Frequently Asked Questions
These very good questions were asked by a new individual to our web page.
Question: Why do we have workshop fees?
Answer: Workshop Fees are used for clinician fees, and related transportation, housing, meals, printing, operational mailings, hand-outs for promotion of workshops, hand-outs for workshop notes, and workshop hospitality and refreshments.
Question: Must I have Orff certification to become an AOSA member ?
Answer: We all began learning about Orff techniques a little at a time. We were all novices to start with. There is no requirement to be an AOSA member. Although I must warn you, it is habit forming. So much so, that most of us end up taking certification classes somewhere. But, by attending all of this year’s four chapter workshop offerings, participants who select may get SEMESTER credit hours from Miami University by paying fees and completing a paper about what they have learned.
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Question: Must I join Orff nationally and locally ? (I am asking about dues, I guess)
Answer: We strongly encourage all participants to become National AOSA members. In fact we even price the workshops and the workshop package deal to make it more worthwhile financially for National members. National members enjoy a substantial savings in their workshop fees.
We do invite and encourage guests at our workshops who are not national members by offering a different workshop fee structure for those who are not AOSA National members.
All who attend the National AOSA Conferences must already be members of AOSA or pay the national membership fee as part of their registration.
Question: As a chapter member, what are the responsibilities ?
Answer: Chapter members are responsible for having a good time with a great bunch of other teachers who are there to learn. The ideas that we get at workshops and especially at a National Conference are so great for teaching children. We sometimes forget that seemingly complicated musical skills can be taught in a very simple sequential way to allow our students to grasp them in an enjoyable way. We learn from each other.
I hope that you will be able to be with us at the workshops this year. I hope that you will encourage others that you teach with to come with you to the workshop.