2017-2018 Workshop Schedule

School has begun. The weather has begun cooling down. It is time to refresh yourself with a some professional development.  We have had a schedule change so this year our first workshop will be October 14th. We are welcoming Dr. Jui-Chang Wang for a multicultural workshop  A “Musicking” Classroom: Singing, Playing, and Dancing around the World. We will be visiting a number of countries around the world including Korea, China, and a closer to home place as well.

And while you are marking your calendar you can add the dates of the remaining workshops for the year:

November 18th, 2017- Presenter TBA

February 3rd, 2018- Chapter Share

April 14th, 2018- Nick Wild

CPDU’s will be provided at all workshops.

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Orff Schulwerk ‘Round the School Year.

The warm weather and crocus bulbs signal that spring has arrived. And with the coming of spring we look forward to our last Fox Valley workshop of the year.  We have had a couple of changes for the April workshop and the first is the date, which is now Saturday, April 8th.  The second is that we will be join by Mona Mann, presenting Orff lessons that can be used throughout the year. Kevin Brady will join us in September for his insights in working with early childhood students.

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Sing, play, and move through the school year with a variety of Orff-Schulwerk based lessons for your classroom. Participants will have fun playing recorders, composing, and working in the meter of five as we travel the calendar from September to June.


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Join us on Saturday for Movement with Peter Hinch!

Saturday, October 8th will be our next workshop with Peter Hinch, presenting “Adventures in Movement.” The workshop begins at 10 a.m. at Country Trail Elementary School in Elgin.

Several years ago, while doing some spring cleaning, Peter found a collection of records “Adventures in Music”and decided to take a closer look at what this is all about. These are wonderful recordings of some great music that appeal to children. We will explore these gems through dance, rhythmic exercises and creative movement.

Peter is an active presenter and has presented several times at the AOSA national conference. He teaches in West Chicago and is a member of the Greater Chicago Chapter.

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Doug Goodkin this Saturday!


This coming Saturday, September 17th, is the workshop with Doug Goodkin that is being held jointly with Greater Chicago Orff Schulwerk Association. It will be at Concordia University in River Forest. There is a free parking garage (Visitors lot #5) on campus for you to park in off of Bonnie Brae Place. The Workshop will be in the Chapel. The address is 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Doug Goodkin is an internationally known presenter with many published music education resources. He is known as a fierce advocate for children’s needs in education. He has taught in The San Francisco School for the past 42 years. He is a frequent teacher at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria and you can find his TEDx Talk on YouTube.

He is asking that if you play a band or orchestral instrument that you bring it to the workshop.

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Start the School Year Off Right with the Creative Betsy Kipperman!

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August 27,2016

     Broaden your pedagogical understanding through the Schulwerk-singing, saying, dancing, and playing. Betsy Kipperman teaches general music class and children’s choirs in the D.C. area. She has attended the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria and is a presenter and teacher trainer throughout the United States. She was recently a Region IV Representative on the AOSA national board.

Don’t forget! We have moved our workshops to the nearby Country Trails Elementary School- 3701 Highland Blvd., Elgin.

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2016-2017 Workshops

Come join us for the 2016 – 2017 school year in our new location at Country Trails Elementary School in Elgin.

The following workshops are scheduled for the 2016-2017 school year:

• August 27, 2016 – Betsy Kipperman presents “Playing with Pieces”

• September 17, 2016, in a co-sponsored workshop with GCAOSA –
Doug Goodkin presents “Orff for All Ages”

• October 8, 2016 – Peter Hinch presents “Adventures in Movement”

• February 4, 2017 – Chapter Share

• April 1st, 2017 – Kevin Brady presents “Orff and Early Childhood”

All workshops: 9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided
Country Trails Elementary School | 3701 Highland Woods Blvd. Elgin, IL
$20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID
Annual membership is $40
If you have any questions please contact us at foxvalleyorff@gmail.com
Or check our website at www.foxvalleyorff.org

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Rachel Aupperle, April 23: Movement and Dance for Lower and Upper Elementary

As we enter Spring and the last leg of the school year, we invite you to join us for our fourth and final workshop of the year!!

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RACHEL AUPPERLE has been working with children in grades K–8 for the past ten years. She received her master’s degree in music education from Illinois State University, and her bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: she has earned all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk Certification. Aupperle has presented at ILMEA festivals, Illinois Music Education Conference, and Illinois State Orff Levels Courses. She has taught Orff Schulwerk movement levels at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and Illinois State University.


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Chapter Share 2016!!!!

Come one, come all!

Join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016 for our annual chapter share.  We will sing, dance, play, speak,  and more!  Specifically speaking we will explore meter through movement, play a few recorder pieces (bring yours along),  and explore lessons inspired by children’s literature.  All led by our very own chapter members and leaders.  If you still would like to share email us at foxvalleyorff@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

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Workshop #2: Saturday, October 3, 2015

Our next workshop is in just under two weeks away!

Andrea Donahoe, our Vice President, is presenting!

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Creating Cross Curricular Connections in the Music Classroom

Making cross curricular connections in the music classroom is an exciting opportunity for students to  experience content from their general classroom in an aesthetic environment; with their mind, their bodies, and their hearts.  Join us for this workshop where participants will explore inventive music lessons that are additionally connected to classroom content and support common core and 21st century learning objectives.  We will also explore tips and tools for finding authentic opportunities for integration and advocacy of our work.  See you on October 3!

Additionally, our featured Orff Moment will be Stations.  Bring your cameras to take pictures as we participate and play, exploring station examples you can create in your own classroom!

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First Workshop of the 2015-2016 School Year

Paul WellerOur first workshop for the 2015-2016 school year is right around the corner and will be a great way to start the year. On Saturday, September 12th, Paul Weller is joining us and will be presenting a session titled:

 Assessment, Advocacy & Accountability: creating independent musicians through elemental music

This workshop will focus on the similarities between many different methodologies and how an Orff focused classroom can achieve literacy based concepts and foster
student independence. Participants will experience strategies to create successful improvisation and composition experiences, assessment tools to help propel students quicker towards musical independence, as well as how to use less repertoire to achieve more literacy.

All Fox Valley Orff Schulwerk Chapter Workshops meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prairie View Elementary School, 10N630 Nesler Road in Elgin.

Please join us for lunch after the workshop for some face to face social networking time at Al’s Cafe and Creamery!

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