Upcoming Workshops

 


2019 Presenters


“New Pathways in Elemental Music Making” with Dr. Rob Amchin, featuring “The Treble Makers” Orff Ensemble

April 6, 2019

(rescheduled from last season)

9:30am–2:00pm

University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, 465 Rose Street

Room 107

Parking is free in most of the surrounding E-Lots. READ THE SIGN. Hours are posted for when permit parking is in effect.

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

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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 leading undergraduate 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.

 

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The Treble Makers Orff Ensemble
When you walk through the doors of Farmer Elementary and Tully Elementary before school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings the sound of music fills the halls. You see students engaged and actively making music, singing, dancing, playing instruments and improvising. You hear students behind xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, and drums playing, creating and composing melodies and rhythms together. These are the student musicians of the Treble Makers Orff Ensemble.

The Treble Makers Orff Ensemble is a group of musicians made up of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students from Farmer Elementary and Tully Elementary in Jeffersontown, KY, directed by Ashley Sumner and Kathryn Wigger. This group of young musicians performs, creates and improvises using xylophones, recorders and percussion instruments while also integrating movement and speech. These young musicians are productive collaborators as they work effectively to accomplish the common goal of music making, even though they are at two different schools. Using FaceTime and written music notation students create and compose together, giving each other thoughtful and meaningful feedback on compositions and musical creations. Students not only practice separately at their own schools but also practice at a central location that allows students to meet and make music together. This unique collaboration offers students who attend these public schools in Jeffersontown the opportunity to make music and form lasting friendships, while growing into emerging innovators. They ask each other musical questions, they challenge one another and together they seek to learn and take musical risks, making adjustments that result in beautiful music that is creative and innovative .

Musicians in the Treble Makers are taught using the Orff Schulwerk approach and perform music by Carl Orff, as well as music they have created themselves. Orff Schulwerk is Music for Children. It is a model for music and movement education that offers opportunity for active and creative music making by all children. Developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the Orff Schulerk builds musicianship through singing, playing instruments, speech, movement and improvising. Through the Orff Schulwerk musicians become prepared and resilient learners, demonstrating musical knowledge, reflecting on their musical successes and challenges, and making appropriate adjustments in order to grow musically.

The Treble Makers enjoy performing for their community. Throughout the school year the Treble Makers not only perform in their schools for their peers but also perform for community events, such as playing Christmas Carols at local health facilities, performing at the Festival of Trees and Lights, and performing for music educators at the Kentucky Orff Schulwerk Association and the Kentucky Music Educators Association Convention. Performing outside their local schools allows the Treble Makers to give back and share their love of music with their local community. It allows them to pause where they are in their learning process to showcase their musical skills and reflect on the hard work and dedication it takes to be music makers and learners.

The directors of the Treble Makers are Kathryn Wigger and Ashley Sumner. Kathryn Wigger is the music teacher at Tully Elementary and Ashley Sumner is music teacher at Farmer Elementary. Ms. Wigger and Ms. Sumner met eight years ago while completing their Orff Schulwerk Certification at the University of Kentucky. Wanting to enhance their school music programs, the two created a combined Orff Ensemble, that has grown over the years from a small ensemble that only performed once a year to what is now the Treble Makers. Ms. Kathryn Wigger is currently in her ninth year of teaching as the music teacher at Tully Elementary, teaching general music k-5. Kathryn was named the 2017-18 Jefferson County Public Schools music teacher of the year. She received her Bachelors in Harp Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Secondary Education from Xavier University. She is a Nationally Board Certified teacher. Ms. Ashley Sumner graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and from Walden University with a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Ms. Sumner is currently in her 14th year teaching in Jefferson County Public Schools and is currently teaching general music at Farmer Elementary to students k-5.

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Summer 2019 TBA

9:30am–2:30pm

Murray State University, AH-Performing Arts Hall

216 N 15th St, Murray KY 42071

AH-Performing Arts Hall is 2023 in the Old Fine Arts Building (through the gates & 2nd building on the left)

Presenters TBA

 


2019–2020 Presenters


 

“A Complementary Combination: Responsive Classroom and the Schulwerk” with Matthew Stensrud

September 21, 2019

9:30am–2:00pm

Location TBA

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED 

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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.

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“Orff Schulwerk & Students with Special Needs” with Dr. Patrick Ware

October 26, 2019

9:30am–2:00pm

Location TBA

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED 

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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.

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January 25, 2020

9:30am–2:00pm

Location TBA

Presenters TBA

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

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“Make It Funky: Building Infectious Ostinati To Facilitate All Musical Learning” with Dr. Tiger Robison

March 21, 2020 

9:30am–2:00pm

Location TBA

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED 

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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

LUNCH PROVIDED

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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