So Many Good Resources – So Little Time!!!

Instrument Alpha Cover Page

For the past nine years I’ve been using an old animal picture alphabet set in my music room that used to hang on my classroom wall when I was a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teacher from 12 to 20 years ago.  Imagine my delight when I discovered an Instrument Alphabet downloadable set for only $3.00!  You have the option to print two per page (smaller and saving on ink and paper) or one per page (easier to see from a distance).  Silly me – I printed both and will have them laminated.  The small set I’ll use as a center and/or small group activity.  The larger set I’ll use in a whole group setting.  The other three links you’ll have to check out for yourself – too many things to mention here.  Happy Hunting!

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Repairing Orff Instruments!

It’s amazing what a little loving will do for an Orff instrument!  Are your instruments suffering from dust, spiders, broken pegs, buzzing bars, etc.?  I found a couple of sites that may be of help to you in your “spare” time!  Also, if you’re going to the National AOSA conference in San Diego this November, one of the sessions is titled “The Instrument Hospital – ER Repair and Care for Orff Instruments”.  The presenter is Lissa Ray, who is in the video for the first site listed below.

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BethAnn Hepburn Comes to South Florida!

                       The South Florida Orff Chapter presents a workshop featuring BethAnn Hepburn


     BethAnn Hepburn, M.A. Music Education, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and Teacher Education Instructor for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. BethAnn has taught music to grades pre-k to 6 for Streetsboro City Schools, with the distinction of Master Teacher from the State of Ohio. She is a former National Board Member for the AOSA, and currently on the board of Trustees for The American Center for Elemental Music and Movement, and she serves as the Ohio Music Education Association’s Professional Development Chair for General Music. She is a frequent presenter for AOSA National Conferences, Orff chapters across the United States, and has done workshops in China, Singapore, and Scotland. She is the music consultant for Music Is Elementary. BethAnn is co-author of Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom Books 1-3.

“Schulwerk Springboards”

Re-discover your elemental spirit through multiple creative inspiration points! Speak, Sing, Move, and Play your way through lessons inspired from many creative springboards! We will explore a day of lessons with clear music concepts at their core, that spring from many inspiration points: Move your students with eurhythmics to build a foundation for strong ensemble skills. Sing to start your creative pathway, Speak with expression as the impetus to building musicianship and compositions. Play ensemble pieces created through movement. Lessons will be appropriate for grades K-5.

Lake Forest Elementary School, 3550 SW 48th Avenue, Pembroke Park, FL 33023, Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (8:30 for coffee)  Cost: Free for Members, $30 for non-members

Please RSVP to Liese A. Connell at

Where Did the Summer Go???

Orff PicGreetings to all from your SFOC President, Liese Connell.  I can’t believe it’s almost August!  We have an amazing workshop series again this year and I hope you all will be able to participate.  We will also have raffle prizes donated by Peripole and Sonor.  Updates to follow soon.

South Florida Orff Chapter 2015-2016 Workshop Schedule

 “Music and Movement Education”

August 22, 2015 (9:00-1:00) – BethAnn Hepburn: “Schulwerk Springboards”, Lake Forest Elementary School, 3550 SW 48th Avenue, Pembroke Park, FL 33023

September 26, 2015 (9:00-1:00) – Joanne Hammil“Unique Rounds and Partner Songs”, David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center, 15000 Bay Vista Boulevard, North Miami, FL 33181

November 11-14, 2015 – AOSA National Convention, San Diego, CA,

January 13-16, 2016 – FMEA, Tampa, FL,

February 20, 2016 (9:00-3:00) – Jay Broeker, State Orff Workshop, Orlando FL,

April 16, 2016 – Chapter Share, Location TBA

Summer Workshops/Training

Central Florida Orff Chapter (CFOC) is offering Orff Level 1 at the University of Central Florida June 15th-26th. If you have not started this journey, now is a great time! Sandy Lantz and Gretchen Wahlberg are pedagogy and recorder instructors and Patrick Ware is teaching movement. Registration closes in 2 weeks.  These instructors are fantastic.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

See the following link from the AOSA web site for other Teacher Education courses around the country:

One more option – see the West Music link for Orff, Kodaly, and World Music Drumming workshops and courses:

The Importance of Clapping Games

This is an amazing article I saw on Facebook.  Enjoy!

Great SFOC Workshop with Thom Borden! Don’t’ Miss the Next One With Tim Wiegand!

 Our first workshop for the 2014-2015 school year was outstanding!  South Florida was pleased to welcome Thom Borden, who presented a terrific session on using children’s literacy in the music classroom.  If you come to the next workshop and join as a member for the year, we will send you his notes and answer any questions you have on the activities.

We hope to see you at our next workshop on September 13 with Tim Wiegand.  His session is titled “Energize Your Music Room”.

   “In this workshop teachers will participate in a variety of fun engaging games and activities that work.  The intent of this workshop is to build your students musicianship skills while bringing up their energy level and willingness to participate.  Getting students to engage and join in with bright eyes and smiles is always a challenge.  Not only will the students be energized to join in, but teachers will also be excited to try out new materials.   Teachers will sing, dance, play games, recorder, and Orff Instruments.  Along the way Tim will also share some of his classroom management techniques and tips.  Please bring a soprano recorder.”