions.

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Schulwerk BYOV (bring your own volumes) playtime 2019

September 7, 2019

1–4pm EST

3901 Jenica Way, Louisville, KY 40241-1530, United States


66433025_10162247330225045_8968307441112449024_o.jpg You’re invited to spend a few hours exploring pieces from Volume 1 of the Orff Schulwerk. Bring your own volume (BYOV), a barred instrument (and maybe a recorder) and a small snack and we will have fun exploring Volume 1 together. What’s your favorite piece? How do you share it with your kids? Beyond that, it’s also a chance just to chill with one another for the afternoon. Dr. Amchin will make tea and coffee and have a few snacks too. “New Pathways in Elemental Music Making” with Dr. Rob Amchin, featuring “The Treble Makers” Orff Ensemble


April 6, 2019

(rescheduled from last season)


University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, 465 Rose Street

Room 107

Parking is free in most of the surrounding E-Lots. READ THE SIGN. Hours are posted for when permit parking is in effect.


Rob Amchin in Sweater 2017-01-25 15.06.38-2 Dr. Robert Amchin is a distinguished teaching professor of music education and serves as the liaison to the College of Education at the University of Louisville. He enjoys leading undergraduate and graduate classes in teacher education in the School of Music. Dr. Amchin mentors graduate projects and also supervises student teachers in the Kentuckiana area. His training includes studies at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan. He was an elementary music specialist in Spring, Texas and still works with children as an artist-in-residence guest music teacher. He is a member of the Kentucky Orff Schulwerk Association (KOSA), Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The American Recorder Society (ARS) and the American Orff Schulwerk Association (ARS). His publications include numerous collections of materials for the elementary general classroom. A sought after Orff pedagogue, Dr. Amchin has taught Orff teacher-training courses, master classes, and workshops at local, state, and national events throughout his career and is a regular presenter for KMEA. Internationally, he has taught in China, Russia, Austria, Israel, Poland, and Canada. His research interests include teacher education, elementary general music education, critical and creative thinking, world music, and Orff Schulwerk/Music and Movement Education. Dr. Amchin holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music with specialized training in percussion and Orff Schulwerk, and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, where he investigated creative thinking skills in elementary age children. Treble Makes Orff EnsTreble Makers 4 The Treble Makers Orff Ensemble When you walk through the doors of Farmer Elementary and Tully Elementary before school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings the sound of music fills the halls. You see students engaged and actively making music, singing, dancing, playing instruments and improvising. You hear students behind xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, and drums playing, creating and composing melodies and rhythms together. These are the student musicians of the Treble Makers Orff Ensemble. The Treble Makers Orff Ensemble is a group of musicians made up of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students from Farmer Elementary and Tully Elementary in Jeffersontown, KY, directed by Ashley Sumner and Kathryn Wigger. This group of young musicians performs, creates and improvises using xylophones, recorders and percussion instruments while also integrating movement and speech. These young musicians are productive collaborators as they work effectively to accomplish the common goal of music making, even though they are at two different schools. Using FaceTime and written music notation students create and compose together, giving each other thoughtful and meaningful feedback on compositions and musical creations. Students not only practice separately at their own schools but also practice at a central location that allows students to meet and make music together. This unique collaboration offers students who attend these public schools in Jeffersontown the opportunity to make music and form lasting friendships, while growing into emerging innovators. They ask each other musical questions, they challenge one another and together they seek to learn and take musical risks, making adjustments that result in beautiful music that is creative and innovative . Musicians in the Treble Makers are taught using the Orff Schulwerk approach and perform music by Carl Orff, as well as music they have created themselves. Orff Schulwerk is Music for Children. It is a model for music and movement education that offers opportunity for active and creative music making by all children. Developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the Orff Schulerk builds musicianship through singing, playing instruments, speech, movement and improvising. Through the Orff Schulwerk musicians become prepared and resilient learners, demonstrating musical knowledge, reflecting on their musical successes and challenges, and making appropriate adjustments in order to grow musically. The Treble Makers enjoy performing for their community. Throughout the school year the Treble Makers not only perform in their schools for their peers but also perform for community events, such as playing Christmas Carols at local health facilities, performing at the Festival of Trees and Lights, and performing for music educators at the Kentucky Orff Schulwerk Association and the Kentucky Music Educators Association Convention. Performing outside their local schools allows the Treble Makers to give back and share their love of music with their local community. It allows them to pause where they are in their learning process to showcase their musical skills and reflect on the hard work and dedication it takes to be music makers and learners. The directors of the Treble Makers are Kathryn Wigger and Ashley Sumner. Kathryn Wigger is the music teacher at Tully Elementary and Ashley Sumner is music teacher at Farmer Elementary. Ms. Wigger and Ms. Sumner met eight years ago while completing their Orff Schulwerk Certification at the University of Kentucky. Wanting to enhance their school music programs, the two created a combined Orff Ensemble, that has grown over the years from a small ensemble that only performed once a year to what is now the Treble Makers. Ms. Kathryn Wigger is currently in her ninth year of teaching as the music teacher at Tully Elementary, teaching general music k-5. Kathryn was named the 2017-18 Jefferson County Public Schools music teacher of the year. She received her Bachelors in Harp Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Secondary Education from Xavier University. She is a Nationally Board Certified teacher. Ms. Ashley Sumner graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and from Walden University with a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Ms. Sumner is currently in her 14th year teaching in Jefferson County Public Schools and is currently teaching general music at Farmer Elementary to students k-5. ————————————————————————————————————————————-

