2018-19 Workshop Series

General Workshop Information:

St. Louis AOSA has changed locations!!! Our new location is Ellisville Elementary School, 1425 Froesel Dr., Ellisville, MO 63011. Click here for detailed directions and a map of the area (Ellisville is approximately 25 miles west of downtown St. Louis).


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2018-19 Workshop Series


Roger Sams: Orff and Kodaly, Friends Not Foes!

August 25, 2018 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Roger SamsTogether we will explore ways in which to integrate both Orff and Kodaly in a well-rounded music classroom that balances skill development with creativity. (Offered in partnership with SLAKE.)

Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Poland, and Scotland. He currently serves as Director of Publications and Music Education Consultant at Music is Elementary (www.MusicIsElementary.com). Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” and “Percussive Play.” He has published works for children’s choirs in the “Crooked River Choral Project” series and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round My Heart.”


Tracy King: Working the Workstations

September 22, 2018 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

This session will focus on practical ways to include workstations in your classroom to enhance student learning. Tips on setting up stations in a variety of classroom sizes, tracking data and integrating into your curriculum will be shared. Singing, composing, playing, reading, writing, and dancing are just a few of the things your students can do at a music workstation. This is a fast-paced session filled with many tried and true activities.

Tracy King is in her 22nd year of sharing her love of music with students and colleagues. Currently she teaches elementary music and choir at Fredericktown Intermediate in Fredericktown, Missouri. In her career she has had experienced teaching all grade levels, band and choir. In addition to her work in her district, Tracy has presented workshops on incorporating music into regular classrooms using children’s literature at the Missouri State Teachers Association state convention and to future teachers at College of the Ozarks. She has also traveled to several state music conferences to speak about using workstations in the music classroom. She served on the committee that created the Missouri Music Grade Level Expectations and has been featured in Teaching Music magazine as well as MSTA’s School and Community Magazine. Tracy is the author of Bulletin Boards for the Music Classroom, a website for music educators and can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers as The Bulletin Board Lady. Her professional affiliations include MMEA, NAfME, AOSA and MSTA. Currently she resides in Fredericktown with her son Joey (19) and her daughter Sophie (7).


Manju Durairaj: 21st Century Orff Schulwerk – Evolution of Process

October 20, 2018 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Manju DurairajThis workshop demonstrates the Orff Schulwerk model that integrates music, movement/dance, speech, and as a synthesis of the performing arts, within the context of a 21st century educational framework. This optimizes instructional time, includes class management, advocates and incorporates student choice, develops collaboration and communication skills along with awareness and empathy for self and others, and integrates available technology while stimulating creativity and providing opportunities for individual strengths to be used and recognized. The workshop illustrates how to purposefully weave inclusivity skills into the music curriculum. Through diverse children’s literature, movement, and multicultural song, dance, speech, and instrumental pieces that are taught with as close a simulation to authenticity as possible students may be led to discover, explore, and create while acquiring a respectful acceptance of the similarities and differences that exist among themselves, their community, and the larger world. The skills developed through the Orff Schulwerk can have lifelong implications in creating growth mindset and developing resilient and responsible global citizens for the future.

Manju currently teaches PreK-5 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is program chair and past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago where she teaches curriculum and PreK-5 methods courses. She was on the Diversity Commission of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and is on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She is SMART certified, SMART Exemplary Educator and a Seesaw ambassador/trainer and customizes these training courses for music educators. Her continuing education courses, on campus and online, include early childhood, PreK-5 general music methods, curriculum, technology, Orff Schulwerk, assessment and standards. She is a frequent clinician at ISME AOSA, OAKE, NAME and various other state, national, and international conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today’s Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.


AOSA National Conference

November 7-10, 2018 | Cincinnati, OH

AOSA is celebrating 50 years as an organization. Lots of members are planning to attend, and we hope to see you there!


Meg Tietz: Planning Programs with Purpose

February 23,2019 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Meg TietzThe performances that are put on by a music teacher during the school year are one of our major ways to communicate to our parents, teaching colleagues, and administrators what is happening within our classroom on a daily basis. Additionally, with limited time in our schedules to make these programs a reality, it is essential that material is carefully chosen to support our curriculum instead of detracting from it. This workshop will focus on different ways one might construct a program to fit within various constraints while still giving opportunity for student ownership, creativity, and joyful artistry and without sacrificing valuable teaching time.

Meg Tietz teaches K-5 music at Bay Elementary School in Seabrook, TX.  Meg completed her Masters Degree with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk at the University of St. Thomas in 2009.  She is an active presenter for local and national workshops and conferences and teaches Orff Levels at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  Meg is the current president of the Texas Gulf Coast Orff Chapter.


STL AOSA Chapter Share

April 6, 2019 | 9:00AM—12:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Sheila Baer

Prepare your class everyday- to Present a concept- for Presenting to others. A Kodaly approach with Orff enrichment.

Stephanie Brueggeman

Fun ideas for teaching recorder. Please bring a recorder.

Potluck luncheon will follow the workshop at noon.

Quick Info

2018-19 Workshop Series
August 25, 2018
Roger Sams:
Orff and Kodaly, Friends Not Foes!
September 22, 2018
Tracy King:
Working the Workstations
October 20, 2018
Manju Durairaj:
21st Century Orff Schulwerk – Evolution of Process
February 23,2019
Meg Tietz:
Planning Programs with Purpose
April 6, 2019
STL AOSA Chapter Share
Sheila Baer & Stephanie Brueggeman
Membership Dues & Workshop Fees
Local Chapter Dues: $25
National Membership Dues: $85
Workshop Fees:
  • Members: $30
  • Non-Members: $55
  • Full-Time Students: FREE! (must provide proof of full-time status)
St. Louis AOSA Package (Local Chapter Dues and All Workshops): $95 BEST DEAL!