Welcome to the Greater Chicago AOSA! We are a professional organization of music and movement educators dedicated to developing and encouraging the Orff-Schulwerk teaching approach.  GCAOSA provides a forum for continued growth and understanding of Orff-Schulwerk that reflects its national American Orff-Schulwerk Association organization. 

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See you at our next workshop on January 21st with presenter JoElla Hug!

When students are engaged with hands-on learning that is developmentally appropriate and carefully guided, sophisticated musical results can be achieved starting with the simplest of materials.  Clear teaching process in combination with elemental music-making allows the learner to engage from introduction to culmination.  Workshop will focus on original source materials (Keetman & Orff), folk songs and other musical resources.

Please note:  The activities in this workshop will focus on lessons for grades 4 - 7 and include singing, moving, barred instruments, untuned percussion and recorder.  Participants should bring all available voices of recorders.


There has been a new mandate to teachers about professional development hours. You now need to provide your IEIN (Illinois Educator Identification Number) at the workshop in order to receive your hours. We must have your number on file. You WILL NOT receive your PD's without your number, so please have your number with you. There will be no exceptions. To save time, it would be best if you wrote it down on a piece of paper with your  full name to turn it to us. If you go here http://www.isbe.net/elis/ and go to Educator Access, you can log in to find your number. It is at the topmost left side, in the blue box, under your name. That is the number we need.


All workshops will be held at Concordia University in River Forest.  There is a free parking garage (Visitor lot #5)  for your convenience on campus.  Taking public transportation from the city?  Take the green line to the Harlem/Lake green line station.  From there, take the bus or walk 1 mile north to Concordia.

7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL 60305

Click here for a campus map.

Offered in cooperation with the music department of Concordia University Chicago.