Welcome to San Diego AOSA

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 

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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 *
Click HERE for details and to PAY FEES.

  • 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.

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

2019-2020 Professional Development Workshops

September 14, 2019 – David Frego
October 19, 2019 – Debbie Burton & Margie Orem
February 1, 2020 – Brian Burnett
March 14, 2020 – Chapter Sharing

All workshops begin at 9:00am.
Location — E.B. Scripps Elementary.
Walk-in fees for non-members apply.
Click HERE for details and to PAY FEES.

David Frego
September 14, 2019
(9:00am – 3:00pm)

“Meaningful Movement: Dalcroze Eurythmics in the General Music Classroom”

David Frego is professor and director of the School of Music at Penn State. He joined the music faculty in 2017 after serving for nine years as chair of music at the University of Texas at San Antonio and 12 years as faculty and associate director at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Frego is past president of the American Eurhythmics Society and the Dalcroze Society of America, and regularly presents workshops on Dalcroze Eurhythmics throughout the globe. While performing artists of all ages benefit from rhythmic training, eurhythmics in teacher training is an important focus of Dr. Frego’s research. Other teaching and research areas include dance philosophy and the application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as palliative care for adults with post-traumatic stress.

David Frego has published book chapters, DVDs, books, and articles in both music education journals and medical journals for arts medicine. Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics was co-authored with Dr. Marla Butke.

Debbie Burton & Margie Orem
October 19, 2019
(9:00am – 1:30pm)

“Falling Through The Holidays”

This workshop shares piggy-back songs, games, movement activities, and dances highlighting Autumn through Winter. This workshop incorporates Debbie Burton and Margie Orem’s personalized Kodaly/Orff Scope and Sequence lesson planning materials, analysis of activities shared, and techniques for ways to integrate your material into your own scope and sequence. Bring your recorder and be ready to play and take pictures of their many posters and activities. TOO MANY for the notes! See you Saturday, October 19th from 8:50-1:30 at EB Scripps. Happy Fall, y’all!

Debbie Burton has her B.A. in music education from Union University in Jackson, TN; and her MMED with Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names College in Oakland, CA. She has Orff Levels I, II, III (University of Memphis, TN), and Kodaly Levels I, II, III (New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA). She has been an elementary, middle, and high school music specialist for over 30 years, specializing in elementary education, concert and jazz band instruction, and choral and handbell performing groups. Ms. Burton taught classroom music, K-5, at Jerabek Elementary School and Crown Point Junior Music Academy, and is/has been an adjunct professor at several San Diego universities and colleges teaching Music for Elementary School Teachers. She is a local and national Orff and Kodaly presenter. Ms. Burton is a past treasurer and past president of the San Diego AOSA chapter and was co-local conference chair (LCC3) in charge of instruments for the 2015 National AOSA Conference in San Diego.

Margie Orem is an award-winning choral director who is devoted to music education for children and teachers alike. Since 1975, she has taught music at every level, from preschool through college. Ms. Orem received her bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in the art of teaching. She has completed all three levels of Orff and completed level one of Henry Leck’s Creating Artistry choral conducting program. Ms. Orem conducted the San Diego Unified School District’s (SDUSD) honor choir in 1992, 1999, 2007, and 2010; and the Tennessee All State Treble Choir in 2017. She was honored as the Choral Director of the Year for SDUSD in 1999 and as the 2005 MENC/CMEA-SBR Outstanding Elementary Music Specialist. Ms. Orem served in many capacities for the San Diego AOSA chapter including president and 2015 National AOSA Conference instruments committee co-chair. She is a local and national presenter for the American Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly Associations. She was a classroom music teacher at Jerabek Elementary School (1990-2017) teaching pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Ms. Orem has been a teacher/conductor with the San Diego Children’s Choir since 2004.

Brian Burnett
February 1, 2020
(9:00am – 3:00pm)

“Process? What Process?”

