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Orff Level 1                  Coming Summer 2017  Pre-Register to save your spot ! 


Join us for the season finale, then Lunch at Olive Garden.


Woohoo ! For the first time ever, Orff level 1 coming to Miami. 

Denise Gagne Workshop 8/27/2016

16-17 Denise Gagne


South Florida Orff Chapter Presents Denise Gagne

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Denise Gagne is a music specialist with more than 35 years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to College levels.  Her choirs and bands won many awards at Music Festivals and performed for local and national sporting events, on national radio and even for the Queen.  Denise has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria,  a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Diploma in Music from the University of Auckland (pending), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Kodàly Level 3) from the University of Calgary with Lois Choksy.  She has completed Orff Level 3 and additional Orff training with Cindy Hall, Jay Broeker, Jos Wuytack and Donna Otto.

Denise has served on the boards of the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, the Saskatchewan Band Association, and served for eight years on the board of the Kodàly Society of Canada.  Denise is currently managing editor of Themes & Variations, preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to Red Deer elementary school music classrooms.

Denise is the author or editor of more than 80 publications for K- 6 music teachers.    She has been a workshop presenter in every Canadian province and territory and 49 states.  She presents regularly for Orff and Kodaly workshops, preschool and kindergarten conferences in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Australia!   Her workshops are fun, practical, and activity based!

Schulwerk and the Music Curriculum

Explore children’s literature using the Orff-Schulwerk process in a lively, participatory workshop.

Lake Forest Elementary School, 3550 SW 48th Ave., Pembroke Park, FL 33023

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (8:30 for coffee)

Cost: Free for Members, $30 for non-members

Please RSVP to Claudia Lusararian at

2016-2017 Workshop!


August 27, 2016 (9:00-1:00) – Denise Gagne: “Schulwerk and the Music Curriculum”, Lake Forest Elementary School, 3550 SW 48th Avenue, Pembroke Park, FL 33023

September 17, 2016 (9:00-1:00) – Cyndee Giebler: “Mining the Volumes”, David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center, 15000 Bay Vista Boulevard, North Miami, FL 33181

October 15, 2016 (9:00-1:00) – Greg Roman: “Orff in the Quaver Music Curriculum”, Boca Raton Elementary School, 103 SW 1st Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432

November 2-5, 2016 – AOSA National Convention, Atlantic City, NJ,

January 11-14, 2017 – FMEA, Tampa, FL,

February 11, 2017 (9:00-3:00) – Thom Borden, State Orff Workshop, Orlando FL,

March 4, 2017 – Chapter Share, Lake Forest Elementary School, 3550 SW 48th Avenue, Pembroke Park, FL 33023

SFOC is a local non-profit organization for music educators, which is nationally affiliated, with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). Originally developed by German musician and teacher Carl Orff with the assistance of Gunild Keetman, the Orff-Schulwerk (school work) philosophy utilizes music, movement, speech and creativity to educate the total child. Become a member of the SFOC, and begin your journey. You do NOT need to be Orff certified, and you do NOT need to have taken any Orff Levels to attend these professional developments. Improve your musicianship and overall effectiveness in the music classroom. Professional interaction with other talented music teachers promotes enthusiasm, translating into higher student achievement. Many School Districts acknowledge SFOC workshops and provide Recertification points. All music teachers, even those who lack equipment (such as xylophones or a room), can benefit from Orff workshops. Membership is $55 and allows entrance into every workshop held in the local chapter plus the one state workshop held in February. Come collaborate, learn, and celebrate music teaching!

For more information, please contact:

Claudia Lusararian, President,,  954-658-1066

Kristi English, President-Elect,

Kristy Pagan, Treasurer,, 305-924-3398

Nieves Seoane, Secretary

Liese Connell, Palm Beach Liaison,, 954-383-7960

South Florida Orff Workshops are held at locations in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Please visit and for updates.

16-17 SFOC Workshop Schedule