SUMMER 2020 ON-LINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Many traditional AOSA-approved Teacher Education sites are developing  alternative, non-certification courses that can be delivered through remote learning platforms as a response to the current pandemic and postponement of many AOSA Teacher Education Levels courses.


AOSA has compiled the following list as a resource for our members seeking professional development. If you know of a course that should be included on this listing please contact education@aosa.org for submission details. Courses are listed alphabetically by title.

21st Century Orff Schulwerk: A Model for Collaborative Learning & Culturally Responsive Teaching ONLINE
VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, Manju Durairaj, instructor
This course provides teachers with means of using the Orff Schulwerk approach in the context of 21st century educational frameworks that focus on culturally responsive teaching and collaborative learning. The objective is to design and implement a curriculum based on the Orff Schulwerk approach where instruction uses cultural information and processes to scaffold learning, emphasizes communal orientation, and focuses on relationships, cognitive scaffolding, and critical social awareness.

A Brief Introduction to Orff!
Southern Methodist University, Michael Chandler, Julie Scott, and Meg Tietz, Instructors
Join us to explore several aspects of Orff Schulwerk for you to ponder as you consider taking the Level I Teacher Education Course in 2021! Together via Zoom, we’ll discuss the history and background, process, and movement- and music-making media of Orff Schulwerk.

Alexander Technique
George Mason University, Robbin Marcus, Instructor
Learn new ways to adjust to the daily physical and mental demands of music teaching.

Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action
University of St. Thomas, Diana Hawley, Instructor
The purpose of this course is to explore Jane Frazee’s Artful-Playful-Mindful model, a project-based framework for active music learning, characterized by performing, creating and thinking about musical ideas.

Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action
University of Kentucky, Diana Hawley, Instructor
The purpose of this course is to explore Jane Frazee’s Artful-Playful-Mindful model, a project-based framework for active music learning, characterized by performing, creating and thinking about musical ideas. 

Children’s Literature in an Elementary Music Classroom: Content Creation for On-site Instruction and E-Learning
DePaul University, Lisa Sullivan, Instructor
This course will explore children’s literature in the Elementary Music Classroom. The course will cover what to look for when choosing books to use, how to create lessons for singing, instruments, improvisation, composition, music literacy, and performances, process teaching and classroom management tips. Additionally e-learning content delivery will be covered, including teaching new material online, organizing electronic instruction, creating lessons with student responses, online student engagement and composing music to your student’s abilities.

Developing An Orff Schulwerk Curriculum
Southern Methodist University, Michael Chandler and Julie Scott, Instructors
This course emphasizes the pragmatic application and organization of music skills and concepts from the K–5 general music classroom as developed through Orff Schulwerk. The course includes a brief overview of prominent learning theorists and educational psychologists relevant to active music instruction and focuses on sequential music skill development that is age and grade appropriate. Course participants create an individual scope and sequence for grades K–5 based on Orff Schulwerk terminology and theory. Prerequisite: Orff Level I from any AOSA approved course.

Diving into the Work of Isabel McNeill Carley: An In-depth Study of Recorder Improvisation and Technique Book One
University of Kentucky, Mona Mann, Instructor
Using the first book in Isabel McNeill Carley's series, participants will explore the 11 lessons within, gaining an understanding of how to teach the recorder from an Orff-Schulwerk perspective, while at the same time building a repertoire of pedagogy lessons for use in the general music classroom. Participants will improve their own playing and improvisation skills, gaining confidence and knowledge to recorder teaching in their own classroom setting.

Holding Space-- The Gestalt of Orff-Schulwerk: Orff Masterclass with Roger Sams
Anderson University, Roger Sams, Instructor
Gestalt means wholeness. A Gestalt approach to change recognizes that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Orff Schulwerk teaching, at its best, comes from a place of wholeness. In this course we examine the ways in which an Orff classroom is a place for children to experience, if even just for a moment, their wholeness in the midst of their demanding lives and a broken world. Simultaneously we will heighten our awareness as to how this approach to teaching impacts the teacher in ways that create movement toward wholeness. This course will be life-changing. • Orff Schulwerk Masterclass — Orff Level III Certification is a prerequisite.

