Workshop Schedule 2019-2020

September 14, 2019 – Twin Tiers Orff Schulwerk Association

Making Musical In-Roads: From Basics to Brilliance!

Location: Butler Music Center, Mansfield University

Beginnings aren’t always easy, but they can be thrilling and fun and lead us to some pretty amazing experiences. We’ll take our cues from some basic examples in the Volumes, and we’ll call upon your artistry to move the group into the middle of the process (see: improvisation, movement, body percussion, recorder, drama, composition, arrangement) and then by stretching the skills we’ve been reinforcing through elemental process  teaching and learning we’ll arrive at the meaningful, pleasing creation of musical brilliance. Simple, right?
We’re sure that there’ll be time for a game, and maybe a dance, probably a story or two thrown in for good measure as well. If possible, participants should bring a soprano and/or Alto recorder, a soprano ukulele, Music for Children Volumes I, II & III,  as well as enough energy and joy to sustain them throughout the workshop, and some extra to share with the other workshop members! We’ll play, sing, grow and laugh together— so basically, because you’ll be there, it’s going to be brilliant!

September 28, 2019 – Lowcountry Orff Schulwerk Association

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February 8, 2020 – St. Louis Orff Schulwerk Association

Begin with a game and let the mysterious wonder of the Orff Schulwerk process take the learners on a journey through a progression of possibilities of fun singing games and play parties with unique twists and untapped potential for exploration.

Exploring possibilities with Play Parties and Singing Games is a excellent support of Orff Schulwerk teaching and learning in that it roundly includes American history, culture and traditions as well as provides rich content for music learning that is curricular and spirals through every age student.

February 29, 2020 – Arizona Orff Schulwerk Association

Leap to Adventure! The Curiosity of Leap Day and the possibilities of Elemental Music and Movement

Take a journey of discovery and creativity! Together we’ll experience process teaching lessons of Volumes pieces, improvise, and compose. We’ll use a variety of media like speech, singing, body percussion, barred instruments, unpitched percussion, recorders, and maybe even a ukulele or two! Participants can expect to come away with some lesson ideas ready and waiting for Monday morning classes, and ideas for energizing your teaching for the rest of the school year.
And of course we’ll find some interesting and unique ways to incorporate Leap Day! This quote has captivated some powerful thoughts about Leap Day:
“Today is an ephemeral ghost…A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not ‘exist.’ In mundane terms, it marks a ‘leap’ in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up! But this day holds another secret — it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability…A day of unlocked potential. Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!” — Vera Nazarian
What if we replaced the idea of Leap Day being the rare “ephemeral ghost” with the rare times we come together to share our passions for teaching and learning through elemental music and movement?
What if the second half of the quote said, “[Time spent at an Orff Schulwerk workshop] today is an ephemeral ghost… A day of [pedagogical] tune up! But this day holds another secret — it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability…A day of unlocked potential. Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!”
Leap at this chance!!! Dare to embrace the possibilities we’ll create together!

March 14, 2020 – Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association

Music and Movement at the Museum – with Ukuleles!

Have you ever looked at artworks and pondered ways to bring them to life through music and movement? This workshop will awaken these possibilities within your classroom and enliven your students’ relationships with music and art through the media of Orff Schulwerk.

We’ll explore some pieces from Music for Children Volume I and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. August Herbin, a lesser known but fascinating artist will give us an opportunity to create some of our own artworks and then perform them! Finally, we’ll come to Wasily Kandinsky and learn about synesthesia and how music inspired him to become one of the first abstract painters. We’ll take some of the shapes from one of his abstract paintings and discover a piece from Music For Children Volume IV. We’ll use the model to create mixed meter pieces of our own.

….and ukuleles will be infused into the learning throughout the whole day! 

So bring your ukulele, your soprano and alto recorders, and your adventurous artistic self as together we create Music and Movement at the Museum – with ukuleles!

April 4, 2020 – Moravian College

Pre-service workshop for undergraduates in Music Education

May 1-3, 2020 – ACEMM Retreat and Jamboree

Come to the inspiring natural setting of the Catskills and we’ll all gather under one sky.

In the spirit of creativity, collaboration, and innovation, the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement is proud to offer its first Retreat and Jamboree at Frost Valley YMCA! All who share an interest in the exciting possibilities of elemental music and movement are invited to join us for three days of engaging workshops and refreshing relaxation with colleagues from across the country!

Session facilitator for a weekend retreat in Elemental Music and Movement.

July 6 – 17, 2020 – Vandercook College Orff Schulwerk Level II Course

July 20 – 24, 2020 – Villanova Orff Schulwerk Levels Course Instructor

July 27 – August 7, 2020 – Portland Orff Schulwerk Level II Course