April 6, 2019- Lisa Sullivan: Playing with Improvisation

There’s no Place like Home: Playing with Improvisation

Lisa Sullivan: October 6th 2019

This session will cover the basic processes of Orff Schulwerk while focusing on improvisation.  We will experience three options for improvising with elementary students:


  • Lay the foundation of a home tone (tonic pitch);
  • Build a framework for melodic thinking to explore ways to leave the home tone and come back;
  • We arrive home at free improvisation



Materials will be presented for all grade levels K-6 and ideas will be shared for getting younger students beyond pentatonic!  Some materials will use recorder so please bring your recorders!

Lisa Sullivan currently teaches K-2 music at Madison School in Skokie, IL.  Previously, Lisa taught K-5 music at Mohawk Trails Elementary in Carmel, IN for 28 years.  In 2017, Lisa was named the Elementary Music Teacher of the Year by Indiana MEA and in 2008, she was named Carmel Clay Teacher of the year.  She holds a BM from Butler University and a MAE from Ball State University and published her first teacher resource during the summer of 2014 titled Playing with Improvisation: Technology with Integrity in the Orff Classroom.  Lisa served three years as the Region VI representative for AOSA and has presented at multiple NAfME, AOSA, and IMEA conferences.  During the summer months, Lisa teaches Orff Schulwerk Levels, Orff Curriculum, and Orff Technology at Anderson University in Anderson, IN and Orff Schulwerk Levels at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.