Inclusion in the Orff-Based Classroom
University of Bridgeport, Kimberly McCord, Instructor
This course will include strategies for teaching children with exceptionalities (disorders, disabilities, twice-exceptional and gifted), in an inclusive classroom. Students will complete arrangements that include instruments with considerations for including students in a particular classroom (yours!). For more information: music@bridgeport.edu

Interactive Music Learning
George Mason University, Beth Anne Young and Ginger Albertson, Instructors
Brainstorm with your colleagues ways to energize your teaching and planning.

Introduction to Orff Schulwerk
VanderCook College of Music, Dr. Jean Hersey, Instructor
This course provides an opportunity to experience the Orff approach, a hands-on, creative method for teaching general music. Students will sing, play barred instruments and other percussion as well as recorder, dance, and most of all, create! Discussions focus on how this approach can impact curriculum and assessment as well as how it aligns with the Danielson Framework and Common Core Standards.

Modeling Healthy Singing
George Mason University, Keith Hudspeth, Instructor
Vocal pedagogy geared towards ensemble singing, nurturing healthy vocal production for a lifetime of music-making for you and your students.

Movement Curriculum Design: K-2
University of St. Thomas, Beth Nelson, Instructor
The purpose of this course is to design and establish meaningful movement plan to fit into your music curriculum. This class will include learning about the developmental stages of young children; creative movement activities; ideas for sequencing folk dances; and creating an outline plan for your curriculum. The course will include group class time as well as individual mentorship.

Music Curriculum and Design
VanderCook College of Music, Dr. Jean Hersey and Cynthia Sepulis, Instructors
This course will help you organize all of the Orff material and ideas received in the level-education courses into a cohesive curriculum, and show you how to implement it in an organized way throughout the school year in person and through e-learning. Be prepared to teach one 30-minute lesson in the Orff process. The Orff approach will also be compared with the Danielson Framework for Teaching to help you be more successful in your professional evaluations.

Music for Exceptional Children
New York University, Dr. Elise Sobol
This teacher education course provides training to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of exceptional learners, all grade levels, in inclusive and special education school music settings. Course covers a study of laws, due process, trends, and events in special education, current co-teaching and collaborative practices, field work observations, assessment and evaluation techniques, research advances, and design of standards-based adaptive lessons for differentiating instruction to meet grade level expectations for all learners. For more information: Dr. Elise Sobol

Orff Schulwerk and Active Music Making in the Covid 19 Era: We Can Still Sing, Dance, and Play
Kansas Orff Chapter/Baker University, Jennifer Donovan, Instructor
Participants will engage in discussion, creation, and reflection exploring avenues to provide elementary music classroom instruction which is focused on active music making. Using the Orff Schulwerk media, we will discover approaches to modify our instruction to maintain proper social distance guidelines.

Orff Curriculum with Lisa Sullivan
Anderson University, Lisa Sullivan, instructor
This Orff Curriculum course will enable you to build a Schulwerk-based curriculum for your specific teaching assignments. Long-term planning and weekly process lesson planning are addressed. Teachers share ideas and teach lessons utilizing the Orff process. Levels I and II Orff training at an accredited program are required to enroll in this course.

Orff Schulwerk: Curriculum and Context
George Mason University, Matt McCoy, InstructorT
This course is for teachers seeking ideas and strategies for creating and/or adapting curricula that emphasize an Orff Schulwerk approach to music and movement education. * Prerequisite: Completion of at least Level 1 Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education.

Popular Music and Orff Schulwerk
University of Kentucky, Martina Vasil, Instructor
The purpose of this course is for teachers to learn strategies for integrating popular music into the Orff Schulwerk classroom. The focus will be on lesson development and sharing. The class also includes learning about the characteristics of informal learning and nonformal teaching.

