Upcoming Workshops


Updated: September, 10 2022

2022–2023 Presenters

Charissa Duncanson

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

September 10, 2022

9:00am–1:00pm EST *please note the change in time,

on-site registration opens at 8:15am

4 PD hours

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

Room 107 (off the main lobby)

Lexington, KY 40506

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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.

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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.

Anielka Silva-Berrios

¡Viva la Música!: Exploring Latin Music Genres in the Elementary Music Classroom

October 29, 2022

9:30am–2pm EST (30 min snack/lunch)

4 PD hours

Cochrane Elementary

2511 Tregaron Ave, Jeffersontown, KY 40299

(PLEASE NOTE: the workshop is at Cochrane Elem. with an “E”; there is another Cochran Elem. in Louisville, that is not the correct location!)

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Anielka (Ani) Silva-Berrios is currently teaching K-5th grade general music in Roanoke County Public Schools in Virginia. Previously, Mrs.Silva-Berrios taught K-6th grade general music, along with 5th and 6th grade choir, in the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas, and K-5th grade general music in Osceola County in Florida. Outside the elementary classroom, she has taught undergraduate and graduate level elementary music methods courses at Missouri Western University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, and Vandercook College. Anielka has presented for the American Orff Schülwerk Association, Kansas Music Educators Association Conference, and Florida Music Educators Association Conference. Her passion and dedication for teaching music is evident through the appreciation and love of music shown by her students. Anielka earned bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from the University of Central Florida, and a master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in the Kodály method from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. While at Hartt, she earned all levels of Kodály Certifications with John Feierabend, as well as “First Steps in Music” and “Conversational Solfege” certifications. Mrs. Silva-Berrios also completed her Orff Schülwerk certification at the University of Memphis. As such, Anielka embraces a philosophy that incorporates a blend of both Orff and Kodály, diversity, and inclusivity.

Chapter Share/Jam Session and Celebration

*PLEASE NOTE, DATE CHANGE* January 21, 2023

9:30am–2:00pm EST (30 min lunch with cake)

4 PD hours

Bridgeport Elementary School 

10 Doctors Dr, Frankfort, KY 40601

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*Celebrate Dr. Rob Amchin’s tenure with the Schulwerk by singing, saying, moving, playing, and creating with him before he retires.

*Come snag some great materials at the silent auction while supporting KOSA.

*Play some of your favorite pieces from the Volumes at our afternoon jam session. Bring your copies!

Lorelei Batislaong

Elemental Ukulele: Applications and Context for the Music Classroom

The ʻukulele has quickly established itself as a sought-after addition in the elementary music classroom. But a new instrument for teacher and/or student doesn’t mean teachers must start all over at square one. Join us as we explore a ʻukulele sequence that draws from principles of universal design, constructivist philosophies of knowledge building, framed within recognizable elements of the Orff Approach. Bring back to your classroom concrete strategies, while also internalizing the underlying concepts that enable the design of a successful lesson sequence regardless of the mode of music-making. In addition, join in discussions about the intersections of current classroom contexts, the historical context of the ʻukulele, and the social responsibilities we have to one other and our students.

This workshop is joyfully designed with multiple points of entry and participation for ʻukulele playing. All ways of experience and ability are welcome! Please consider bringing a soprano or alto recorder.

March 18, 2023

9:30am–2pm EST (30 min lunch)

4 PD hours

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

Room 107 (off the main lobby)

Lexington, KY 40508

Register Here

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.

Lorelei Batislaong is Associate Professor of General Music Education at Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music. She has taught undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin and University of the Incarnate Word. Previous to that Lorelei taught elementary music in San Antonio and Austin for 14 years. She received a BM in Music Education from Southwest Texas State University, an MM in Instrumental Conducting from Texas State University, and is finishing her PhD in Music and Human Learning from The University of Texas at Austin. Lorelei is an active national and international clinician presenting workshops in music learning and teaching, ʻukulele in the general music classroom, and antiracist and decolonizing approaches in music classrooms. She has served on the Board of Trustees and chaired the Diversity and Equity subcommittee of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is the State Director of the Texas affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. Lorelei currently serves as the Deputy Director and Lead Editor of Decolonizing the Music Room, a non-profit organization working to amplify the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian people in the field of music education. She is the co-author of Elemental ʻUkulele: Pathways and Possibilities. Her research interests include teacher noticing and cognition, teacher skill acquisition and development, equity in the classroom and teaching profession, and generally wondering why everything is the way it is and how it could be better.