2019-20 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).


Membership Dues and Workshop Fees:

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2019-20 Workshop Series


Artie Almeida: The Dynamic General Music Classroom and Heavy Academics, Delivered Joyfully

August 17, 2019 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Artie AlmeidaJoin Artie and other music teachers for a fun workshop of singing, moving, and playing! Don’t forget your recorder and a hand drum.

Dr. Artie Almeida recently retired after 37 years of teaching in the public schools. She was the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in the Orlando FL area, where she taught 1200 K-5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have performed for NAfME, AOSA, and on the NBC Today Show. Look for The Bear Lake Sound in the upcoming music education advocacy documentary “Marching Beyond Halftime.”

Artie was chosen as Florida Music Educator of the Year, and was also selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society. She was a Teacher of the Year at the school level 6 times, Seminole County Teacher of the Year, Runner-Up for Florida Teacher of the Year and was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. Artie is included in the publications Who’s Who in American Education, and Great Minds of the 21st Century.

Artie was an adjunct professor of music education at the University of Central Florida for 34 years, the saxophone instructor at Valencia State College, the music and movement instructor at Seminole State College and a saxophone performer and teacher. Additionally, she performs early music with Ars Antiqua and the Halifax Consort.


Chris Judah-Lauder: A Collaborative Effort

September 21, 2019 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Chris Judah-LauderExplore songs and activities that engage students to experience a creative outcome through a collaborative effort with emphasis on accountability, assessment and classroom management. Be ready to dance, play drums, pitched percussion and more.  Bring your soprano recorders and plan for an energizing and creative workshop. Geared for upper elementary.

Chris Judah-Lauder lives in Dallas, TX and is retired after teaching forty years of general music; kindergarten–eighth grade; and Orff, recorder, and drum ensembles at Clay Middle School, South Bend, IN; St. Lawrence School, Indianapolis, IN; and Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Dallas, TX. Chris has the designation of Master Teacher with Indiana University from South Bend, IN.

Chris is a Past President of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and has chaired two National AOSA Conferences; 2009 in Milwaukee and 2017 in Fort Worth, TX. She is an endorsed teacher education instructor for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and has been on faculty at Trinity University, TX; VanderCook College School of Music in Chicago; Michigan Orff College in Detroit, MI; and North Dakota State University. Chris presents many Master Orff Courses throughout the country and is currently serving as a consultant for several Title One schools, working directly in the classroom with the music teacher.

She is an active clinician for in-service staff developments, Level Courses, Orff Schulwerk Chapters, State Music Education Conferences, and international workshops. Chris has seventeen publications and is a senior author for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.


Michael Vasquez: Reflective Movement: Growing an Idea

October 19, 2019 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Michael VasquezIncluding movement activities and extensions in class increases student buy-in and engagement, but how do you build a movement culture without sacrificing time or content.  See how easy it is to include dailly movement games and activities in your lessons while also teaching students to appreciate its usefulness through self-reflection, group analysis, and peer evaluations.

Michael Vasquez teaches K-5 music at Kuentz Elementary in San Antonio, TX. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Texas at San Antonio and received his Orff training at Trinity University. He is an ACEMM spotlight award recipient and active clinician on Orff process, elemental movement, and recorder methodology. He is a NISD teacher of the year and HEB Educator of Excellence Nominee. Michael enjoys teaching summer courses across the nation as an AOSA movement and recorder instructor.


AOSA National Conference

November 20-23, 2019 | Salt Lake City, UT


Drue Bullington: Tapping into the Power of Play Parties and Singing Games

February 8, 2020 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Drue BullingtonThe performances that are put on by a music teacher during the school year are one Begin with a game and let the mysterious wonder of the Orff Schulwerk process take the learners on a journey through a progression of possibilities of fun singing games and play parties with unique twists and untapped potential for exploration.

Exploring possibilities with Play Parties and Singing Games is a excellent support of Orff Schulwerk teaching and learning in that it roundly includes American history, culture and traditions as well as provides rich content for music learning that is curricular and spirals through every age student.

Drue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown and J.E. Fritz Elementary Schools at Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Drue has a rich and varied background in elemental music and movement pedagogy and choral music having been a conductor of children’s choirs of all ages. Bullington is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. Drue holds a second master’s degree from Wilkes University in Online Teaching and Learning with an Online Educator’s Certificate of Endorsement from the state of Pennsylvania. He has also participated in master classes and an apprenticeship program in Orff Schulwerk at George Mason University.

Drue has taught in several Orff Schulwerk Certification programs around the U.S. and offers numerous professional development and workshop sessions on elemental music and movement through the Orff Schulwerk Approach, elemental music and movement applications in the classroom, incorporating technology, and integrating the soprano ukulele into the K-12 music classroom.


STL AOSA Chapter Share and Potluck Luncheon

March 7, 2020 | 9:00AM—12:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Presenters TBA.  Come join us as we learn from each other and share ideas within the chapter.

Potluck luncheon will follow the workshop at noon.


Matthew Stensrud: The Infusion of Responsive Classroom in the Schulwerk

April 11, 2020 | 9:00AM—1:00PM | Ellisville Elementary

Matthew StensrudToo often, we lose sight of process, creation, exploration, and more when addressing behavior in our classroom. How can we address these issues while staying true to the Schulwerk? Responsive Classroom is a procedure-based, community-driven approach to classroom management and holds principles similar to Orff Schulwerk. Come learn more about this approach, see how it looks in the elementary classroom, and discover how Responsive Classroom can be easily infused into our Schulwerk practice. Join us for a morning full of playing, speaking, singing, moving and creating!

Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Orff Schulwerk certified Elementary Music and Movement Teacher at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. Matthew has presented at AOSA national conferences, state conferences, local chapters, and school districts across the country. He is also a certified levels teacher and currently teaches movement at Orff courses in South Carolina and Oregon. Matthew serves on the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo and recently was a key contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, PE, Art, and Other Special Areas. Matthew has received the Spotlight Award from American Center for Elemental Music and Movement and was recognized by his school as Teacher of the Year in 2017. Matthew also actively advocates for and helps teachers through social media and can be found on Facebook and Instagram @mistersorff and on his website, www.misterSorff.com.


Quick Info

2019-20 Workshop Series

August 17, 2019
Artie Almeida:
The Dynamic General Music Classroom


September 21, 2019
Chris Judah-Lauder:
A Collaborative Effort


October 19, 2019
Michael Vasquez:
Reflective Movement: Growing an Idea


February 8, 2020
Drue Bullington:
Play Parties and Singing Games


March 7, 2020
STL AOSA Chapter Share


April 11, 2020
Matthew Stensrud:
Responsive Classroom in the Schulwerk

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