Putting Orff Pedagogy Into Practice
Southern Methodist University, Jacque Schrader and Meg Tietz, Instructors
Pedagogy within Orff Schulwerk is the careful examination of the structure, materials, and transitions that encompass the Orff process: what works, what doesn’t, and why? This unique online course will seek to answer these questions by offering individualized strategies to implement Schulwerk materials. The format will include full group sessions, small group breakouts, and one-on-one mentoring appointments. Instructors will provide customized guidance and specific feedback based on the needs and experiences of individual teachers. Additionally, instructors will model utilizing many entry points and focuses within lesson design. Upon course completion, teachers will be able to examine past lessons for success and create new successful lessons based on the model provided. Daily assignments will include examining and selecting new material and developing successful and engaging processes.

Recorder Improvisation and Technique (GMUS 544-25)
University of St. Thomas, Mona Mann, Instructor
Using the first book in Isabel McNeill Carley's series, participants will explore the 11 lessons within, gaining an understanding of how to teach the recorder from an Orff-Schulwerk perspective, while at the same time building a repertoire of pedagogy lessons for use in the general music classroom. Participants will improve their own playing and improvisation skills, gaining confidence and knowledge to recorder teaching in their own classroom setting.

Technology for the Music Classroom
George Mason University, Manju Durairaj, Instructor
This course is packed with animated visual ideas, digital manipulatives, engaging presentation strategies, computer, iPad/Chromebook/tablet activities, SMARTboard/interactive white board application templates, lessons, activities, games and assessments for Pre-K -5 General Music teachers.

The Art of Child’s Play
University of Kentucky, Martina Vasil, Instructor
The purpose of this course is for teachers to learn how to adapt playground games, songs, and chants for the classroom. The focus will be on lesson development and sharing. The course will include reading texts about playground games and "kid" culture.

The Elemental Style: Composing and Arranging, Part 1
Southern Methodist University, Paul Cribari and Rick Layton, Instructors
This course is for students of the Schulwerk who have experienced the possibilities of elemental style through participation in an Orff Schulwerk teacher education course. Participants in this online class should have practical hands-on experience with the works of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, and a basic understanding of the traditional developmental flow of Western European art and folk music. This course is intended for students who have completed either Orff Schulwerk Level I or Level II.

The Elemental Style: Composing and Arranging, Part 2
Southern Methodist University, Paul Cribari and Rick Layton, Instructors
This course is for students of the Schulwerk who have experienced the possibilities of elemental style through participation in an Orff Schulwerk teacher education course. Participants in this online class should have practical hands-on experience with the works of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, and a basic understanding of the traditional developmental flow of Western European art and folk music. This course is designed for students who have completed Orff Schulwerk certification or who have successfully completed “The Elemental Style: Composing and Arranging, Part 1.”

Ukulele in the Music Classroom with Lorelei Batislaong
Anderson University, Lorelei Batislaong, instructor
The ukulele is quickly becoming a sought-after addition in the elementary music classroom. Its accessibility and uniqueness make the ukulele a new and exciting way for students to create and participate in music-making. Years of developing a teaching sequence that empowers all students has led to a ukulele sequence that utilizes universal design, constructivist philosophies of knowledge building, and the Orff Approach. Students will identify strategies, ready for use in class the following week, while also internalizing the underlying concepts that enable the design of a successful lesson sequence. Combined with discussions on the historical and cultural context of the ukulele, attendees will leave with the pedagogical knowledge to create ukulele lessons independently. Designed for teachers of all ability and experience levels (much like our students), this professional development course seeks to connect established pedagogical knowledge within this new medium, the ukulele. Explore how to teach the ukulele while also learning how to play the ukulele. More than just a presentation of activities, this clinic aims to facilitate professional development discussion that is meaningful and valuable in teacher development.

Weekly Zoom Webinar Series
Rocky Mountain Chapter of AOSA
Rocky Mountain Orff is partnering with ROCKE (Kodály) & CoAES (Dalcroze Eurhythmics) to bring a series of webinars beginning on June 26. We will feature some of our local Colorado-based clinicians to host 2-hour long interactive Zoom webinars, allowing participants to learn from some of our local superstars and network with other teachers in a fun, engaging online platform. See link for presenters and topics.