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NEW: Summer 2023 Orff Training – Levels I and II offered (hosted by CVESD)

The CVESD Summer Orff Levels Training is an immersive professional development opportunity designed to help educators improve their music teaching skills. By participating in the training, you’ll gain access to expert instruction, valuable resources, and a supportive community of peers.

Level I & II courses will be held July 3 – 14, 2023, daily from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Classes will not be held on Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. We will make up this class on Saturday, July 8th. 

If you’re ready to take your music teaching to the next level, we encourage you to register now. Simply follow this link: https://forms.office.com/r/KQJhW6XBmZ

If you have any questions about the training, please visit the CVESD Summer Orff Levels Training website: https://sites.google.com/view/cvesdsummerorff/home 

For San Diego Orff updates and other info, please scroll down or see the menu.
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2021-2022 Professional Development Workshops

Fees for all workshops are included with an SDAOSA membership.
Click HERE for details and to PAY FEES.

Sep 11, 2021  9am – 1pm  Manju Durairaj
Oct 9, 2021  9am – 1pm  Paul Cribari
Feb 12, 2022  9am – 1pm  Crystal Pridmore
Mar 12, 2022  9am – 1pm  Tim Wiegand
Apr 9, 2022  9am – 1pm  Virtual Chapter Sharing (more info soon)


Manju Durairaj
Sept 11, 2021
9:00am – 1:00pm

21st Century Orff Schulwerk: Making Responsive Teaching and Collaborative Learning Visible

Teachers and students have been impacted socially, emotionally, and academically over the past 18 months. The pandemic as well as the heightened cultural consciousness may well have brought about a need to rethink and redesign instructional design, curriculum, teaching, and learning.

This workshop addresses the impact of current realities on teaching and learning in general, and in Orff Schulwerk programs in particular. The 21st Century Orff Schulwerk model emphasizes using students’ cultural information, student-generated ideas, and responsive processes to: scaffold learning, emphasize communal orientation, focus on relationships, plan cognitive scaffolding, and develop social awareness in addition to aligning with 21st century educational frameworks. During the workshop participants will engage in activities framed in culturally relevant and responsive teaching, use selected inclusion strategies for collaborative learning, and examine criteria for curating folk songs, chants, dances, stories, and poetry while examining processes for designing and facilitating instruction.

Manju Durairaj was born, raised, and educated in Pune, India. She was also involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. Furthermore, she graduated with her second master’s degree and K-12 certification from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

Manju is the Lower School Music Teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. She is AOSA’s Vice President Elect of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, she is past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter, and she is a certified Orff-Schulwerk Levels Instructor as well as a certified Arts Integration specialist. Manju is on the Elementary General Music Council of the Illinois Music Education Association. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago where she teaches curriculum design and both graduate and undergraduate elementary music methods courses. Manju’s continuing-teacher-education courses, both on-campus and online, include: Culturally Responsive Music Education, Technology, Arts Integration, Curriculum Development, Responsive Classroom, and Redesigning Teaching & Learning for the 21st Century. 

Manju is a frequent clinician at various state, national, and international education conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and The Journal of the Council for Research in Music Education. In addition, her Hal Leonard publications include: “InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2,” “InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print,” “Technology in Today’s Music Classroom,” and (Music Express Magazine) “Dancing Around the World.”


Paul Cribari
Oct 9, 2021
9:00am – 1:00pm

Rebuilding and Reconnecting Through Music

Learn how to incorporate student ideas to create musical experiences that are unique to the class as we rebuild and reconnect after a disrupted school year. These musical experiences will reflect the specific character of the individual and the classroom community. Through these activities, students will take greater ownership in the process and see themselves as central to the musical experience that reflects their racial, cultural, and communal identities.

Dr. Cribari is a Colorado native who has been teaching music to children for 20 years. He has worked to educate preschool to high school students and has conducted a variety of ensembles including Renaissance consorts, choirs, jazz bands, and symphony orchestras. Dr. Cribari received a Bachelors degree in Piano and Vocal education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Arts with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his doctorate in music education from Boston University.

In addition to teaching children at Coyote Hills School, Dr. Cribari has taught graduate students at Southern Methodist University, Mills College, Central Michigan University, the University of St. Thomas, George Mason University, Anderson University, and the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Cribari is on the board of trustees for the Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, California, and is a frequent clinician at music education conferences throughout the country.


Crystal Pridmore
Feb 12, 2022
9:00am – 1:00pm

Look Up! SEL-Based Orff-Schulwerk Lessons for Dreamers

A Message from SDAOSA Vice-President, Sasha Stone: Happy New Year! I hope everyone is staying healthy and settling back in your classroom after a much-needed break. I wanted to update you about our February 12th workshop. Unfortunately our originally-scheduled presenter (Aimee Curtis Pfitzner) will not be able to join us due to a school performance that needed to be rescheduled. Aimee will instead be joining us in March of 2023! The workshop on February 12th will instead be led by our very own Crystal Pridmore! We look forward to seeing you at E.B. Scripps Elementary School on February 12th!

