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 2019-2020 Season Line-Up!

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September 21, 2019: James Harding

The Dot and the Line

As teachers, we are always seeking ways to connect the dots, our dots being the elemental concepts of music and movement, the students, and a repertoire of songs, games, and dances. This workshop will present activities in rhythmic speech, poetry, instrumental ensemble, creative movement, and dance for the music classroom, with an emphasis on how they connect to creative exploration with the elements of rhythm, form, pitch, dynamic, tempo and timbre. We will also play directly with dots and lines, experiencing some of the many ways that simple props can lead to visual and kinesthetic understanding of musical concepts.

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Clinician Bio: James Harding teaches children ages 3 to 13 at The San Francisco School with long-time colleagues Sofia López-Ibor and Doug Goodkin. He haspresented workshops throughout the United States and internationally, and is on the faculty of the San Francisco International Orff Course. He is the author of “From Wibbleton to Wobbleton: Adventures with the Elements of Music and Movement” (Pentatonic Press, 2013), a collection of music and movement lesson ideas focusing on creative play.


October 5, 2019: Dr. Angela Broeker

The Bridge to Somewhere: Teaching Musicianship Skills Through Choral Repertoire

Though many of us teach musicianship skills in our general music classes, we often teach choral music to our students using traditional rote teaching. In this workshop, the musical material in choral octavos suitable to elementary and middle school singers will serve as the basis for skill-building activities. We’ll extract this material from the score (“the way in”) and present it in a way that simultaneously builds skills and prepares the repertoire for performance. Much of the repertoire used will represent choral traditions from around the world.

Clinician Bio: Angela Broeker was recently hired at Western Washington University FY18 Headshotswhere she conducts three choirs and teaches undergraduate courses in choral methods.  Before this appointment, she was Director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas for 20 years during which time her choirs performed at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and toured extensively in Asia, Europe and South America.

Dr. Broeker received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma and her M.M. and B.M.E. degrees from Indiana University.  Her research interests include authentic, respectful performance of music from diverse cultures as well as the exploration of varied vocal colors that are possible with this repertoire.


January 25, 2020: Betsy Kipperman Sebring & Laura Petersen

Back to Basics: Building Blocks of Orff-Schulwerk

Are you ready to learn more about Orff-Schulwerk or know someone who would benefit BetsyLBPheadshot (1)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 22, 2020: 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!


April 4, 2020: Manju Durairaj

Keeping it Simple –

From Video Conferencing to Digital Portfolios

This virtual workshop will focus on some basic applications that support remote teaching, learning, and assessing. Videoconferencing apps like Google Meet and Zoom can connect teachers with students, providing a real face to face connection, as well as options to present content interactively and support students in small groups or 1-1. Screencasting apps like Screencast-o-matic, QuickTime and Loom help in creating videos and screencasts for presentation and instruction. Digital portfolio apps like Seesaw and Flipgrid house, collect, and organize assigned student work, as well as enable summative and formative assessments. Demonstrations, templates, collective worksheets and shared work time provide teachers with some resources for remote teaching during this challenging time.

Presenter BioManju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in Pune, India. She was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. She graduated with her second master’s degree and K-12 certification from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago.

Manju currently teaches Lower School general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is program chair and past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She was on the Diversity sub-committee of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and is on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Her continuing teaching education courses on campus and online, include early childhood, general music methods, curriculum design, technology, Orff Schulwerk, and assessment and standards. She is an AOSA approved Orff Schulwerk Level 1 instructor.

She is a frequent clinician for Orff and Kodály workshops and state, national, and international conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and the Journal of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 & 2, InterAct Levels 1 & 2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today’s Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.



April 25, 2020: Drue Bullington, 10 am-12 pm

Connecting the Lights Beyond Our Screen 

Using art, music, poetry, and mindfulness to bring happiness and light to yourself and your students.

Clinician bio: Drue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown Head Shot DrueElementary 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 traveling, culinary adventures and volunteering in their community.