2015 - 2016 Professional Development Workshop Series
**All workshops take place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted**
September 19, 2015 - Bonny Tynch
"Orff in a Choral Setting"
Bonnie Tynch is an active music educator in the DC metro area. She holds degrees in choral music education from East Carolina University and George Mason University, studied at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria and with world renowned choral director, Doreen Rao. She is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association and was Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
October 17, 2015 - Anna Marie Spallina
"Recorder and Movement Boost"
Anna Marie Spallina teaches music at PS 163 in New York where she teaches grades PK-5 grade general music, chorus, guitar class, and percussion ensemble. She received Orff certification from New England Conservatory in and studied Orff Schulwerk in Salzburg, Austria and Urbino, Italy.
November 21, 2015 - AOSA Conference Sharing
Highlights from the 2015-16 AOSA Professional Development Conference (November 11-14, 2015 in San Diego, CA).
March 5, 2016 - Paul Weller
"One Poem Infinite Possibilities: Creating Independent Musicians Through Elemental Music"
This workshop will focus on the similarities between many different methodologies and how and Orff focussed classroom can achieve literacy based concepts and foster student independence. Participants will experience strategies to create successful improvisation and composition experiences, assessment tools to help propel students quicker towards musical independence, as well as how to use less repertoire to achieve more literacy.
Paul Weller has been teaching elemental music for the past 12 years in Minnesota to grades 1-5. He earned a B.A from St. Olaf College, M.A. in Education from Saint Mary’s University and Orff- Schulwerk Certification from University of St. Thomas. He has taught workshops both locally and nationally, teaches Orff Schulwerk Level I, serves on both the Minnesota Orff and Kodaly boards, and is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America National Education Advisory Council.
April 9, 2016 - Meg Tietz
When people talk about Orff Schulwerk, especially if they are not Orff teachers themselves, the description often centers around the use of the Orff Instrumentarium. However, while these instruments are delightfully enjoyed by children and adults alike, they are only a fraction of what Orff is all about. Orff teachers know that the truly magical part is really in the process, the playful exploration and discovery that is inherent within the Schulwerk. In fact, although many of the pieces found in the primary source materials of Orff and Keetman are written for the barred instruments, they are not limited to use in that media alone. This workshop will explore pieces, poetry, and activities through all four media: singing, saying, dancing, and playing, and through each of the four levels of experience: imitation, exploration, improvisation and creation.