Workshops

Workshops 2021-2022

We’d love to see you at any of our yearly workshops so that we can share our love of the Orff approach and help you gain ideas to use in your classroom!  

What to expect at Our Workshops

Workshop participants do not need to be trained in the Orff Schulwerk approach in order to attend – in fact, we love to introduce new people to the magic of Orff! Music teachers and other educators are welcome to attend our workshops, and need not become members of Atlanta Orff or AOSA in order to participate. Pre-registration is not necessary. 

Preparing for your workshop: 

Expect to move, sing, create, and play! You’ll be actively exploring elements of Orff pedagogy, experimenting with composition and improvisation processes, and generating practical ideas for your classroom. Printed workshop notes are included with each session – participants are welcome to jot down notes of their own, but Orff Schulwerk is best experienced through immersion in the process

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow you to move about freely (some participants choose to work barefoot or in dance shoes). Bring along your soprano recorder if you have one.  To accommodate participants with allergies, we ask that you refrain from strong fragrances. Most of our workshops are from 9:00 to 1:00.  Coffee and snacks are provided!

Fees, Registration, and Times

  • $30 for Local Membership
  • $100 for Local Membership and full workshop series
  • $25 for individual workshops (Chapter Members)
  • $40 for individual workshops (Non-Members)
  • Workshops are free for full-time undergraduate students and student teachers

To register for workshops and/or to become a member, go to Membership.

Liban Gómez

"Back to the elementals: playful stories, building blocks, and creative movements as a way to learn, create, explore, and bring awareness to the classroom."

June 22 | Virtual Workshop | 6pm-8pm

Liban O. Gómez was born in the Dominican Republic and has been teaching for 13 years at The School of Higher Expectations P.S. 66 in the Bronx, New York City. Liban previously taught grades 2 and 5 working particularly with the English Language Learners. He has been teaching General Music and Music Through Literacy to students from Pre-K – 5th for over 10 years. In addition to that, he also teaches violin after school at the same school. At The City College of New York, he received his Bachelors’ Degrees in Childhood Education, Italian Literature and Language, and Mathematics followed by a Master’s in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). He completed his Orff Levels I and II in New York City and obtained his Orff Certification at George Mason University. He is the current president of the New York City Chapter of AOSA. Liban frequently and actively attended numerous workshops offered from different parts of the world. Liban is a polyglot and has traveled around the world to learn and explore other cultures. He loves and enjoys teaching, movement, sports, traveling, and photography.

Come join us for a fun night of learning!  This workshop will be held via Zoom and is $30 for members and nonmembers alike.  Click below to register.  We hope to see you there!

Gretchen Wahlberg and Sandy Lantz

"Come Mix it Up!"

September 25, 2021 | Chattahoochee Elementary | 9am-1pm

Come Mix It UP with Sandy and Gretchen.  Bring a ukulele and enjoy learning/reviewing basic chords and strumming and in addition, learn strategies to integrate this wonderful instrument in your classroom!  Who doesn’t love to drum??? Bring your drum and play with us!  Lessons will include primary through intermediate activities, as well as, performance ideas.  Finally, add some children’s lit to the MIX!  Enjoy some wonderful children’s books and help them come to life with drama, singing, playing and improvising  

Matthew Stensrud

"Playful Yet Effortless: Using the Schulwerk to Enhance Creativity"

October 30, 2021 | Brumby Elementary | 9am-1pm

There’s always a place for creation – a folk dance with a twist, a chance to explore the xylophone, or an opportunity to see what your body can do with one word – but pulling these ideas from our students can be challenging. Let’s go back to the Schulwerk roots of playfulness, discovery, and wonder as we explore these ideas and more through student-led choices, improvisation, risk-taking, and more. We’ll unearth the unexpected, so join us on the journey!

Matthew Stensrud  teaches kindergarten through fourth grade general music at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013 and is an Orff Schulwerk Certified Teacher Educator of Movement, currently teaching at the Portland Orff Course in Portland, OR. Matthew serves as President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of AOSA and on the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo, the quarterly publication of AOSA. He was also a Key Content Contributor to the book, Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas. He was Teacher of the Year in 2017 and recognized with the Spotlight Award by the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in Summer 2017. He lives with his husband in Alexandria, Virginia. You can find Matthew on social media @MisterSOrff on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on his YouTube page, or at www.mistersorff.com.

Erika Knapp

"Keeping the P.L.A.Y. in the Schulwerk"

February 5, 2022 | Brumby Elementary | 9am-1pm

This workshop will focus on active music making experiences with students that incorporate authentic opportunities for creativity, assessment, and above all, PLAY! Participants will come away with fresh ideas to take to their classrooms and strategies to incorporate authentic assessment without taking the fun out of the room! Bring a soprano recorder with you and wear comfortable clothes. Come ready to sing, say, dance and PLAY the Orff Schulwerk way!

Patrick Ware

"Hip Cats and Cool Kids"

March 5, 2022| Chattahoochee Elementary | 9am-1pm

Join us as we explore the world of jazz in the general music classroom. Be prepared to scat, swing, move and grove as we mesh the Schulwerk with America’s music – Jazz! You will experience all aspects of the Schulwerk from speech and song to rhythm and movement. Student success guaranteed.

Chapter Share

April 23, 2022 | Chattahoochee Elementary | 9am-1pm

Members who attended the November Professional Development Conference in Charleston, SC will share some of their favorite activities and ideas from conference sessions.  This workshop is free for all to attend!