Welcome to the Treasure State Orff Chapter! 

March 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Paul Weller

This workshop will primarily focus on how a well sequenced Orff classroom can achieve music literacy based concepts and foster greater student independence. Participants will expereince strategies to create successful improvisation and composition experiences, simple assessment tools that work for every level, and logical sequential steps for melodic independence. A secondary focus of this workshop will be on how using less material can deepen a students understanding of the language of music. 

Paul Weller has been teaching elemental music for the past 15 years in Minnesota to grades K-5.  He earned a B.A from St. Olaf College, M.A. in Education from Saint Mary’s University and Orff Schulwerk Certification from University of St. Thomas.  Paul is an active presenter and has has taught workshops both locally and nationally, is an Orff Schulwerk teacher educator for Level I and serves as the webmaster for the Minnesota Orff board. When not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and cooking. 

Lunch is on your own for this workshop. Please bring a new face, and a snack to share during the breaks!

It’s Silent Auction time! Bring cash or your checkbook to purchase some quality Orff Shulwerk items at yard sale prices! Also, we will auction off a full day Bitterroot River fishing trip guided by Bob Prince.  YOU CAN’T MISS THIS!!!

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):

Registration is now open for Treasure State Orff workshop on March 11.

  1. Go to pd4montana@hrmplus.net
  2. Login or register.  You will automatically go to “course registration”
  3. Click on March 11.
  4. Find and Register for #7736 , Paul Weller Music Literacy and Student Independence in an Orff-Schulwerk 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. Lori Gray 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 Lori 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 Lori Gray by April 14th (do not stress about the papers…it is just a formality for UM).

September 23, 2017

Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles

Authors of GamePlan

This workshop is not to be missed! 

Orff Schulwerk Under Construction!
This workshop examines a variety of ways to construct an activity, build a lesson, or develop a performance and offers materials appropriate for lower as well as upper elementary grade students.
Randy DeLelles taught elementary music for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV and Jeff Kriske was the director of music activities at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, NV.  Both are active workshop presenters throughout the United States and Canada.   
Randy and Jeff have made contributions to the McGraw-Hill, Silver-Burdett, and Warner Brothers textbook series. They have co-authored 13 publications and in 2012 completed work on GAMEPLAN: An Active Music Curriculum for Children (kindergarten through fifth grade).

In case you missed it…Our last Chapter Workshop was September 24, 2016
Ashley Brown Woodside

In Motion

Start your year off on the right foot with artistry and inspiration through carefully crafted dance and creative movement experiences to share with your students. Movement is a pillar of Orff Schulwerk. To Carl Orff and his collaborators, Gunild Keetman and Maja Lex, the unity of music, dance and speech was understood as a trinity of creative expression. Music, movement and speech share roots in the elements of time and rhythm that permeate all aspects of the Schulwerk. Let the joy of dancing with your friends in a safe, supportive environment feed your soul to start the school year off strong!

Ashley Brown Woodside has been exploring the intersection of dance and music ever since her upbringing in a house that doubled as a thriving dance school. Her experiences with both studio dance styles and Israeli folk dance complement her studies in Music Education as a woodwind specialist. Ashley completed her Orff Levels training at the San Francisco Orff Course and she is currently on the AOSA roster of approved teacher educators in movement. Ashley has taught in schools and dance studios in New York, California and Maryland, and was the Movement teacher at The Hartt School Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training course in Connecticut. In addition to presenting workshops to schools and chapters nationally, she now enjoys working with instrumental students at The Key School in Annapolis, MD and teaching Orff Schulwerk at a Pre-K – 5th Montessori school.

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

AOSA logo

“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.”