Upcoming Workshops

1. Most workshops for the 2021–2022 school year will be hybrid (only the Chapter Share will not be hybrid). Once you register, you will be sent the link to join virtually. You may attend in person or via Zoom. We will not be recording the workshops.download2. PLEASE, MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS. download

3. Please do not attend if you feel ill in any way.

4. We will provide hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes.


Updated: Jan 15, 2022

2021–2022 Presenters

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.


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, www.ofortunaorff.com

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.

Dr. 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 12, 2022

9:30am–2pm EST (30 min lunch)

4 PD hours

University of Kentucky, Singletary Rehearsal Room 

405 Rose St, 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.

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

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/DrSLPGg8KVcu2dKMA

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!

Please bring your copies of the Volumes for the jam session.