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, http://aosa.org/annual-conference/

January 11-14, 2017 – FMEA, Tampa, FL, http://fmea.flmusiced.org/conference/

February 11, 2017 (9:00-3:00) – Thom Borden, State Orff Workshop, Orlando FL, http://www.centralfloridaorff.org/category/workshops/

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, claudia.lusararian@browardschools.com,  954-658-1066

Kristi English, President-Elect, kenlish@dadeschools.net

Kristy Pagan, Treasurer, kmpagan@dadeschools.net, 305-924-3398

Nieves Seoane, Secretary nseoane@dadeschools.net

Liese Connell, Palm Beach Liaison, liese.connell@palmbeachschools.org, 954-383-7960

South Florida Orff Workshops are held at locations in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Please visit http://www.southfloridaorff.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/South-Florida-Orff-153675604712349/ for updates.

16-17 SFOC Workshop Schedule

Chapter Share

Chapter Share Workshop

Featuring some of the finest music educators in South Florida

Robert Todd

If you didn’t get a chance to go to the National AOSA conference, Robert Todd will be bringing some of San Diego’s workshops back home to us.  These activities are for every music teacher to be able to use on Monday.

Don Hicks

Get ready to play violin the Orff Schulwerk way.  Don has written a special piece for our South Florida Orff Chapter.  Please bring your violin, and one to share.


Josue Rodriguez

Josue, along with his student ensemble, will perform a mini concert for us in the “Latina Orffa” style.  He will introduce some of the most common rhythms and scales that may be combined with Orff Schulwerk to add a richness to your already outstanding music program.

All members are welcome to share your best.

Please RSVP to claudia.lusararian@browardschools.com by 3/19/16 to ensure that presenter have enough copies of their notes to share.

Where:  Lake Forest Elementary School, 550 SW 48th Avenue, Pembroke Park, FL 33023

Directions:  Take I-95 exit Hallendale Beach Boulevard and go west.  Take a left turn at SW 48th Avenue.  The school is beyond the park on your right.  The music room is on the north side of the school.  Park by the dumpsters.

When:  Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (8:30 coffee)

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

Note: South Florida Orff Chapter is open for any music teacher to join. You do NOT need to take your Orff levels, in order to benefit from these workshops. All music teachers are welcome !

SFOC Does it Again!


The South Florida Orff Chapter had another amazing workshop this past Saturday.  Joanne Hammil sang her way into our hearts and souls!  Her goal was met as she provided us with a “plethora of repertoire” of rounds and partner songs.  Kudos to all the teachers from Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County who gave up their Saturday to enrich their students’ music program!

     If you are a member and missed either the first workshop with Beth Ann Hepburn or this past one with Joanne Hammil, please let me know and I’ll send you a copy of their notes.
     The American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Professional Development Conference is coming up in November.  That’s where we find our amazing clinicians by experiencing first hand what they have to offer.
     If you’d like more information, check out the following link:  http://aosa.org/annual-conference/.
     Keep the music alive, South Florida!

Sing-A-Long This Saturday with Joanne Hammil!

This Saturday, September 26, SFOC welcomes Joanne Hammil. Check out her flyer for all the details.

 15-16 Joanne Hammil
Joanne Hammil

Orff We Go with BethAnn Hepburn!

Happy New Year from your SFOC President, Liese Connell.  Our first workshop was a great success!  We had 35 music teachers from Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties who gave up their Saturday to attend our first workshop with BethAnn Hepburn.

We sang, dance, and played the four hours away under BethAnn’s amazing guidance.  Some lucky members won raffle prizes thanks to Peripole and Sonor.  We had recorders, pairs of egg shakers, pairs of mallets, and a Sonor glockenspiel!IMG_6666

IMG_6655IMG_6626Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26 when Joanne Hammil will share “Unique Rounds and Partner Songs”.  We will have more of the same prizes to raffle off to more lucky members.
Joanne Hammil

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!

Instrument Alphabet on teacherspayteachers.com:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:instrument%20alphabet

Home Page:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com

Home Page:  http://makemomentsmatter.weebly.com

Downloads:  http://makemomentsmatter.weebly.com/downloads.html