“When Two Worlds Meet: Pathways to Culture” with Dr. Janet Robbins

“When two worlds meet” can refer to many intersections in life. For me, I think of meeting new friends; traveling to unfamiliar places for the first time; learning a foreign language, song, or dance; taking a cultural plunge; making new connections between music, art, and nature; and embracing traditions of people and places around the world. In today’s workshop, we will explore pathways to culture through Orff Schulwerk as we sing, play, dance, and create!

March 2, 2019


Campbell Ridge Elementary School

2500 Grandview Rd Alexandria, KY 41001


JanetRobbinsHeadshot.png Janet Robbins is professor emerita of music education at West Virginia University with specialization in general music methods, qualitative research, and world music pedagogy. Before receiving her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, she taught music in the Arts IMPACT program in Columbus, Ohio, where her career-long interest in interdisciplinary teaching and research began. Janet has presented at numerous regional, national, and international venues and published in such journals as Research Studies in Music EducationThe Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music EducationArts Education Policy ReviewThe Quarterly Journal of Teaching and LearningThe Mountain Lake ReaderJournal of Music Teacher Education, and The Orff Echo. Her chapter, “Practitioner Inquiry,” appears in The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014). Janet has served the American Orff Schulwerk Association in many capacities as co-chair of the 1995 AOSA National Conference celebrating the Carl Orff Centenary, a member of The Orff Echo editorial board, chair the International Outreach Committee supporting Orff Schulwerk professional development around the world, and past chair of the Research Interest Group. For more than twenty years, Janet has been on the summer faculty of the Orff Schulwerk Professional Development Course at the Eastman School of Music, both as a movement teacher and director of the Orff SPIEL teacher-research project (1991-1994). In 2016, she received the AOSA Excellence in Research Award. Janet’s interest in cross-cultural creativity led to the study of music and dance in Northeast Brazil and intersects with her role as a lead faculty for Music Alive!, a federally funded faculty-student exchange project between WVU and Brazil partner universities in Recife and Rio de Janeiro (2006-2012). Her book chapter, “Crossing Borders: Building Bridges for an International Exchange in Music Teacher Education,” in Alternative Approaches in Music Education (2011) chronicles students’ study-abroad experience. Janet conducted research during two sabbaticals in Brazil (2006 and 2011) where she studied children’s games and traditional rhythms and dance of Northeast Brazil. She coordinates WVU’s weeklong Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy and recently joined the Fulbright Specialist Roster with plans to continue to expand her understanding of music, culture, and the many creative spaces for making and teaching music from a global perspective.

