See you at our next workshop at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, 4700 Whitehaven Pkwy NW, Washington, DC 20007.

We’re excited about our 2018-2019 Season Line-Up!

2018-2019 workshops for website


September 15, 2018: Jay Broeker

From Seed to Flower to Garden: Cultivating Musical Creativity

The Orff Schulwerk approach challenges teachers to recognize and foster each student’s musical abilities and imagination. Acknowledging what they bring to the experience and scaffolding musical exploration is the beginning of that process. Providing them the tools to create increasingly sophisticated and rewarding musical experiences as they grow requires dedicated work over time. Join colleagues as we explore a sequence of creative activities that invite a full and vital flowering of musical expression.

Clinician Bio: Jay Broeker is the Director of Visual and Performing Arts at The Blake BroekerSchool in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Mr. Broeker holds both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk certification and is a frequent clinician for AOSA, OAKE, and NAfME conferences and state music education organizations. During the summer he is an instructor in music teacher education courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  His choral arrangements are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and by Boosey & Hawkes.


October 13, 2018: Sarah Richardson

Dance and Drama in the Music Classroom – Bringing “Play” to a New Level!

What if every music class started with the question, “What are we creating today?  In this workshop, participants will explore structures for creating with movement and theatre that lead to enhanced musical creativity and understanding.  Movement has the power to teach a disposition for creating and taking risks that transfers into all parts of the Schulwerk. – Aaron Lohmeyer

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Clinician Bio: Sarah Richardson trained at the Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis, attended St. Olaf College and worked as an actress for many years.  She is Montessori certified and studied Orff through the University of St. Thomas. During the school year, Sarah directs choirs and teaches music and drama for grades 1-8 at Lake Country Montessori School in Minneapolis.  She also teaches movement in the Orff Levels Course at the University of Kentucky, has presented at many national conferences, and is an active clinician.


January 26, 2019: Back to Basics: Building Blocks of Orff-Schulwerk


Presented by Betsy Kipperman & Laura Petersen

Are you ready to learn more about Orff-Schulwerk or know someone who would benefit from it? Our “Back to Basics” workshop is just the thing if you want the basics before deciding to plunge into Level 1 training. This workshop is free for all interested, you do not need to be a MAC-AOSA member to attend! That’s right, you heard us correctly, the workshop is FREE!


February 23, 2019: Chapter Sharing

See our local talent shine as they share some of their best ideas and activities in this always fun workshop! Interested in sharing? Let us know!


March 16, 2019: Ardith Collins

C is for Create

Join us for a morning session exploring pieces from Orff Schulwerk resources, including Music for Children volumes and supplementals, to support creative and joyful music and movement experiences with students of all ages.

ardith collins headshotClinician bio: Ardith Collins teaches general music and string orchestra at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan and is adjunct faculty at Montclair State University. Ardith completed Orff Levels at Villanova/University of the Arts, Kodály Levels at Westminster Choir College, and studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Anderson University. Ardith was the 2014 American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM) Beacon Scholarship recipient, which she utilized to attend JaSeSoi ry World Village. She is an avid writer, folk dancer, rounds enthusiast, and performs with the Montclair State Balkan Ensemble. Ardith is president of the Northern New Jersey Orff chapter and serves on the AOSA Reverberations Editorial Board.


April 13, 2019: Shoshana Drake

Location:  Georgetown Day School
Lower/Middle School Campus
4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW,
Washington, DC 20007

Breathing life within the Schulwerk through CPR – creating, performing, and responding

Join together as we look at the connections between Orff Schulwerk and the processes found within the new national standards of creating, performing, and responding.  We will explore ways to plan and implement lessons that engage and motivate your students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Uncover how students can develop skills while being inspired by songs, poems, stories, and personal experiences to have magical musical moments over and over again.


Clinician Bio: Shoshanah Drake is in her 25th year of teaching music.  She currently teaches general/vocal music at Lake Seneca Elementary School in Montgomery County. Prior to that she was a Consulting Teacher 

in MCPS for 3 years mentoring new and tenured teachers and taught general/vocal music.  Ms. Drake is an active member of several professional organizations including Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) and American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA). She is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of AOSA and works with Maryland General Music Teachers.  Ms. Drake has presented workshops at local, state, and national conferences. She writes general music curriculum for Montgomery County Public. Ms. Drake received her Bachelor of Music degree from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Masters of Music Education degree from the University of St. Thomas with a focus in Orff Schulwerk.  She teaches Level I at George Mason’s Orff Schulwerk certification course and was the recipient of the 2014 MMEA Outstanding Music Educator of the Year award.