Workshop Schedule

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Sep 11, 2021  9am – 1pm  Manju Durairaj
Oct 9, 2021  9am – 1pm  Paul Cribari
Feb 12, 2022  9am – 1pm  Aimee Curtis Pfitzner
Mar 12, 2022  9am – 1pm  Tim Wiegand
Apr 9, 2022  9am – 1pm  Chapter Sharing

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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.”

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

(Workshop title and description coming soon).

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.

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Aimee Curtis Pfitzner
Feb 12, 2022
9:00am – 1:00pm

(Workshop title and description coming soon).

Aimee Curtis Pfitzner has been the Lower School Music Director at Cannon School in Concord for 23 years and has taught music for 27 years. She holds a Masters of Music degree from UNC-Greensboro and completed Level I Orff-Schulwerk Training at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, Levels II and III at UNLV, and Master’s Level at the University of Memphis. Aimee is a frequent presenter at music workshops and conferences in the US and Canada. Her books: Hands to HandsHands to Hands Too, Painted Music, Sing a Song, Play a Game, and Playful Possibilities are available from Beatin’ Path Publications. She is passionate about music making, gardening, adoption, and anything and everything creative; painting, zendoodling, digital scrapbooking, making jewelry, writing music, crafting, and sewing. When not teaching or writing music, singing, or creating, Aimee can be found musically musing on her blog www.ofortunaorff.com 

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

(Workshop title and description coming soon).

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.

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Chapter Sharing
April 9, 2022
9:00am – 1:00pm

SDAOSA Chapter Sharing

Various chapter members share favorite lessons.