Upcoming Workshops


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: https://forms.gle/5US6YWQmUWCzVkxS8

Questions?  Contact: Joan Eckroth-Riley: 701-400-6965  jeckrothriley@murraystate.edu

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 TeachingWithOrff.com. 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.

To register, please click on this link and complete the Google Form:


Schulwerk BYOV (bring your own volumes) playtime 2019

September 7, 2019

1–4pm EST

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




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.

2019–2020 Season Presenters


“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





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.


“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 



Dr. Patrick Ware holds degrees from Westfield State University, Radford University and Shenandoah Conservatory. Having completed Level III Orff Schulwerk training and basic pedagogy apprenticeship he has taught movement and recorder for Carnegie Mellon and the Worcester Orff Institute’s Certification Programs. He is currently movement instructor for the University of Memphis certification program. Patrick teaches K-5 elementary music and chorus in Prince William County, Virginia. Works by Dr. Ware are published through Beatin’ Path Publications.


 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



“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



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.

2020–2021 Presenters

“Creating a Dynamic Learning Community with Traditional Dance, Song and Storytelling” with Peter and Mary Alice Amidon

September 26, 2020 

Lexington, KY



Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are versatile and widely respected as performers and teachers who have dedicated their careers as artists to traditional song, dance, and storytelling. They are in demand throughout the United States as clinicians leading Orff and Kodaly elementary school music teacher workshops on traditional dance, song, and storytelling. The Amidons have been headliners at several AOSA and OAKE national conferences and are honored to be members of the AOSA Advocacy Council. The Amidons’ choral arrangements for adults and children are being sung by choruses throughout the United States and the UK. The Amidons are both former elementary school music teachers. For more information please visit http://www.amidonmusic.com