October 5th, 2013: This workshop will give you tools to help inspire your students to have meaningful and creative movement experiences using visual arts as the guide. Through a series of movement warm-ups and activities, workshop participants will discover how visual arts and movement are natural partners in the music classroom. Participants should wear clothing that is comfortable for movement.
Laura Bercaw Petersen is in her seventh year of teaching general and choral music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C. In addition to teaching kindergarten, grades four, five, and six general music, Laura’s duties include directing the Young Singers and the Orff Ensemble. She previously taught in Montgomery County Public Schools (MD) and Alexandria City Public Schools (VA). Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Gettysburg College and completed her Master of Music in Music Education at George Mason University. She earned her Level III certification from George Mason University and has also studied at the Orff Institut in Salzburg, Austria. Laura has taught movement in AOSA-approved summer teacher education courses and has presented both locally and nationally. She serves as President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is an active member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, American Choral Director’s Association and The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), attending workshops and conferences throughout the school year and summer. In her spare time, Laura enjoys cooking, knitting, reading, and kayaking.