Examine the most effective approach for your task. Move from simple phrase-rote process to antiphonal process depending on the experience and ability of the students. The latter illustrates the phrase structure of a melody or movement. This speeds up the understanding for call & response songs. Canon work, and Dalcroze quick-reaction games, lead students to an awareness of the other while building concentration and audiation. Please bring your soprano recorders.

Brian Burnett taught elemental music K-6 near Toledo, Ohio for 35 years, teaches AOSA teacher-education courses, and serves as the National Conference Director for AOSA. He was a contributor to both the Share the Music and the Spotlight on Music textbook series and has published articles for the Orff Echo, the OMEA Triad and MMB Music’s Teaching With Orff website. He has presented workshops across the nation and Canada.

Chapter Sharing
March 14, 2020
(9:00am – 1:30pm)

“Chapter Sharing”

Members of our chapter share their favorite lessons.

Please note: While the workshop materials are designed to be used by those who work with children, SDAOSA workshops are for ADULTS ONLY. Our liability insurance does not allow us to have children at these workshops.

2018-2019 Professional Development Workshops

September 15, 2018 – Keith Terry
October 20, 2018 – Maribeth Yoder-White
February 2, 2019 – Richard Lawton
March 23, 2019 – Chapter Sharing

All workshops begin at 9:00am.
Location — E.B. Scripps Elementary.
Walk-in fees for non-members apply.
Click HERE for more details and to pay fees.
For a flyer to download/ print/ share, please click HERE.

Keith Terry
September 15, 2018
(9:00am – 1:30pm)

“Body Music”

As a “Body Musician,” Keith Terry uses the oldest musical instrument in the world — the human body (his own) — as the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities. In this very active workshop, Keith shares with music educators how he bridges the gap between music and dance and cultivates interdisciplinary, intercultural and interdepartmental artistic relationships. Keith shares how he expands his students’ abilities to hear and execute complex rhythms through Body Music and related rhythmic studies, how he gets students to connect with their inner choreographers and composers, how he encourages intercultural collaboration, and how Body Music can facilitate the creation of multi-disciplinary performance. A collaborator by nature, Keith worked to cultivate the connections between World Arts and Cultures and the Departments of Theater, Music and Ethnomusicology and others.

Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm-dancer/educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades. As a soloist he has appeared in such settings as Lincoln Center, Bumbershoot, NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, PRI’s The World, the Vienna International Dance Festival, and the Paradiso van Slag World Drum Festival in Amsterdam. His groups (Corposonic, Slammin All-Body Band, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, Crosspulse Duo with Evie Ladin, Professor Terry’s Circus Band Extraordinaire, and Body Tjak with I Wayan Dibia) have performed in a variety of venues including Joe’s Pub, WNYC, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC); Grand Performances, LACMA Jazz, the Roxy, and the Skirball Center (LA); SFJazz, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Woodford Festival in Australia, and the Bali Arts Festival. In addition, Keith has performed with a wide range of artists including Charles “Honi” Coles, Turtle Island Quartet, Bill Irwin, Jovino Santos Neto, Barbatuques, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Kenny Endo, Freddie Hubbard, Tex Williams, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin. As a producer he has created 5 CDs and 4 DVDs for Crosspulse Media. Keith Terry is the founding Artistic Director of the International Body Music Festival (IBMF). Launched in 2008, this annual festival explores the language of body music from culture to culture and has been produced in the US, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia and France.  In 2010 Keith directed and performed in IBMF’s “Americas” concert for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York. Keith is a Guggenheim Fellow and an Asian Cultural Council Fellow, as well as the Founding Director of Crosspulse, a 38 year-old, Oakland, CA – based, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and performance of rhythm-based intercultural music and dance. For more info see: http://www.crosspulse.com/

Maribeth Yoder-White
October 20, 2018
(9:00am – 1:30pm)

“From Point A to B: It’s All About Process”

While music teachers differ in pedagogical approach, materials, and instructional strategies, we share a common goal of adding value to children’s lives through the vehicle of music. Our current National Music Standards suggest we enrich children’s lives by cultivating music literacy through creating, performing, and responding. Certainly these artistic processes are deeply embedded in the Orff-Schulwerk approach. While we may share common goals, one of the defining features of the Orff-Schulwerk approach separating us from “traditional” music instruction is process, the steps by which we lead children to experience and understand music. Through active learning, children imitate, explore, and create music, thereby developing music literacy and skills. This workshop is designed to allow participants to experience and reflect on varied approaches to process and to consider the application of various strategies in their respective classrooms. Come prepared to sing, dance, play, and create in community as together we experiment with ideas and learn with playfulness, freedom, and joy!

