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October 7, 2017

Playing with Possibility: The Power of Choice in the Orff-Schulwerk Classroom

Roger Sams 

In the Orff-Schulwerk classroom there are at any given moment multiple directions that good teaching process can take you. With any concept or skill there are any number of pathways to support student learning. How do you manage all of these possibilities?

In this active workshop we will not only explore ways to make our lesson plans successful, but will also address the bigger picture: What do you value most in your classroom? Are you teaching in a way that truly reflects your values?

Simultaneously, we will look at diverse ways for growing your students’ capacity to make artful choices in their own creative process.  Dress comfortably for movement and bring your soprano recorder. 

Bio: Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music. He has been an active clinician and Orff instructor for over two decades and has taught in China, India, Indonesia, Scotland, Canada, South Korea, Poland, and throughout the US. Roger is trained in Gestalt therapy and is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process and in life. He is co-author of "Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Room” and the composer of several choral octavos published in the Crooked River Choral Project series and a book of rounds and partner songs titled, "A Round My Heart." He is currently Director of Publications at Music Is Elementary.

January 13, 2018

Mining The Volumes

Cyndee Giebler

Uncover the hidden gems found within the covers of the Music for Children Volumes. We’ll explore ways to make these pieces fun, artistic and joyful for today’s students.

Bring a soprano recorder and a sense of adventure. 

Bio: Cyndee Giebler lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and completed her master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.   She is an instructor in the teacher education courses at Utah State University and Villanova.  Cyndee has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional, and national conventions. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom use, children’s chorus, and elementary strings.

March 17, 2018

The Creative Curriculum: Fostering Understanding Through Improvisation and Composition

Jay Broeker

Explore songs and activities that engage the older student to experience a creative outcome through a collaborative effort with emphasis on accountability, assessment and classroom management. Be ready to dance, play drums, pitched percussion, and more. Geared for fourth grade and up. Bring your soprano recorders and plan for an energizing and creative workshop!

Bio: Jay Broeker is the Director of Visual and Performing Arts at The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Mr. Broeker holds both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk certification, and is a frequent clinician for AOSA, OAKE, & NAfME conferences and state music education organizations. During the summer he is an instructor in 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.

April 21, 2018


Presenters TBA

Workshop Hours
9:00am - 3:00pm

Workshop Location

Pasadena Conservatory of Music
100 N. Hill Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91106

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Workshops 2017-2018