February 7-Chapter Share!

Our chapter share is coming up very soon on Saturday, February 7 and we are looking for volunteers to present!

Anyone is welcome to participate. A presentation can be just a few minutes or a longer lesson and can relate to any of a variety of topics, for example: Choral Pieces or Canons, The Volumes, Process, Recorder, Dance, Creative Movement, Improvisation (Instrument, Vocal, or Body Percussion), Literature or Poetry, Technology, Multicultural Music, etc.

We encourage everyone to consider presenting whether it is your first year of Orff or your thirty first:-)  If you have any questions at all or would like to participate please contact our Vice President, Andrea,  at andrea.n.donahoe@gmail.com.  Let her know what you will be sharing and how long your presentation will be, as well as any additional information we should know.

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English Language Learners in the Classroom

This month we are pleased to have our presenter be our very own Vicki Derybowski! She is will be incorporating bilingual teaching strategies into the Orff classroom. Come and lean new ideas and strategies to meet the needs of your English Language Learners in your music classroom while still providing an active and child-centered learning environment through Orff methodology.


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It was a dark and joyful Orff Workshop…


Composing with seed packets.

Composing with seed packets.

The lack of light did not dim the enjoyment of our Saturday workshop with Sarah Guterman. Under the shared workshop tab there is a list of all of the folk dances that Sarah taught during the the Orff Moment with source information or a description of the dance if it is not published. We look forward to seeing everyone in October for Vicki Derybowski’s presentation on English language learners.

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With a new school year comes…

New Fox Valley Orff-Schulwerk Chapter Workshops! We are very excited to announce the workshops for the 2014-2015 school year. We are covering a wide variety of music education areas and issues this year!

2014-2015 Workshop Dates and Presenters

September 6- Sarah Guterman, “Treasures in Literature and Song: Old and New”

Orff Moment: A special Folk Dance Reading Session led by Sarah Guterman with materials available for purchase from West Music.

Please consider joining us for lunch after the workshop and reading session at Al’s Cafe and Creamery.

October 4-Victoria Derybowski, “English Language Learners in the Music Classroom”
Orff Moment: New National Core Arts Standards

February 7: Chapter Share

April 11: Kate Williamson, “Exploration and Improvisation Through Movement”

Orff Moment: Pinterest Make-‘n-Take with Soup Lunch

9:30 Registration, Workshop 10am-1pm
Prairie View Grade School | 10N630 Nesler Road, Elgin, IL
Annual membership is $40
$20 for members, $40 for non-members, free for undergraduate students with ID.

CPDUs will be provided.

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It’s Chapter Share Time Orff friends! And Lunch is On Us!

We are coming up to our last workshop for the year on May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are meeting in a different location than usual. We will be at North Elementary School, 1680 Brickville Rd., Sycamore, Il. We know this farther out than usual (It is 20 minutes from Prairie View) so lunch is on us!

This is our Chapter Share when we share lessons and other teaching ideas that we think might help others. Some of what is already planned for the chapter share are a lesson with children’s literature, how one district is handing assessment, and a guide to common core that you are probably already doing in your lessons. We could use a few more chapter members to share and, as we announced earlier this year, all people who share get a $5 Starbucks giftcard! Come to the workshop for some ideas to finish off our year and some social time too!

See you there!

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April 5th Workshop

This coming Saturday is our April workshop and we are excited to welcome Sue Keeble as our chapter presenter this month. Sue will be bringing how to adapt Mande drumming for kids!. Please bring a drum if you have one, although we are bringing extras.

After Sue’s workshop, we are going to bring in the spring with some folk dancing for our Orff Momment. So wear some comfy clothing and get ready to twinkle your toes!

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Cancelled Workshop

Dear Educators,
The weather forecast for tomorrow’s workshop is more than dreadful at this point and instead of waiting to see what happens, we are going to cancel and reschedule for a new date. There are some very exciting and helpful presentations scheduled and we do not wish for anyone who volunteered to feel pressured to drive in poor traveling conditions to present. And we are so excited about the movement, children’s liturate, volumes, assessment, and common core topics that were planned for tomorrow that we don’t want to just cancel. Please bear with us and check our Facebook page or our website for often information about a rescheduled workshop.


Kristine Mertens
Chapter President

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Chapter Share

Fox Valley Orff Schulwerk Chapter’s next workshop will be the chapter share. This is an opportunity for us as educators to share what kinds of lessons happen in our classrooms. We would love for someone to share a canon, a folk dance, an instrumental piece, a children’s literature piece, and a piece with creative movement. Please contact Kristine at zenoboe@hotmail.com or Andrea at andrea.n.donahoe@gmail.com if you are interested in presenting.

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Welcome to the Fox Valley Orff Schulwerk Page!

“Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand.

~Chinese Proverb

Well, after a fantastic first workshop and choral reading session we are incredibly excited for our second workshop on Saturday, October 5th with Laura Petersen. She will be presenting a cross-curricular session connecting movement to works of art. Our Orff Moment is “Tackling the Volumes” and we will be looking at those wonderful little books for quality music for our classrooms. Please click on the workshop tab for additional information on our session.

Fox Valley Orff-Schulwerk Chapter is a group of dedicated music specialists aimed at promoting the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy of creative, active music education through offering quality professional development workshops, networking opportunities with area music educators, and cultivating relationships with current university music education students.

What makes the Fox Valley Chapter different. Our workshops have a two hour session and then an hour Orff Moment that addresses a variety of teachers helping teachers topics. We host 4 different workshops each school year and they are currently held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Prairieview Elementary School in Elgin. Please check out our workshop information using the tabs above.

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For more information about Orff Schulwerk please check out the American Orff Schulwerk Association website!



FVOSC presenting at IMEA Conference 2013!


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