In this workshop, Crystal invites you to explore and create with your students by using the imagery of the moon and stars. Participants will receive music and movement lesson materials for grades K-6, slides to use in the classroom, and reflection materials for their own teaching practice. Join us in a restorative, joyful workshop.

Crystal Pridmore has been teaching music for 15 years as a private voice instructor, secondary choir director, early childhood music specialist, and PreK-8 general music teacher. She currently runs the general music, choral, and strings program for PreK-6th grade students at Finney Elementary School. She holds a BA in Music Education and MA in Teaching from Point Loma Nazarene University and California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music. She actively serves throughout the community as a singer and choir member and frequently collaborates with other musicians in various capacities. She is the creator and co-host of the Chaotic Harmony podcast, chronicling the reestablishment of music programs in Chula Vista Elementary School District after a 30-year absence of arts education. In addition, Crystal has completed 3 levels of certification in Orff-Schulwerk and serves as the San Diego American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapter president. She is a current member of CMEA (California Music Educators Association), NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and AOSA (American Orff Schulwerk Association). She is the recipient of the 2020 CMEA Southern Border Section Elementary Music Specialist Fortissimo Award and was a Semifinalist for the 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator Award.


Tim Wiegand
March 12, 2022
9:00am – 1:00pm

A Mix of Folk and Fun!

Come experience traditional folk lessons, each with a creative fun twist! Getting students engaged to build basic musical motor skills can be a challenge. Join Tim as he shares lessons and games that will motivate students to make the repetitions necessary to achieve mastery in a variety of topics.

Tim Wiegand graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Music Education and received his masters degree with an emphasis in Orff-Schulwerk from UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas). Tim has been teaching elementary general music in the Clark County School District for over 21 years and is a regular presenter for school district staff development sessions. Tim directed students in various children’s performances at the 2002 AOSA National Conference in Las Vegas. In the 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013 and 2015 National AOSA Conferences (various locations) Tim was a conference session presenter. Tim has been a clinician at Orff workshops all over the country and Canada since 2004. Being a percussionist, Tim has found Orff-Schulwerk to be a natural fit for him.


Chapter Sharing
Apr 9, 2022  9am – 1pm
Virtual Chapter Sharing
(more info soon)

SDAOSA Chapter Sharing

Various chapter members share favorite lessons.

Chapter Share on March 13, 2021

If you are interested in sharing, please be sure to sign up using the google form linked at the bottom of this post!

Sing, say, dance, and play with SDAOSA’s brilliant educators!

Our next workshop is coming up on Saturday, March 13th at 9:30-11:30am. It will be a virtual chapter share and we want to learn from you! You will have between 10 and 15 minutes to share your ideas, lessons, and activities! If you are interested in sharing, please sign up on this google form: SDAOSA Chapter Share Sign-Up.

If you have any questions please email:  sdaosapres@gmail.com or sashanstone@gmail.com

For other info, please click the links below, or see the menu.

Fees for all workshops are included with an SDAOSA membership.
Click HERE to PAY FEES (if paying for just one workshop).

2020-2021 Professional Development Workshops

Fees for all workshops are included with an SDAOSA membership *
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  • Sept 12, 2020  9:30-11:30am – Roger Sams & David Thaxton
  • Oct 10, 2020  9:30-11:30am – Casey Goryeb & Crystal Pridmore
  • (Nov 14, 2020  see aosa.org – AOSA Virtual Symposium) *
  • Dec 5, 2020  10:30-11:30am – SDAOSA Community Hour
  • Jan 23, 2021  9:30-11:30am – Drue Bullington & Community Hour
  • Feb 6, 2021  9:30 – 11:30am – Natasha Thurmon
  • Mar 13, 2021  9:30-11:30am – Chapter Share
  • Apr 10, 2021  10:30-11:30am – SDAOSA Community Hour
  • May 8, 2021  10:00-12:00noon – Kanisha Howard
  • May 22, 2021  10:30 – 11:30am – SDAOSA Community Hour

* NOT included in SDAOSA membership fee but highly recommended

SDAOSA Community Hours are for checking in with one another, celebrating teaching successes from this very unique school year, sharing and processing our emotions, and simply enjoying one another’s company.

