ORFF Workshops 2019-20 Season
Saturday August 24, 2019 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Creating an Active and Engaging Elementary Choral Classroom with the Orff Method
Come learn about and experience the diverse applications of the Schulwerk, specifically in the elementary choral classroom. Re-imagine how to incorporate warm-ups and teaching vocal technique. Learn how to transform vocal warm-ups and folk songs into active and engaging experiences for students that incorporate singing, movement, collaboration, improvisation, creating, resonant speech, instruments, and body percussion. Whether you come from a vocal or instrumental background, synthesizing the Orff approach in an elementary choral classroom will help bring the singing in your classroom to life!
A New York Native, Lisa Blasi moved to the Valley of the Sun to study Music at Arizona State
University where she completed her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Music Education.
Lisa also received all three levels of Orff training at ASU. She has had the privilege of teaching
K-12th Grade Music in various school settings throughout Arizona. In 2015, she was awarded a
grant to open up a performing arts school for underprivileged students in Mesa called Bellas
Artes Performing Arts School. In 2018, Lisa started a community choir in her home town of
Gilbert, AZ. The choir is growing in leaps and bounds and has had much success.
Lisa is passionate about teaching proper vocal technique with an Orff and Kodaly emphasis and
is currently writing a curriculum on creating an active and engaging elementary choral
classroom. She greatly enjoys the opportunity to share ideas from her teaching experience with
fellow music teachers at National Conferences and Orff chapters across the country. Lisa
believes that movement and kinesthetic awareness greatly aid the developing voice causing it to
grow and flourish.
Saturday October 19, 2019 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Connect with Purpose! Curriculum Integration through the Arts
Several lessons will be presented at this workshop that demonstrate how student learning can be enhanced in other subject areas through the performing arts; music, movement, and drama.
Terri Scullin graduated from Boston University in 1988 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She received all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk training at the University of Massachusetts / Lowell and obtained her Orff-Schulwerk Training Certificate in 1990. Her Orff-Schulwerk training has been an integral part of her music classroom throughout her teaching career and she is currently working on a Master of Arts in Integrated Arts in Education through the University of Montana.
She has been very fortunate to work in schools where Orff-Schulwerk training is required and supported. She taught for 10 years in the public school system of Andover, Massachusetts before relocating to Arizona in 1999. She is currently working at the Rio Grande School in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she teaches Performing Arts (Music, Drama and Movement) to students in Preschool – Grade 6.
Terri has presented teacher training workshops locally and nationally. She has presented for the Cambridge and Westwood, MA Public Schools, MMEA All State Conference, ASU Orff Level Courses, and for the Greater Arizona Reading council. She also presented workshops at the 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2013 National Orff Schulwerk Association Conferences and at several Orff chapters nationwide. She has also presented corporate team building workshops in drama and music for Cricket and American Express.
Terri is a member of the New Mexico AOSA chapter and has also been active member of both the New England AOSA and Arizona AOSA chapters.
AZ Orff-Sculwerk Association/AZ Kodály Teachers Society Chapter Share
Saturday January 11th 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join us for a morning of lesson ideas presented by members of the Arizona chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the Arizona Kodály Teachers Society.
Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Leap to Adventure! The Curiosity of Leap Day and the possibilities of Elemental Music and Movement
Take a journey of discovery and creativity! Together we'll experience process teaching lessons of Volumes pieces, improvise, and compose. We'll use a variety of media like speech, singing, body percussion, barred instruments, unpitched percussion, recorders, and maybe even a ukulele or two! Participants can expect to come away with some lesson ideas ready and waiting for Monday morning classes, and ideas for energizing your teaching for the rest of the school year.
And of course we'll find some interesting and unique ways to incorporate Leap Day! This quote has captivated some powerful thoughts about Leap Day:
"Today is an ephemeral ghost...A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not 'exist.' In mundane terms, it marks a 'leap' in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up! But this day holds another secret — it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability...A day of unlocked potential. Will you or won't you? Should you or shouldn't you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!" — Vera Nazarian
What if we replaced the idea of Leap Day being the rare "ephemeral ghost" with the rare times we come together to share our passions for teaching and learning through elemental music and movement?
What if the second half of the quote said, "[Time spent at an Orff Schulwerk workshop] today is an ephemeral ghost... A day of [pedagogical] tune up! But this day holds another secret — it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability...A day of unlocked potential. Will you or won't you? Should you or shouldn't you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!"
Leap at this chance!!! Dare to embrace the possibilities we'll create together!
Drue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown Elementary School in Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Bullington is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. Drue holds a second master’s degree from Wilkes University in Online Teaching and Learning with an Online Educator’s Certificate of Endorsement from the state of Pennsylvania. He has also participated in advanced Orff Schulwerk studies and an apprenticeship program in Orff Schulwerk at George Mason University.
Drue has taught in several Orff Schulwerk Levels Certification programs around the U.S. and offers numerous professional development and workshop sessions on elemental music and movement through the Orff Schulwerk Approach, elemental music and movement applications in the classroom, incorporating technology, and integrating the soprano ukulele into the K-12 music classroom. Drue serves on the board of Directors of the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement.
Drue and his wife, Elise, live in Lititz, PA. They enjoy an active life filled with travelling, culinary adventures and volunteering in their community.
Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m
Visual Arts as Inspiration
Using rich visuals as inspiration, workshop participants will sing, say, dance, and play their way through the morning. Stunning works of art will help spawn ideas for movement, improvisation, speech and song. Come find new ideas to re-energize your music classroom while making important co-curricular connections!
Laura Bercaw Petersen teaches general and choral music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Gettysburg College and completed her Master of Music in Music Education at George Mason University. She holds Level III and Master Level IV certifications in Orff Schulwerk pedagogy from George Mason University and has studied at the Orff Institut in Salzburg, Austria. Laura teaches movement in AOSA-approved summer teacher education courses and is an invited presenter both locally and nationally. She recently completed her term as Region IV Representative on the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.