Sing-A-Long This Saturday with Joanne Hammil!

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

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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!

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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: