2019-2020 Workshop Presenters

2019-2020 Workshops

September 28th, 2019 : It’s All About the Process – Keetman’s Rhythmic Building Bricks and Beyond

Using the elemental rhythmic bulding bricks, we will explore improvisation and compostition in the classroom.  Diving into pieces and examples from the Music for Children volumes and supplements, as well as children’s literature, participants will learn how to play, improvise, create, and expand on them.  Come ready to Sing, Dance, Play, Move, and CREATE! 

Joshua Southard is the Music Specialist at Smoky Row Elementary School in Carmel, IN.  There he teaches K-5 music, as well as a 5th grade Orff Ensemble, and was named the 2018 Teacher of the year. In January of 2019, he was also named the Indiana Elementary Music Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Music Educators Association.  He has completed all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification, as well as Orff Curriculum and Composition at Anderson University.  He served as the Indiana Orff Schulwerk Association’s President from 2010-2014, and in 2011, he was appointed to the American Orff Schulwerk Association’s Historical Committee, where he served as the Chairperson of the committee from 2014-2017.  Recently, he was elected to the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff Schulwerk Association serving as the Regional VI Representative.

​Josh is a featured presenter at Orff workshops around the country, state and national conferences.  He has also had articles published in both the Orff Echo and Reverberations.  He now teaches Level I Orff Certification courses in Gwinnett County in Atlanta, GA, DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and Anderson University in Anderson, IN.  

Smoky Row Elementary Music Room website:  www.smokyrowmusicroom.org 

Smoky Row Music Room Twitter: @sremusicroom

YouTube Channel: sremusicroom 


October 26th, 2019 : Learning Through Play

Children play.  Games with rules, games of make-believe, games they create, games they learned from their brothers or sisters.  And by playing, children learn. They make sense of the world, they learn to work together, they learn to think strategically, they learn to apply what they have learned in other situations to the game they’re playing now.

Music teachers have only a limited amount of time with our students.  We can harness the power of play in our curriculum to maximize the learning that happens in our classrooms.  Hopefully, we can also expand the number of minutes a week our students spend making music by teaching games that they want to play on their own.

Participants will learn traditional singing games and movement games for students of various ages.  In addition, participants will explore how to help students create their own games for use in the classroom.

Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Decorah, IA.  He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk.  He has served on the OAKE national board, a committee for AOSA, and has held leadership positions in state and regional organizations for both Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly.  Ellingsen teaches in the Orff Courses at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and Southern Methodist University in Dally, and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.


February 22nd, 2020 : Chapter Sharing

Come learn and see some new ideas from our very own chapter members!


March 21st, 2020 : Connecting the Arts – The Heart of the Schulwerk

Using natural connections through Orff Schulwerk, participants will use poetry, prose, and visual art as inspiration as they explore the Orff media.

Jennifer Donovan teaches at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee, Kansas.  She is a part president of the Kansas Orff Chapter and has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region III Representative and Treasurer and was the National Conference Chair for the 2016 AOSA Conference in Atlantic City and is also chairing the 2020 Conference.  She was on the Kansas Teacher of the Year team in 2009 and 2018.  She was the 2012 recipient of the World Village Wildcard scholarship and attended the JaSeSoiRy World Village in Valkeala, Finland.