ORFF Workshops 2018-19 Season
Feb. 9th, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Kyrene Middle School- 1050 E Carver Rd, Tempe, 85284
An Evening of Dance
Joshua Block is in his 20th year teaching music and movement at public and private schools. He currently teaches Pre-K through eighth grade music at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix. Joshua is a Past President of AZ Orff and teaches movement classes for Orff-Schulwerk certification courses in Arizona, New Mexico, and San Diego. He has also completed his Kodály certification and is a Past President of Arizona Kodály Teachers Society. He is a past member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association Board of Trustees and has presented sessions at the AOSA National Conference. He is a frequent presenter at Orff Chapters around the country and has presented for the Chinese Orff-Schulwerk Association in Chengdu, Sichuan. Joshua has articles published in Reverberations and the Orff Echo. He is director of the Cadet Choir for the Phoenix Boys Choir and teaches private piano and voice lessons.
Joshua has a BS in Music Education from Grand Canyon University and a ME in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. He teaches classes on dance, music, creativity, and imagination at Arizona State University.
This event is free if you are an AZ Orff member. Non-member price for this event is $5. For this event only, families are invited! $5 will cover the admission of ALL members of your family, including spouses and children!
February 23, 2019; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Scaffolding Movement Through Your Curriculum
This workshop will present ideas of scaffolding movement activities to build and reinforce music and movement concepts and skills; leading students into traditional dances; and creating interesting choreographic staging. Move and think through possible processes from young ones to older students.
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).