Roger Sams & David Thaxton
Sept 12, 2020

Roger Sams
David Thaxton

Tending To Teacher (Roger Sams) and Reconnecting With Joy (David Thaxton)

Roger Sams will lead us in activities to center ourselves and go into the next school year caring for our artistic, teacher souls. As we begin a school year unlike any other, meet with SDAOSA to learn some tried and true (and fun!) distance learning lessons from David Thaxton.

Let’s face it, these are very demanding days on planet earth. The whole world is in crisis and transition. Some days just getting out of bed and showing up for life feels like an accomplishment. There’s a lot to manage in our lives, in our jobs, and within our hearts and minds. In this workshop, Roger Sams, a trained Gestalt therapist as well as music educator, shares artful processes for nurturing yourself – body, mind, and spirit – through your artistry as you serve your students and your community with your teaching and with your presence. Self-care is no longer optional. It is a requirement if we’re going to be our best selves in the world. Let’s come together for an hour and learn a little bit about how to tend to ourselves while we tending to the well-being and the education of our students. Everybody wins when we learn to be attentive to self-care.

Come experience the joy of unfolding creativity through Orff Schulwerk approaches in a variety of settings both digitally and in-person. We will explore ways to refocus on student-centered music making with student choice and improvisation. Discover elemental approaches to voice, percussion, ukulele, recorder and composition that have foundations in face-to-face instruction, but that are modified to work in a digital or blended learning environment.

Casey Goryeb & Crystal Pridmore
Oct 10, 2020

Casey Goryeb
Crystal Pridmore

Move it and Bon Appetit! Orff Schulwerk Process to Performance

Using children’s literature as a point of inspiration, Casey will lead participants as they sing, say, dance, and play their way through a series of activities that can be used for any elementary class. Each activity will include an opportunity for participants to explore the concepts through movement, song, and playing instruments. All activities can be modified to fit a virtual or in-person lesson. Crystal will lead participants through a series of movement-focused lessons inspired by SEL literature to help students explore and process their feelings and emotions. All activities will be appropriate for both in-person and virtual teaching.

AOSA Digital Conference
Nov 14, 2020
please see aosa.org

This digital conference requires addtional NATIONAL AOSA membership and is NOT INCLUDED with just SDAOSA membership. We highly recommend it though!

SDAOSA Community Hour
Dec 5, 2020

SDAOSA Community Hours are for checking in with one another, celebrating teaching successes from this very unique school year, sharing and processing our emotions, and simply enjoying one another’s company.

Drue Bullington and SDAOSA Community Hour
Jan 23, 2021

Drue Bullington

Playful Possibilities

This adventure will have us exploring what playful possibilities elemental music and movement offers us (teacher/facilitators and our student learners) to be innovative, creative, and collaborative artists. The activities will be transferable to in-person, hybrid, or fully online learning models.

Please bring along your Orff Schulwerk Volume I, a hand drum, a smile, and a playful spirit! We will spend time together after Drue’s presentation to check in with each other.

Natasha Thurmon
Feb 6, 2021

Natasha Thurmon

Finding Balance in a Virtual World

Teaching during times of COVID-19 can be challenging: is learning in person, online, or hybrid? Do you teach from home, at school, or even on a cart? How do you create lessons that will add value to your students’ lives without overwhelming anyone? On top of it all, how do you maintain your own personal health and happiness (as well as your family’s) and maintain balance? This workshop will provide teachers with tips and tricks to use in various teaching settings, while centering the mental and emotional health of both teachers and children.

Chapter Share
Mar 13, 2021

Sing, say, dance, and play with SDAOSA’s brilliant educators!

SDAOSA Community Hour
Apr 10, 2021

SDAOSA Community Hours are for checking in with one another, celebrating teaching successes from this very unique school year, sharing and processing our emotions, and simply enjoying one another’s company.

Kanisha Howard
May 8, 2021

Kanisha Howard

Turning a D.R.E.A.M. Into Reality

We welcome Kanisha Howard as she shares her perspective of how to promote and include D.R.E.A.M.- Diversity, Resources, Equity, and Anti-Racism in Music Education.

SDAOSA Community Hour
May 22, 2021
10:30 – 11:30am

SDAOSA Community Hours are for checking in with one another, celebrating teaching successes from this very unique school year, sharing and processing our emotions, and simply enjoying one another’s company.

Important chapter news

From executive board member Sharon Evans (April 6, 2020):

Dear SDAOSA Members,

We hope you are all doing well during this difficult season. Crystal Pridmore, incoming SDAOSA President, wanted to recognize the amazing Margie Orem for all of her faithful years of service to the chapter in many roles (some repeated) and particularly for her leadership the past two years as president. We had hoped to celebrate her at the March workshop with a parting gift, cards of love, and our gratitude. Feel free to send her an email anytime thanking her for a job well done since it may be a while before we are able to meet again.

The SDAOSA Executive Board also wanted to convey our deepest thanks to other board members who are stepping down: Debbie Burton (Past President) and Zoe Kumagai (Secretary). Your work and talent was so appreciated!!! Big thanks also to Tom, Crystal, Sasha, Sharon M, Tiffany, Sandra, Ondrya, Dorothy, Bethany, Maya, Kevin, Marc, Kathy, Angelina, Jonathan and all the rest who gave of their time to help (forgive any omissions).

Marc Keehmer, the San Diego Area Orff Levels Course Director wanted to tell you that ALL LEVELS TRAINING for our San Diego area has been CANCELED this summer (many throughout the US as well). We are deeply disappointed about this development but hope San Diego Area Levels will return in 2021.

The votes are in and the membership has APPROVED the appointment of the new board.  Thanks to all who voted and to the dedicated folks below who are giving their time and talent to support the important work of the chapter.

SDAOSA 2020-2021 elected board members:

  • President: Crystal Pridmore (Executive Board)
  • Past President: Margie Orem (Executive Board)
  • Vice President: Sasha Stone (Executive Board)
  • Secretary: Jonathan Seligman (Executive Board)
  • Treasurer: Ondrya Leavitt (Executive Board)
  • Membership: Amber Gustafson
  • Historian: Marc Keehmer
  • Member at Large: Sandra Cam​a​ren​a​

Here is the planned workshop schedule for 2020-2021:

  • 9/12/2020 Paul Cribari
  • 10/10/2020 Tim Wiegand
  • 2/20/2021 Aimee Curtis Pfitzner
  • 3/13/2021 Chapter Sharing​

So our amazing Margie Orem says, “Adieu.” And we joyfully welcome our new President, Crystal and the fabulous team that will support her. On a personal note, it has been an honor to serve SDAOSA in the roles of treasurer and membership coordinator and I am thankful for Ondrya and Amber’s willingness to step into these positions in the years ahead.

We wish you health and strength as you face these upcoming months. We look forward to coming together in the next school year and will keep you posted regarding any changes or developments.

All the Best,
Sharon Evans for the Executive Board

Summer 2020 Levels canceled

Hello all,

Thank you for taking the time to read this email, I will keep it brief and concise. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, we are going to be canceling the 2020 Summer Levels course in Chula Vista. It appears that the future is too uncertain, and with all of the planning & preparation that is needed to run a successful levels course, we currently cannot make those plans or continue the preparation. As with many other districts throughout California, CVESD will be completing this school year exclusively online. I am extremely disappointed, however, we are already looking into dates for the summer of 2021. During this time of uncertainty, it is so important as music educators that we do not forget to make music. I encourage you to contact someone via zoom or any other platform and just create music.  Please be on the lookout for dates and workshops with the San Diego AOSA chapter for the 2020- 2021 year.

Thank you for your time and be safe,

Marc Keehmer
Course Director

March 14 Chapter Share & Music Faire

Updated March 13 at 1:28pm:  We regret to say our Chapter Share Workshop has been canceled! Please stay safe and healthy!

From Margie Orem (SDAOSA president):

SDAOSA March 14 Local Chapter Share and a Chapter Music Faire
9:00-1:30 at E.B. Scripps Elementary School
11778 Cypress Canyon Road, San Diego

The Chapter Share workshops are member favorites. There will be many kid-tested, varied activities/lessons from many music teachers in the chapter in this fast-paced, “something for everybody” workshop. (If you are presenting, you have already been contacted and an updated schedule will arrive by Tuesday).

•Bring money to buy others’ gently used treasures.
•Bring your recorder.
•Plan on voting for the new SDAOSA Board which will take
place during a break.

Please look over the proposed slate of new officers.
If you have any questions, please direct them to Margie, Crystal, Sharon Evans or Zoe (your current executive board). 

SDAOSA 2020-2021
President: Crystal Pridmore (Executive)
Past President: Margie Orem (Executive)
Vice President: Sasha Stone (Executive)
Secretary: Jonathan Seligman (Executive)
Membership: Amber Gustafson
Treasurer: Ondrya Leavitt (Executive)
Historian: Marc Keehmer
Member at Large: Sandra Cam​a​ren​a​

Materials Faire Details:
Bring unwanted items to sell or donate.
(If selling, arrive by 8:30 to set up).
1. You handle all setup, clean up, sales and the making of change.
2. You are asked to donate a good portion or all of the sales proceeds to the chapter.
3. Contact Sharon sdaosatreasurer@gmail.com with questions.

Reminder:  Levels I,II, & III 2020 in Chula Vista this summer.
Mark Keehmer contact person.
Save-the-date flyer HERE!

Thank you all for your help!!!
Margie Orem
SDAOSA President