Past Workshops/Photos

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

Julianna Nitz

image1Julianna Nitz is currently a K-5 music educator at Franklin County Schools with a BM in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. Her previous teaching experiences include the Boyle County School District, The Provision School in Lexington, Kentucky, The Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Uduvil Girls’ College, Jaffna College, and the Christian Theological Seminary in Maruthanaarmadam, Sri Lanka. Julianna has performed with local musical groups including Capitol City Community Band and Alluring. She is also the Minister of Children, Youth, and Families at Antioch Christian Church (Lexington). Julianna was the recipient of KOSA’s 2017 scholarship which she used to attend the Orff Level 1 workshop last summer.

Beth Ellen Rosenbaum

IMG_4638.JPGBeth Ellen Rosenbaum teaches PK-4 music and piano at Redwood Cooperative School in Lexington, Kentucky.  She is the director and founder of Children’s Music Workshop, a music and movement program for babies and young children.  She completed her Orff levels at the 92nd Street Y and the University of Kentucky, Kodály levels at Westminster Choir College, and Music Learning Theory certification at Temple University.  Beth Ellen has studied Dalcroze extensively at the Lucy Moses School and the Longy School of Music.  She serves on the boards of directors of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and the Kentucky Eurhythmics Society.  She holds performance degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard.

Kateri Miller

katepng.pngKateri (Kate) Miller is a full time graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky earning her Ph.D. in music education. She taught elementary music for 16 years. In addition, she designed and taught a course about the Orff Volumes for professional development credit in the Clark County School District, Nevada. She has presented at chapter shares in Las Vegas, professional development days and has presented the GAMEPLAN music curriculum to school districts. She has all three levels of Orff training, an Orff master class, all three levels of Kodaly training, and 1 level of Dalcroze training. She is past president of the Nevada’s Desert-Valley Orff Chapter and was the registration chair for the 2015 AOSA conference.

Dwayne Russell

Dwayne.JPGDwayne Russell teaches general music and choir at Beale Elementary in Gallipolis Ferry, WV. He earned his BA from Marshall University and is completing his MM from University of Kentucky with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Dwayne joined the ranks of elementary music teachers after nearly ten years of teaching band. Making the switch to elementary was one of his wisest choices, giving him the opportunity to reach a larger and more captive audience. Dwayne is also a Little Kids Rock teacher, teaching a more diverse instrumentation using the Orff process. Dwayne enjoys playing tuba, singing barbershop, and spending time with his two teenage children.

Amanda Wells

Ms. Amanda WellsAmanda Lynn Wells was born and raised in Pike County, KY where she stayed very active with her school band, chorus, speech and drama team, and her church youth group Crossroads. She attended Morehead State University and gained knowledge in both instrumental and vocal music and obtained a BM and MME. Before going into the teaching profession, Amanda performed professionally in musical theatre in California, North Carolina, and all around Kentucky. Amanda has worked as an elementary music teacher and choir director in New York City Public Schools, Morgan County Public Schools (KY), Rowan County (KY) at Rodburn and Clearfield Elementary Schools, and as a middle and high school choral director in Rowan County. Currenty, she is the vocal director and general music teacher at SCAPA at Bluegrass.

Amanda has completed Kodaly Levels I and II, and is actively involved in KOSA (KY Orff Schulwerk Association) and AOSA (American Orff Schulwerk Association). She has also taught in higher education at Morehead State University as an adjunct professor in the KCTM (KY Center for Traditional Music) in traditional voice and with the MSU Theater Department teaching musical theater voice and music directing their musical productions. Amanda is married to traditional musician and archivist, Jesse Wells, and they have a beautiful daughter, Maddie Rae.



“Process? What Process?” with Brian Burnett

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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.




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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


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.