2024-2025

Workshop Series & Collegiate Credit

Did you know that attending our workshop series can be counted as graduate credit? 

Click here for more information on both credit options.

 August 17, 2024 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tips and Tricks for a Great School Year!

Presenter: St. Louis AOSA chapter members

From repertoire to lesson extensions to classroom management tips, music educators from the St. Louis Metro area will share their expertise in a casual social setting. This is a free event but all are welcome to purchase food & drink at the venue as desired.  This event is separate from the 2024-2025 workshop series.

Dogwood Social House Ellisville Location

15682 Manchester Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011 

September 28, 2024 9:00-1:00

Effortless Play: Using the Schulwerk to Enhance Creativity

Presenter: Matthew Stensrud

There's always a place for creation- a folk dance with a twist, a chance to explore the xylophone, or an opportunity to see what your body can do with one word- but pulling these ideas from our students can be challenging. Let's go back to the Schulwerk roots of playfulness, discovery, and wonder as we explore these ideas and more through student-led choices, improvisation, risk-taking, and more. We'll unearth the unexpected, so join us on the journey!



October 5, 2024   9:00-1:00

Playing with the Schulwerk

Presenter: Gerard Stokes

Come and explore playful uses of diverse children's literature as the basis for movement, singing, and instrumental exploration! 

January 11, 2025 10:00-1:00 
Ellisville Elementary Music Room

Jam Session: Preview with a Purpose

Presenter: Chapter Members

Bring your Music for Children Volumes and join us in exploring the wide variety of its musical options.  A great opportunity to test out materials for your classroom and get ideas from other chapter members!

February 8, 2025 9:00-1:00

Keep It Simple: Do MORE with LESS!

Presenter: Christine Ballenger

Our jobs as general music educators can be complex- typically teaching five or six different grade levels during the course of a week, each with its own content and skills. But with this challenge comes the opportunity to teach students multiple years in a row where we can build on their skills and sequence our instruction. Here's where I invite you to consider doing MORE with LESS- how can one song or experience apply to multiple areas of learning? How can a piece grow from a song and game in first grade into an arrangement of barred instruments and recorder improvisation in third or fourth grade?  Experience several activities that work with multiple grade levels depending on the focus YOU want to have in your instruction!

March 1, 2025 9:00-1:00

Presenter: Mary Knysh



2024-2025 St. Louis AOSA workshop series printable flyer.pptx (1).pdf

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