Dr. Yoder-White is a certified Orff-Schulwerk specialist and frequently presents workshops featuring her compositions and arrangements. She teaches Orff-Schulwerk certification courses at Appalachian State University and Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia, and serves as clinician and author for Silver Burdett Making Music and Silver Burdett Interactive Music. Additionally, Yoder-White maintains active participation in music education research and has presented papers and authored articles in international, national, regional, and state arenas. She was a presenter at the Spokane (2010) and Pittsburgh (2011) National American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Conferences and has presented workshops to AOSA chapters in Washington, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She served as keynote presenter at the 2003 and 2005 Hawaii Music Educators Association Conferences in Honolulu and traveled to Thailand and Hong Kong in 2004 to present at the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) Conference. Yoder-White frequently works in international schools in Asia, teaching demonstration lessons and leading professional development workshops for teachers.

Richard Lawton
February 2, 2019
(9:00am – 1:30pm)

“Getting Your Orff Groove On”

The groove — it is that wonderful spot where musicians of all skill levels meet to exchange ideas, give and witness testimony, or just hang out and make merry. It is also, Orff teachers know, the spot where the most successful instruction takes place.

This workshop will showcase a variety of student-tested strategies designed to spark creativity and to get kids blissfully improvising and collaborating in what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “a state of flow.” Bring your soprano recorder and/or your ukulele. And get ready to get down!

Richard Lawton is the K-5 general music teacher at Roscomare Road Elementary School in Los Angeles. Richard received his M. Mus. and Orff Levels Certification from California State University, Los Angeles. He is an American Center for Elementary Music and Movement Spotlight Award Winner (Summer 2016) and the 2018 CMEA/Peripole General Music Teacher of the Year. Richard is an American Orff Schulwerk Association certified recorder instructor, a member of the Orff Echo and General Music Today editorial boards, and a past presenter at numerous state and national conferences, including the 2015 and 2017 AOSA National Conferences.

Chapter Sharing
March 23, 2019
(9:00am – 3:30pm)

“Make It, Take It, Share It”

“Make It, Take It, Share It” will be a 6-hour workshop (9:00a-3:30p*) devoted to successful classroom activities from talented peers within our chapter. The morning will open with mixers, songs, and games and then will move to activities utilizing makeable props/manipulatives for quick implementation in your classroom. The final portion of the day will focus on literature using books, manipulatives, games, songs, and dances to systematically take us through the Schulwerk process. *We will provide a paid lunch option for the day.

Please note: While the workshop materials are designed to be used by those who work with children, SDAOSA workshops are for ADULTS ONLY. Our liability insurance does not allow us to have children at these workshops.

Rob Amchin – Sept 16

“Come And Play The Orff-Schulwerk Way!”

Please join us for our first SDAOSA workshop of the 2017-2018 school year! See the menu (or sidebar) for more info you might need. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 16th
At (new location!!!) Ocean Air Elementary School

The presenter will be the wonderful Dr. Rob Amchin.

Workshop description: Start your year by engaging your students in child-centered learning and exploratory activities. We will explore ideas to start your year and ways to extend these throughout the year. Discover the magic of teaching with the Orff process. Sing, dance, laugh, and play! Please bring a recorder.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Amchin is a distinguished professor of Music Education at the University of Louisville. His training includes studies at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), New England Conservatory, Memphis State, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan. Dr. Amchin is the author of many books for the elementary general music classroom. A sought after Orff pedagogue, Dr. Amchin has taught Orff teacher training courses, master classes, and workshops at local, state, and national events throughout the world.

Dr. Amchin’s website: