Upcoming Workshops


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.

“New Pathways in Elemental Music Making” with Dr. Rob Amchin

March 24, 2018


University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building, 465 Rose St, Rm 107



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 leadingundergraduate 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.

2018–2019 Presenters

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

September 25, 2018


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


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.

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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.

Orff in Urban Settings with Katie Traxler

October 20, 2018 

University of Louisville, School of Music



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.

 Chapter Share

January 26, 2019

Presenters and Location TBA


Folk Dancing/World Music with Dr. Janet Robbins

March 2, 2019


Location TBA



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.