Workshop Schedule for 2018-2019

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

September 22 Jim Solomon Drums, Body Percussion & Recorder

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Perform a variety of kid-tested pieces for drums, body percussion and soprano recorder using technique appropriate for children. Get ready to move and play, jam out and improvise!

Author of eight books, national workshop clinician, over 30 years experience teaching public elementary school music. Teaches Orff Level I at Eastman School of Music and Rhythmic Training/ Percussion Ensemble at George Mason University and Anderson University in summers. Has presented at nineteen AOSA National Conferences. National Board Certified 2002. Past Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County, Florida.


October 13 Sandy Lantz and Gretchen Wahlberg  Ukes, Children’s Literature, Drumming and More

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Start off your year with this hands-on, active workshop with ‘ready-to-go-on Monday’ ideas. The workshop will offer ideas to plan your year, process your lessons, and utilize them in your performances. Movement, recorder, drums, singing, and playing various instruments will be part of this workshop. Come and have fun!!!

Sandy Lantz and Gretchen Wahlberg are national board certified teachers and teach elementary music in Florida. For over 10 years, they have taught Orff-Schulwerk Level I teacher training course sponsored by the Central Florida Orff Chapter. They have co-taught workshop sessions at national Orff Schulwerk conferences, as well as, state music conferences in Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, Virginia and Florida. Together they have written the books, “Drum It Up” and “Creative Bits with Children’s Lit”.

January 12 Chapter Share

February 23 David DeStefano From Schulwerk Inspiration to Original Creation

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In this workshop, we will look at small pieces from the Music for Children volumes and discover ways to use them as source material for singing games, movement and creative music making.  Using this model for creative work, we will also explore possibilities that lie within traditional folk songs and singing games.  Please bring Music for Children Volumes I and II and a soprano recorder.

David DeStefano has taught elementary school music in Florida, California and Georgia and is currently the lead music teacher at Crabapple Crossing Elementary in Milton, GA.  Mr. DeStefano has degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Bradley University (Peoria, IL).  He became a National Board Certified Teacher (Early/Middle Childhood Music) in 2008, renewed 2017. Mr. DeStefano completed his Orff Schulwerk Levels training in 2004, plus several master courses since that time.  He has presented  at AOSA national conferences in 2007 (San Jose), 2009 (Milwaukee), 2012 (St. Louis) and 2016 (Atlantic City) and presented a workshop for the Sierra Nevada Orff chapter in 2014.  In 2017, he was added to the list of AOSA approved recorder instructors for Orff Schulwerk summer courses.  Additionally, he has regularly presented at state music education association conferences in California and Georgia.  He has been interviewed for Teaching Music magazine and has written for the Orff Echo and Reverberations. 

March 16 Georgia Newlin Developing Part-Singing Skills in School-Age Musicians

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This workshop examines the sequential development of part-singing skills in school-age musicians to help students acquire the ability to sustain a given voice part in a multi-part context. Purposefully identifying, naming, and teaching these techniques produces more singers able to fulfill their potential as self-sufficient musicians in a choral setting.

Georgia A Newlin, DMA is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Music, at Adelphi University, New York. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for fifteen years and at the collegiate level for sixteen. Currently, Georgia is called upon as a conductor for choral festivals, as a clinician for choral workshops, reading sessions, and intermediate grade methodology, as well as a consultant for curriculum planning. She teaches musicianship, conducting, and ensemble in Kodály programs at Indiana University, University of Hawaii, and James Madison University. Music Is Elementary has published her 2016 book, One Accord: Developing Part-Singing Skills in School-Age Musicians.

April 13 Karen Howard World Music Pedagogy and Orff Schulwerk


This workshop offers pedagogical strategies and a variety of resources for teaching a variety of resources for teaching music of the world’s cultures. Attention is given to learning culture through songs, stories, contextual descriptions, movement and dance experiences and instrumental music. Music and dance from related regions of West Africa, the Caribbean, and Brazil will be presented. Connections will be made to Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and features of ethnomusicology.

Karen is Asst. Prof. of Music at the University of St. Thomas. She received her B.M. and M. Mus. Ed. From the Hartt School and PhD from the University of Washington. Karen taught elementary music for 20 years in Connecticut and Washington. She has extensive training in global vocal, instrumental, and dance traditions from many music cultures.




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