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
Or check our website at

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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

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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Upcoming Events 2015-2016!!

We hope that everyone is enjoying their summer so far with family, friends, and some well deserved relaxation!!  Now that we’ve all had a moment to breathe this is the perfect time to update your calendar with some exciting workshops for next year!  See below for our schedule of events, we can’t wait to see you there!

2015-2016 Workshop Series
September 12: Paul Weller, Assessment, Advocacy, and Accountability: Creating Independent Musicians through Elemental Music
October 3: Andrea Donahoe, Creating Cross-Curricular Connections in the Music Classroom
February 6: Chapter Share
April 2: Rachel Aupperle, Know that One? Movement and Dance for Lower and Upper Elementary
Please contact with any questions!

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Next Workshop on April 11th!

Our next workshop is on Saturday, April 11th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prairieview Elementary School. Join us for a fantastic workshop with Dr. Kate Webster from Minnesota. Be prepared to move while imitating, exploring, and creating your way to better process in your classroom. In addition, we will be making a singing puppet and a lunch of soup and salad is provided! We can’t wait to see everyone there!

We will also be electing some new board members. We currently are looking for a Vice President, whose duties include planning and contracting our workshop presenters. They also help publicize all of the chapter events. The Vice President moves into the Presidents role after a year as Vice President. We are in need of a new secretary. The secretaries responsibilities include keeping minutes at meeting, sending out workshop information and reminders, and helping maintain accurate membership information and roster. The final position we are looking for is the hospitality chair. The hospitality chair coordinates volunteers to bring the delicious treats for the workshops. All board members are required to be national members of AOSA. If you are interested in becoming part of the local leadership please contact Kristine Mertens at


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