Welcome to the Treasure State Orff Chapter! 

!!!! March Workshop Date Change !!!!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 3rd

Our presenter moved out of country, so we needed to make a quick change.
We are thrilled to welcome:

Diana Hawley

The Innovative Orff Classroom

As elementary music teachers in 2018, what continues to draw us to Orff Schulwerk? What materials, tools and processes resonate with our students? How do we know that the lessons we design actually lead to student learning?  In our time together, we will explore these questions through active music making, creating and reflecting and challenge ourselves to consider if the way we have always done things is best for our students of today.

Diana Hawley teaches Kindergarten through sixth grade music and supports teachers as an Instructional Strategist in Innovation in the Iowa City Community School District. She holds a BA in Music and Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College and an MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas. Before moving to Iowa, she taught in St. Paul, MN and at International School Bangkok in Thailand. In 2014, Diana received a Barbara Potter Scholarship from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association to attend the International Summer Course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Working closely with Jane Frazee and several contributors, Diana co-edited and authored Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action: Orff-Schulwerk Classroom Projects for a New Generation of Learners. In 2017, Diana taught Orff Schulwerk curriculum courses in St. Louis, Philadelphia and St. Paul.

January Chapter Sharing – January 20, 2018
Featuring Dorothy Morrison and the Lewis & Clark Peace Choir
Drumming with Dorothy
Ukuleles with Brandon Ensley

Dorothy Morrison teaches K-5 general music at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Missoula, MT.   She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in oboe performance, and a M.A. with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology from The University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Dorothy has a Level III certification in Orff Schulwerk and was a Regional Representative for AOSA.  Since 1994 she has been an active student, teacher and performer of the djembe drum tradition.

Workshop participants will learn several West African rhythms and their accompanying songs for use in the general music classroom.


The Lewis and Clark Peace Choir was formed in 2007-08 under the direction of L&C teachers – Jane McAllister, Dorothy Morrison and Kathy Dungan.

It is an extra-curricular activity open to any child K-5. Through the repertoire of music, the choir strives to empower children in developing positive relationships, thinking strategies and to help in character building.  The inclusive nature provides a vehicle for students to expand their relationship web within the school and the music exposes the singers to national and international cultures of song, helping to form global citizens. Through community and school performances the students have additional opportunity to make music and perform.

The Peace Choir directors will share the unique history of the group with TSO, perform some of their favorite pieces and share a piece of music for the participants to take away.

 Brandon Ensley teaches K-5 music and beginning band at Franklin Elementary School in Missoula.  He holds a B.M.E. from the University of Montana and is also graduate of UM’s Creative Pulse Program.  Brandon has served on the Treasure State Orff board for eight years.  Brandon fell in love with the ukulele seven years ago after receiving one for his birthday.  Brandon’s wife, Erin, fell out of love with the ukulele shortly after Brandon received his.  

All workshops are held at Paxson School in Missoula.
A map is available HERE >>
Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please bring snacks to share during our breaks!

OPI and graduate credit are available

OPI (Recertification):

  1. Go to pd4montana@hrmplus.net
  2. Login or register for an account.  You will automatically go to “course registration”. You must register PRIOR to the workshop.
  3. Click on January 20 and later, March 3.
  4. Find and Register for #10001, TSO Chapter Sharing. March workshop is 10000, The Innovative Orff Classroom.
  5. Complete all pages.  If you get a critical error report after the last page, don’t worry.   You’ll still show up on the roster.
  6. Be sure to sign the roster at next week’s awesome workshop!

A few days after the course, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to evaluate the course.   Log into pd4montana.hrmplus again, finish the evaluation then click on “My records” to print the OPI page for your records.  This needs to be done before June 4.

Please let Brenda Griggs know if you have any problems.  🙂

Graduate Credit through the University of Montana

Attendees of all three workshops can sign up for 1 university credit. The fee is $135. Shane Robertson will have the registration forms at the January chapter sharing workshop. Interested people will need to fill out the form, pay the fee, and return to Shane at some point during the workshop. Payment can be made with a credit card or a check. If taking for graduate credit (which everyone with a completed bachelor’s should do), each person will need to write a 5-page paper after completing the three workshops. Papers should address the three workshops and need to be turned in to Shane Robertson by April 14th (do not stress about the papers…it is just a formality for UM).

Spring Workshop
March 3, 2018



Treasure State Orff is an affiliate of AOSA.  For more information about the
American Orff-Schulwerk Association please visit aosa.org

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“The American Orff-Schulwerk association strongly encourages members to be positive and discreet when discussing our organization, specific courses and/or teachers, and the Orff movement. The very nature of the Orff Schulwerk philosophy embodies a broad spectrum of expressions exploring different paths to arrive at artistic and educational goals. Members are encouraged to recognize and remain open to varied approaches and to celebrate both our differences and our similarities.”