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: Planning Programs with Purpose The performances that are put on by a music teacher during the school year are one of our major ways to communicate to our parents, teaching colleagues, and administrators what is happening within our classroom on a daily basis.  Additionally, with limited time in our schedules to make these programs a reality, it is essential that material is carefully chosen to support our curriculum instead of detracting from it.  This workshop will focus on different ways one might construct a program to fit within various constraints while still giving opportunity for student ownership, creativity, and joyful artistry and without sacrificing valuable teaching time.

Meg Tietz teaches music and movement to children in kindergarten-5th grade at Bay Elementary in Seabrook, TX.  She completed her master’s degree, with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  She is an active presenter for local workshops, sessions at the AOSA National Convention and has served as a Level I basic pedagogy and movement instructor for courses in Connecticut, Montana, and Nebraska.

March 17th, 2018

 Lissa Ray: Movement, Music, Mallets, and More 

This workshop will explore the basic elements of music and movement with strategies to implement them into daily lessons.  Movement activities, recorder, drama, and instrument playing will be woven together to enhance storytelling.  Examples of tiered instruction will illustrate how material can be used for a variety of grade levels or capabilities.  A variety of avenues to teach musical concepts will be employed.  Kid tested material that has survived the test of time will be presented.  Bring your creativity and a playful spirit.

Lissa is in her 8th year of retirement after teaching full time for thirty years. Her teaching experience spans preschool to adults. She is currently teaching music part time to children three to six years old at Mercy Montessori Center. Lissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University and a Masters Degree from Indiana University. She has completed her Orff Certification as well as Master Classes and Orff Curriculum. She attended the summer course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Lissa is a Movement and Recorder Instructor for OS Teacher Training. She has been an active member of the Greater Cincinnati American Orff-Schulwerk Chapter since 1987. She is currently one of the Local Conference Chairs for the 2018 AOSA Professional Development Conference to be held in Cincinnati. She has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as a Region Representative and member of Technology, Advocacy, and 50th Anniversary Conference Committees. Lissa has presented at several AOSA national conferences and chapter workshops. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. Lissa  is the Handbell, Youth, and Children’s Music Director at Northminster Presbyterian Church. She plays flute in the Joan Cavally Flute Choir and rings handbells in the Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project, of which she is a founding member.