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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please join us for Our next workshop on april 21st with kris olson!

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Movin’ on Up

Starting with toddlers in the parent/child music class setting, we’ll move on up through lessons geared towards preschool, elementary, and middle school aged children.  Participants will learn adapted folk dances for their littlest students and tried and true processes that insure success for older children creating their own movement.  A Border Morris stick dance will be taught which has been successfully taught to hundreds of upper elementary students.  It’s a big hit with boys as well as a great addition to performances and celebrations.  Most importantly, we’ll discover ways to use movement to strengthen musical skills, increase musicality and create avenues for creativity and growth.  

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Save the workshop dates for 2018-2019! September 15, October 13, January 19, February 16, March 16, & April 27.


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

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