Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White

October 14, 2017 - Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White

Location: Collegiate School in Richmond 103 N. Mooreland Rd., Richmond, VA 23229


While music teachers differ in pedagogical approach, materials, and instructional strategies, we share a common goal of adding value to children’s lives through the vehicle of music. Our current National Music Standards suggest we enrich children’s lives by cultivating music literacy through creating, performing, and responding. Certainly these artistic processes are deeply embedded in the Orff Schulwerk approach.

While we may share common goals, one of the defining features of the Orff Schulwerk approach separating us from “traditional” music instruction is process, the steps by which we lead children to experience and understand music. Through active learning, children imitate, explore, and create music, thereby developing music literacy and skills. This workshop is designed to allow participants to experience and reflect on varied approaches to process and to consider the application of various strategies in their respective classrooms. Come prepared to sing, dance, play, and create in community as together we experiment with ideas and learn with playfulness, freedom, and joy!

Dr. Yoder-White is a certified Orff Schulwerk specialist and frequently presents workshops featuring her compositions and arrangements. She teaches Orff Schulwerk certification courses at Appalachian State University and Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia, and serves as clinician and author for Silver Burdett Making Music and Silver Burdett Interactive Music. Additionally, Yoder-White maintains active participation in music education research and has presented papers and authored articles in international, national, regional, and state arenas. She was a presenter at the Spokane (2010) and Pittsburgh (2011) National American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Conferences and has presented workshops to AOSA chapters in Washington, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She served as keynote presenter at the 2003 and 2005 Hawaii Music Educators Association Conferences in Honolulu and traveled to Thailand and Hong Kong in 2004 to present at the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) Conference. Yoder-White frequently works in international schools in Asia, teaching demonstration lessons and leading professional development workshops for teachers.

If you are not a member of the chapter,register for this workshop or join the chapter by clicking here.

Registration is at 8:30 AM. Workshop is 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

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January 27, 2018 - Chapter Sharing

Location: Collegiate School in Richmond 103 N. Mooreland Rd., Richmond, VA 23229

Clinicians will be our fine members.

Our Chapter Sharing workshop will take place on Saturday, January 27th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Collegiate School in Richmond. Our talented and creative chapter members will be presenting on a variety of topics related to the Orff Schulwerk approach. You are sure to walk away with some great ideas to use in your classroom! Workshop attendance counts for 4 recertification points.

Chapter Sharing will take place in the Estes Building in the Weinstein Wing on Collegiate's Lower School campus. Workshop attendees should park in the lot near River Road Presbyterian Church on River Rd, not one of the lots on N Mooreland Rd. Click here for directions to the River Rd lot.

College students, retirees, music supervisors, and university professors are invited to attend our workshops FOR FREE, so please spread the word! Click here to register, or register in person. Attendees registering at the workshop can pay with cash or a check made payable to "JRV-AOSA." The workshop fee is $50 for non-members.

Chapter members may bring a guest to the workshop for free! Guests of chapter members should email Chapter Secretary Dana Patek. We encourage you to bring a recorder for the workshop, and a snack to share during breaks. Coffee will be provided. Please note that registration begins at 8:30 am, and the workshop will begin promptly at 9:00. We encourage you to come a few minutes early to check in, grab a cup of coffee and a snack, and socialize before we get started.

After the workshop, attendees are welcome to join us for a working lunch at MOSAIC (directions & menu). If you would like to dine with us after the workshop, please RVSP no later than Wednesday, January 24th by emailing Chapter President Christine Hoffman.

If you are not a member of the chapter,register for this workshop or join the chapter by clicking here.

Registration is at 8:30 AM. Workshop is 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

March 24, 2018 - Dr. Patrick Ware

Location: Cale Elementary School 1757 Avon Street Extended, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hip Cats and Cool Kids

Join in as we explore the world of jazz in the general music classroom. Be prepared to scat, swing, move and groove as we mesh the Schulwerk with America’s music – Jazz! You will experience all aspects of the Schulwerk from speech and song to rhythm and movement. Student success guaranteed.

Dr. Patrick Ware, a Boston native, began his composition studies at Westfield State College where he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. After receiving his MSEd from Radford University, he completed his Orff Schulwerk Certification and movement apprenticeship at George Mason University. Patrick is a graduate of the doctoral program at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University. Along with his K-5 general music, and choral duties in Prince William County Public Schools, Prince William County VA, Patrick taught the movement component for the Carnegie Mellon University Orff Schulwerk teacher training course as well as the movement and recorder components for the Worcester Public Schools Orff Schulwerk teacher training course. He taught the Level 1 Pedagogy for the VCU Orff course at Collegiate for two summers. He is an active clinician and choral conductor at both the national and local level. Find out more about Patrick and his publications at patrickware.biz.

If you are not a member of the chapter, register for this workshop or join the chapter by clicking here.

Registration is at 8:30 AM. Workshop is 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

July 23 - August 3, 2018. 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Certification Course at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virgina

Orff Schulwerk Course at Collegiate School in Richmond VA

Come join us on the beautiful campus of Collegiate School in Richmond Virginia for this two-week Orff course. All three levels are offered, Level 1 - Charlie Tighe; Level 2 - Ellen Koziel; Level 3 - Brent Holl; Paul Bakeman - Recorder; Mary Dorsey Evans - Movement.

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