Workshop Schedule for 2019-2020

Workshop hours are 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

September 21: David Frego Meaningful Movement: Dalroze Eurythmics in the General Music Classroom

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Participants will engage in purposeful and meaningful movement based on the Dalcroze approach. Instructional elements will include pulse, beat, rhythm, meter, phrasing, rhythmic solfège, improvisation, nuance, and plastique animée. Following the workshop presentation and the handouts, participants will have the tools to incorporate movement activities into their current curriculum.

David Frego is Professor and Director of the School of Music at Penn State University, and Past President of the American Eurhythmics Society. He regularly presents workshops for music educators throughout the globe. Frego’s special focus is the application of Eurhythmics for those affected with post-traumatic stress. Along with co-author Marla Butke, Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics is available through Music is Elementary. Complete vita is available at


October 19 Tiffany English  Playing with a Purpose

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October brings special issues to the music room.  How do you continue to maintain enthusiasm and creativity, not only for students, but for yourself as a teacher? How do you further community with your students while reinforcing positive behavior?  How can you structure your lessons so that you facilitate higher-level learning?  How can improvisation be more widely utilized? The Orff Schulwerk approach makes all of this possible.  Come learn kid-tested strategies and lessons that will make your classroom a playful, organized, safe learning environment.

Tiffany English is the music specialist at Sugar Hill Elementary School in Gwinnett County, GA. She holds multiple degrees from the University of Georgia and Piedmont College. Her education also includes Post-Level III Orff Schulwerk teacher education and Level I Kodály training. Tiffany has served the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as Region IV representative on the National Board of Trustees, chair of the Professional Development Committee, president of the Atlanta Area Orff Chapter, and co-chair for the 2014 AOSA Professional Development Conference in Nashville, TN. She also served on the AOSA Executive Committee as Vice President, 2015-2017, and as AOSA President, 2017-2019.  Tiffany is a frequent national Orff Schulwerk presenter and was named the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year in 2007.  Tiffany has conducted several elementary honor choirs including: Alabama Music Educators Elementary All-State; Rockdale County GA; Muscogee County, GA; and, Houston County, GA.

January 11 Chapter Share GCAOSA 50th Anniversary

February 22 Joyce Stephansky Elemental Play

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 Take a look at elemental music through the eyes of a child. Come prepared to play with Children’s Literature and pieces from the Volumes.

Joyce Stephansky has been teaching music and movement education in the Washington DC area for over 25 years. She is currently teaching K-6 at Stratford Landing Elementary School in Fairfax County Public Schools. Joyce received her Master’s of Music Education and her Orff Schulwerk Certification at George Mason University in 1995. She is currently an adjunct professor at George Mason University, teaching Elementary General Music Methods. In the summer, Joyce is the Director of the GMU Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Program through the School of Music, where she also teaches Level I. Joyce also sings with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and is in her 28th season singing at the Kennedy Center.Joyce lives in Alexandria, VA with her two children, Ben and Camille.

March 21 Susan Ramsay Around the World and Back Again: Singing and Moving with the Schulwerk

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Use music and stories from around the world and right in your back yard to give students creative musical experiences. Some movement games and dances are structured and others give opportunities for creative expression. Singing games and rhymes from the United States help us understand our own culture, and games and songs from around the world help us see commonalities and connect with others.

 Susan Ramsay taught general music in elementary and middle school for more than thirty years with the Franklin Special Schools District and has been named “Teacher of the Year” for that district. She received National Board Certification in Music during her tenure at Franklin Elementary School, and has recently been named to the Tennessee Music Educators Association’s Hall of Fame. Susan has obtained her certificate in Kodaly music education from Belmont University, and Orff certification from University of Memphis. She conducts teacher training courses in Orff Schulwerk and serves as an adjunct instructor in music education for several universities, including the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Middle Tennessee State University. She has co-directed the Alleluia choir for children in kindergarten and first grade at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville for many years.


April 18 Karen Benson Jazz and Blues in the Orff Schulwerk Classroom

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Explore activities that utilize folk, jazz, and blues music with improvisation opportunities suitable for use with children. Workshop Objectives: Nurture improvisation skills of young musicians through exploration and improvisation strategies. Utilize basic folk, jazz, and blues music with improvisation opportunities suitable for use with children. Actively engage in the music making process. Have fun and enjoy being together!

Karen K. Benson is the Professional Development Director for AOSA. She was a 2017 National Conference Chair and Past President of AOSA She teaches music for grades PreK-S, directs the choir, and serves as assistant violin instructor for the early childhood Sprouts program at Cody Elementary School for the Millard Public School District in Omaha, Nebraska. ln addition, she serves as a director for the district's Orff Schulwerk Honors Ensemble. Her work as a performing musician includes playing recorders, saxophone, and singing as a member of Sing Omaha's Master Chorale. Karen teaches in several AOSA Teacher Education Levels courses, leads workshops nationwide, and has presented sessions for AOSA as well as other national and state conferences.




Workshop hours are 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

All workshops will be held at Concordia University in River Forest.  There is a free parking garage 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