2017-2018 Workshop Presenters

September 23rd, 2017

Carlos Abril:Creativity at the Center of the Music Classroom The music classroom is one of the few learning spaces in school where children’s imaginations can be sparked and creativity can be nurtured. Play is the natural way children engage in this important work. This lies at the core of the Orff Schulwerk philosophy. In this session participants will engage in hands-on experiences with musical play, including free improvisation, musical problem finding, composition, singing, and movement. Ideas for making creativity central to the curriculum will also be explored.

Carlos Abril is professor of music and director of undergraduate music education at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.  He has published numerous articles and chapters in research journals, professional magazines, and books. He co-edited the books, Teaching General Music: Approaches, Issues, & Viewpoints  and Musical Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make. His music arrangements and instructional materials are published by World Music Press and in the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill textbook series, Spotlight on Music. He is fully certified in Orff Schulwerk, studied at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, and has received extensive training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He has taught in schools in Ohio, Illinois, and Florida, and has been honored as Miami-Dade County Public Schools Region V Teacher of the Year and with the Cervantes Outstanding Educator Award. 

October 21st, 2017

Matt McCoy: Process- Piece by Piece Come bring your energy, enthusiasm, and a bit of curiosity as we take a day to explore many facets of process-based teaching while working with Schulwerk primary source materials. Kid-tested strategies for preparing, developing, and creatively extending elemental repertoire will be experienced by participants with additional opportunities to address lesson design and performance opportunities. Whether you are new to Orff Schulwerk or already have many years of experience with the approach, there is something in this workshop for you.

Matt McCoy teaches elementary music and choir at the Emerson School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to his time at Emerson, Matt worked in various educational institutions including public and independent schools, children’s choir organizations, and universities in both the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States. As a clinician specializing in process-based teaching, he is a frequent clinician at AOSA National Conferences and at local chapter meetings around the United States. Matt also teaches in the Orff Levels programs in Los Angeles, California, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and at Metro State University in Denver, Colorado.

February 24th, 2018

Meg Tietz: Playful Process

March 17th, 2018

 Lissa Ray: