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Join us for our next workshop! February 5, 2022

A Night’s Journey:  Make it Your Own

Presented by John Barnes

Using familiar pieces from the Music For Children volumes, favorite rhymes and children’s games, and a wide variety of poetry, participants will embark on a journey that travels in time from dusk to dawn.  We will explore ways to take these old favorites and make them your own through shifting tonalities, improvisation, and composition projects.  Participants will leave with materials that could serve as stand-alone lessons or be combined into a program for upper elementary students.

John Barnes currently teaches general music to students in the lower and middle schools at Georgetown Day School after spending nine years in Loudoun County Public Schools.  He has served in several capacities on the board of MAC-AOSA and is currently chair of the AOSA Advocacy Subcommittee.  John enjoys working with fellow teachers, presenting workshops for various local chapters of AOSA and teaching recorder pedagogy in summer Orff-Schulwerk Certification Programs, most recently at George Mason University (VA) and Lakeland University (WI).  He completed his Orff-Schulwerk certification and Level IV coursework at George Mason University and apprenticed at The University of St. Thomas.  John earned a bachelor of science degree in music education at Duquesne University and a masters degree in saxophone performance at the University of Florida.  

Save The Date For Our Next Workshop:  

✥  April 2: Meg Tietz: Planning Programs with Purpose 

All workshops:

  • Location:  Kaneland John Shields Elementary School | 85 S. Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL
  • 9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided 
  • $20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID
  • Annual membership Sept-May $40 I  Four workshops plus annual membership $90
  • Contact us at foxvalleyorff@gmail.com or check our website at www.foxvalleyorff.org
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Workshop, Oct 9th with Meeghan Binder

Join us Oct. 9th at 10am at our Kaneland location with Meeghan Binder! At this workshop we will be raffling off a year-long subscription to musicplay.com for those in attendance and there will be a great Make-and-Take at the end. 

Meeghan will present “Improvisation-Fun for Everyone!” Using the Orff-Schulwerk process with improvisation, Meeghan will guide you through different strategies to help keep your students engaged. Please bring a recorder to this workshop if you can.  

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Send an email to foxvalleyorff@gmail.com if you are unable to attend in person but would like to watch live.  We hope you can join us for this awesome workshop! 

All workshops:

  • Location:  Kaneland John Shields Elementary School | 85 S. Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL
  • 9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided 
  • $20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID
  • Annual membership $40 I  Four workshops plus annual membership $90
  • Contact us at foxvalleyorff@gmail.com or check our website at www.foxvalleyorff.org

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Meeghan Binder has worked in the Chicagoland area as a public school general music teacher and clinician for the past 19 years. Meeghan attended Northern Illinois University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and then went on to receive a Masters Degree in Music Education from DePaul University where she currently serves as adjunct faculty to the Music Education Department.Meeghan holds a National Board Teaching Certification and is both Orff-Schulwerk Certified and Kodaly Certified. In 2013, Meeghan became a certified American Orff-Schulwerk Recorder Instructor and has taught all three levels at various Orff Levels teacher training sessions. Meeghan’s musical background includes performances and study in classical flute, recorder ensembles, local choirs, West African Drumming and Japanese Taiko drumming groups.

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Upcoming Workshop September 11

Mary Lea Clark and Sam Cruz are presenting our next workshop, Saturday, September 11th at our Sugar Grove location. We hope you can join us!

Mary Lea Clark has worked as a music specialist in the Donges Bay Elementary School community and has also taught elementary and secondary music in the greater Milwaukee area. Mary received her undergraduate degree in Music Education with piano emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and Masters degree in Education from Mount Mary College. She was awarded the Beatrice M. Haggerty Scholarship for three consecutive semesters and completed her Orff-Schulwerk Level III teacher training at Mills College in San Francisco. In 2004 she was awarded the Elementary Outstanding Educator award in the Mequon-Thiensville School District. Mary is past President of the Greater Milwaukee Orff Dimensions and was the Local Conference Chair of the 2009 AOSA Professional Development Conference held in Milwaukee. 

In Mary’s classroom, music class provides a total energizing, organic experience for her students. She believes in emphasizing process over product. Her objective is to empower the children to have ownership of their creation, allowing time for reflection as part of the creative process. 

Sam Cruz teaches general music to grades K-5th in the school district of Whitefish Bay. Holding a B.F.A. in Music Education from UW-Milwaukee, and an M.A. in Education from Mount Mary College, Sam also has worked as an adjunct music professor and college liaison officer for Mount Mary College. She completed Level III Orff-Schulwerk and was fortunate to study with Jos Wuytack through Boston University. Sam is an active member of the Greater Milwaukee Orff Dimensions, and held multiple positions on the board throughout the years. Currently, Sam is on the board of the Whitefish Bay Education Foundation.

All workshops: 

Location: Kaneland John Shields Elementary School | 85 S. Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL 

❖ 9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided 

❖ $20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID 

❖ Annual membership $40 I Four workshops plus annual membership $90 ❖ Contact us at foxvalleyorff@gmail.com or check our website at www.foxvalleyorff.org

**If you are unable to attend in person, please email and request a link to view this workshop live. foxvalleyorff@gmail.com