 Chapter Share

with Luann Hayes, Joan Stansbury, Kayla Collier, and Melissa Marotta

Register here:

January 26, 2019


Eastern Kentucky University, School of Music, Foster Building

2400 Crabbe St, Richmond, KY 40475

Rm. 300

9:30-10:30  Kayla Collier
10:30-11:30  Melissa Marotta
12:00-1:00   LuAnn Hayes
1:00-2:00  Joan Stansbury

“Orff in Urban Settings” with Katie Traxler

October 20, 2018 


University of Louisville, School of Music

Room 267 



Katie Traxler teaches elementary music at PS51 Elias Howe, a public school in Manhattan, NY. In addition to daily music classes, she leads an after school chorus, recorder ensembles, Orff ensemble, and guitar and ukulele classes. Committed to collaboration among the arts, Traxler works closely with the visual arts teacher at PS 51 to maintain an arts rich curriculum integrating music, movement, drama, and visual art across all grade levels. Traxler works as a consultant and clinician for various education organizations in New York City including the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, Abundant Waters, and Music First. She is currently serving as Region V Rep for the American Orff Schulwerk Association, Past President of the NYC Orff Chapter, Basic Pedagogy Instructor for both the NYC and Seton Hill Orff Certification Courses, and conducts workshops and seminars for various Orff chapters and universities across the United States. A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Traxler earned BME and MM degrees from Louisiana State University. She completed Orff training at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and, the Trevor Institute in NYC, and completed an apprenticeship at the San Francisco International Orff Course. She has also studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Diller-Quaile and Lucy Moses schools, and received Level 1 Kodaly training at NYU.

“How’d They Learn That? Process Teaching!” with Jim Solomon

September 15, 2018


University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts

465 Rose Street Lexington, KY

Room 107


Sing, move, clap, dance, improvise, jam . . . play congas, recorders, Orff instruments . . . perform a great variety of kid-tested pieces . . . then analyze the process utilized in teaching each piece.

Jim Solomon headshot

Author and National Clinician, Jim Solomon is an Instructor of General Music, Chorus, Recorder, and D.R.U.M., a special percussion group for fifth-grade students. He has over 30 years experience teaching music in public elementary schools.

In the summers, Mr. Solomon teaches Level I Orff Certification at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  He teaches Rhythmic Training/Percussion Ensemble for Elementary/Middle School Teachers at George Mason University and Anderson University, and he works with Kindergarten-High School students at the Eagle Arts Camp in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jim has presented workshops to Orff Chapters and MEAs throughout the country and at nineteen American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conferences.  He presented a Master Class in Rhythmic Training at the AOSA National Conference in Omaha. Mr. Solomon was National Board Certified in 2002, and has been recognized as an MENC Nationally Registered and Nationally Certified Music Educator.  He has been Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County, Florida. —————————————————————————————————————————————

Chapter Share: Local Teachers Share Their Favorite Orff Lessons

January 27, 2018


Clays Mill Elementary School

2319 Clays Mill Rd, Lexington, KY


Presenters: Julianna Nitz, Kateri Miller, Beth Ellen Rosenbaum, Dwayne Russell, Amanda Wells


“Process? What Process?” with Brian Burnett

October 21, 2017


University of Louisville School of Music Room LL65


Brian Burnett taught elemental music & movement, K-6 near Toledo, Ohio. Brian now presents professional development courses and workshops across the country. His work has been published in Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s Share the Music and Spotlight On Music. He serves on the conference committee for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. IMG_9061.JPG Screen Shot 2017-11-21 at 2.04.18 PM —————————————————————————————————————————————

September 16, 2017

“Sing! Move! Play! A Potpourri of Joyful Music-Making Experiences” with Dr. Artie Almeida


University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building, 465 Rose Street, Rm. 107

GetImage THE GREATER CINCINNATI CHAPTER WILL BE SELLING BOUTIQUE ITEMS Dr. Artie Almeida is the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in the Orlando, Florida area, where she teaches 1,125 K–5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have performed for NAfME, AOSA, and on The Today Show. Artie was chosen as Florida Music Educator of the Year and was also selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society. She has been a Teacher of the Year at the school level six times and was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. Artie has presented music education clinics in forty‑two states, four countries, and was the guest instructor at The American School in Singapore in March of 2014. In addition to her public school teaching duties, Artie is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, teaches applied saxophone lessons, and performs on historical winds with The Halifax Consort, an early music ensemble.