2018-2019 Workshop Presenters

2018-2019 Workshops

September 22nd, 2018

Tiffany English: Back To School in Orff Style

The beginning of the school year brings special issues to the music room.  How can you build community with your students while reinforcing positive behavior?  How can you refine your classroom procedures so that instruction flows seamlessly?  How can you structure your lessons so that you can 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 that will lay the groundwork for a great year!

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 currently serves as AOSA President.  Tiffany was named the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year in 2007.


October 13th, 2018

Brian Burnett: Process? What Process?

Schulwerk presents a developmental sequence in, melodic, and harmonic materials as well as creative strategies.  Explore, analyze, and label some of these distinct strategies and procedures so you can develop your own process lessons.

 Brian Burnett taught elemental music K-6 near Toledo, Ohio for 35 years, is an active instructor for AOSA teacher education courses, and serves as the National Conference Director for AOSA. He was a contributor to both “Share the Music” and “Spotlight on Music” textbook series and has published articles for the Orff Echo, the OMEA Triad and MMB Music’s Teaching With Orff website. He has presented music & movement workshops across the nation.


February 9th, 2019

Drue Bullington: Ukuleles, Volumes, and Recorders!

Ukulele Starter Kit:  How to integrate the ukulele into the Orff Schulwerk classroom! Speaking Volumes: Music for children was conceived as the founder’s gateway to Music BY Children.  Recorder Reimagined:  An approach to awakening recorder musicianship through active learning, games and play!

Drue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown Elementary School in Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Bullington is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. Drue holds a second master’s degree from Wilkes University in Online Teaching and Learning with an Online Educator’s Certificate of Endorsement from the state of Pennsylvania. He has also participated in advanced Orff Schulwerk studies and an apprenticeship program in Orff Schulwerk at George Mason University.

Drue has taught in several Orff Schulwerk Levels Certification programs around the U.S. and offers numerous professional development and workshop sessions on elemental music and movement through the Orff Schulwerk Approach, elemental music and movement applications in the classroom, incorporating technology, and integrating the soprano ukulele into the K-12 music classroom.

Drue and his wife, Elise, live in Lititz, PA. They enjoy an active life filled with travelling, culinary adventures and volunteering in their community.

March 2nd, 2019

Brian Hiller: Orff Schulwerk in Action

Session 1:   Exploration of Orff Media  –  Explore activities that focus on body percussion, speech, singing, pitched and nonpitched percussion, movement and recorder.

Session 2:   Teaching to the Objective –  Explore effective lessons that utilize a developmental, step by step teaching sequence.

Session 3:  Exploration of Orff Pedagogy  –  Explore the learning stages used in Orff Schulwerk: Imitation, Exploration, Literacy, and Improvisation.

Session 4:  A Global Suite  –  Explore four dynamic pieces celebrating global connections.  The pieces utilize all elements of Orff Schulwerk and may be use individually or woven tighter in a performance piece.

*This workshop will take place from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.  There will be a break for lunch.  More details about lunch options can be found here: Extended Workshop Lunch*

BRIAN HILLER holds dual certification in both elementary and music education.  In a career spanning 33 years, Mr. Hiller has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, General Music and Instrumental Music in Westchester County, New York.  Mr. Hiller is an internationally known author and clinician. He has completed all levels of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education, the Master Class and is an approved AOSA teacher educator. He presents workshops at national and state music conferences and Orff Schulwerk Chapters throughout the United States and in Canada.

Mr. Hiller is co-author along with Don Dupont of twelve publications: It’s Elemental; Lessons That Engage, It’s Elemental 2; More Lessons that Engage; Earth, Water, Fire, Air; A Suite for Voices, Narrator and Orff Instruments; Make a Joyful Sound!;  Too Much Noise! ; Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, Sing a Song of Aesop and the curriculum series What to Teach When; A Thoughtful Engaging Music Curriculum K-1, 2-3 and 4-5; Process and Play and Elemental Music Making (Heritage Music Press).  They are also contributing authors to Activate! Magazine.