ORFF Workshops 2018-19 Season
August 25, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Inspiring Creative Movement and Dance through Body Awareness
Begin your school year learning a variety of restful and playful movement activities which will help you and your students become more physically and mentally balanced for success. We will explore how body awareness can act as a dynamic source of inspiration and support for creative movement, dancing and singing. We will delve into warm-ups focused on breath awareness, balancing, centering, rocking, and rolling as springboards for developing movement and singing skills. Come sing, dance, rest, and play!
Participants are invited to bring a yoga mat or blanket for floor work.
Aaron Ford teaches elementary general music and middle school band at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix. He has been teaching music for 18 years in both public and private schools in Arizona, New York City, Alaska, Kansas and Hawaii. In 2018, Aaron mentored with Danai Gagné and Lissa Ray, participating in the AOSA pilot program to certify Orff Movement Levels instructors. He is certified to teach Orff Movement Levels I, II, and III and taught this summer at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and DePaul University in Chicago. He received his Orff Certification from George Mason University, with other Levels courses at the San Francisco International Orff Course, the Trevor Institute in NYC, and the University of Lincoln. Aaron is on the board of the Arizona Orff Chapter and previously served on the board of the New York City Orff Chapter. He has a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in K-12 Vocal Music Education from Emporia State University. Prior to becoming a music teacher, he received a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapy with a Specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University. He has studied various Somatics practices including the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique and Continuum. Aaron currently enjoys studying the cello.
October 27, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Energize Your Music Room, Then Light Up the Stage!
For this workshop I will be presenting a continuation of my 2010 National Conference session titled "Engaging Games, Activities that Work". In this two part workshop you can expect to walk away with several practical, creative classroom lessons that will energize and motivated your students to participate like never before. We will then experience some original performance pieces for choirs, recorder clubs, dance teams, and mallet ensembles intended to raise the level of students’ musicianship. Along the way Tim will share some great percussion techniques, classroom management ideas, and give examples of incorporating technology into your performances.
Tim Wiegand graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Music Education, and received his Masters Degree with an "emphasis in Orff-Schulwerk" from The 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 developments. Tim directed performance groups at the 2002 AOSA Conference. In 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013 and 2015 Tim also presented sessions at the AOSA National Conference. Tim has been presenting Orff workshops all over the country and Canada since 2004. Being a percussionist in the field of Orff-Schulwerk has been a natural fit for Tim.
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February 23, 2019; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Scaffolding Movement Through Your Curriculum
Judith Thompson-Barthwell is a retired music educator of 44 years. She has taught in public school for 32 years and private school for 12. In her career, she has educated students in elementary, middle and high school including general music, choir and dance. She received her Orff certification from Denver and Memphis, and she has taught movement in many Orff courses across the country. Judith was a contributing author in movement of the 2005 Silver Burdett Ginn, Making Music Series, and awarded the Michigan Music Educator or the Year award in 2012. With degrees in music education, piano, voice, dance and elementary education, Judith has always been interested in learning about different cultures. She is currently the Director of the Michigan Orff Collage Levels Course in Michigan and Treasurer of AOSA.
April 27, 2019; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Seeds and Scaffolds: Growing Improvisation
in the Orff Classroom
Come Play!!! Experience a plethora of games, activities, techniques, pieces and processes to facilitate creation and improvisation with movement, song, percussion and recorder. From storytelling to Brazilian jumping games, building structures for creation and improvisation begin and end with joyful and active play!
David Thaxton is from Sparks, Nevada where is currently in his 23rd year teaching Elementary music to pre-K through 6th grade. After studying bass trombone under Buddy Baker and Jack Robinson at the University of Northern Colorado, he studied the Orff Schulwerk approach under Elizabeth Gilpatrick, Judith Cole and Penny Mahoney at Colorado State University, UNC Greeley and the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received all three levels of Orff Certification, as well as studying under Kay Lehto at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to receive certification as an AOSA approved Levels Course Educator. David teaches Level I pedagogy for the University of Nevada, Reno Summer Orff Course as well as the Orff Level I pedagogy and Level II Recorder for the San Diego Summer Orff Course. David has presented workshops and clinics at local, state and national levels and presents to Orff chapters throughout the country. He has also served as President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of AOSA where he was co-founder of the Sierra Nevada Orff Festival. At the national level, he has served on the Editorial Board of The Echo Journal of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and is currently on the Editorial Board of Reverberations. For the past two years, he has been the Creative Director and Lead Clinician for the Four Corners Young Musicians Summer Camp in Durango, Colorado. David was also recently awarded the “Spotlight Educator Award” for the Winter of 2017 from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM).