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North Central Wisconsin Orff AOSA Chapter #121

2015-16 Events

NCWO has a reciprocity agreement with Greater Milwaukee Orff Dimensions and AWAKE.  Please present your membership card upon registration

Same Yet Different: Diversity and Inclusion, and Orff Schulwerk

Presented by Manju Durairaj

Addressing diversity and inclusion has become increasingly relevant in education. As teachers we are aware of the growing need to create and expand an increasingly diverse learning environment that will best prepare our students to thrive in a complex society. Mindful music education makes aware the diversity in learning styles, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and family structure then explores instructional tools that deliberately work toward inclusion of all learners. In addition, in an effort to promote global citizenship there is a renewed impetus toward bringing music of other cultures into the classroom.

Judy Bond says in AOSA's WISDOM BLOG, "In the spirit of Orff Schulwerk, we believe that direct experience with active music making and movement comes first, followed by the time for reflection, discussion, and sharing ideas."

This spirit allows multicultural music to be approached with respect and experienced directly in the music classroom. It can be accessed and performed by students outside the culture with the clear understanding that the interpretation and performance of the music is framed within the perimeter of the teacher's knowledge of the culture and it's musical vocal and performance techniques. This classroom musical experience is dependent on available materials, instruments, and resources.

This workshop explores methods of accessing culturally diverse learners as well as teaching music from other cultures with integrity using familiar movement and music vocabulary. The process of the Orff Schulwerk becomes a conduit to explore and experience unfamiliar territory using familiar tools. 

Saturday September 26, 2015

UW-Stevens Point, Noel Fine Arts Center, Room 201

Registration begins at 8:30am

Workshop is 9:00am-2:30pm, including a one hour lunch break (on your own)


Manju Durairaj

Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied at the University of Pune, India, where she obtained a BS in Mathematics. She was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. She graduated with her second master's degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Manju is also certified in Orff-Schulwerk, completing her levels at George Mason University, with master classes at University of St. Thomas, and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria.

Manju currently teaches Pre K-4 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She is also a SMART certified trainer. She is an Adjunct Professor in Elementary General Music at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. She is on the Diversity Commission of the National American Orff Schulwerk ASsociation and on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She has presented as ISME, AOSA, OAKE, NAfME, MKMEA, IMEA, ILMEA, WMEA, TMEA and other international and national conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, 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 and Technology in Today's Music Classroom



Satellite Series: Wolves and Lions

Join us in River Falls for a morning of fun! Nathan McReynolds will present on how to use traditional folktales to get your students improvising, composing, and scripting their own mini musicals to perform. He will also be sharing tips and tricks to help get your students more comfortable creating their own movement. Guest presenter Cindy Knoll will be sharing how she uses the book The Gunnywolf to promote singing, dancing, and playing in the music room.

Saturday October 3, 2015

Westside Elementary, 1007 W. Pine Street, River Falls, WI 54022

Registration: 8:30am-9:00am

Workshop: 9:00am-12:30pm

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Nathan McReynolds, host

Nathan McReynolds has completed Orff Levels I and II & Kodaly Level 1 and serves as President of North Central Wisconsin Orff. 



Satellite Series: Empowering Great Music Teaching

Come to Tomahawk for activities and curriculum ideas to help spark your energy and creativity as you foster your students in making music, creating music, and understanding music. Workshop to include lesson resource and technology idea sharing time; classroom techniques and scheduling discussion; SLO small group Q/A opportunity; and of course ideas for making music, making up music and making sense of music lesson activities. 

Saturday October 10, 2015

The School District of Tomahawk Auditorium, 1048 E. King Road, Tomahawk, WI 54487

Registration: 8:30-9:00am

Workshop: 9:00am-12:30pm

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Kristi Anderson, host

Kristi Anderson has taught 4K-5th grade music at Tomahawk Elementary for the last 12 years. Previous to this time, she taught middle school band in Tomahawk and spent time teaching band, choir, and general music in Mesa, Arizona. Her Orff experience began with the Phoenix chapter and has continued with NCWO. Kristi completed Level 1 Orff Schulwerk training at ASU and Level 2 at St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She was instrumental in chartering the NCWO chapter and believes that the chapter's purpose is to be a beacon for elementary music in North Central Wisconsin. Kristi is honored to serve as host for a satellite workshop this year. 

Satellite Series: Fall into Orff

Come participate in take away activities for your elementary music classroom. This presentation will feature lesson ideas that are curriculum based with fun fall and Halloween themes. Activities will include singing, speech, movement, instrument playing, recorder tips, and games for K-5 students. We will also demonstrate possibilites for integrating children's literature and the smartboard in a music classroom.

Saturday October 17, 2015

Halmstad Elementary School, 565 E. South Avenue, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Registration: 8:30-9:00am

Workshop: 9:00am-12:30pm

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Jennifer Kuehl, host


WMEA State Music Conference "Musical Minds, Broader Minds" 

October 28-31, 2015 at Monona Terrace in Madison, WI

AOSA National Professional Development Conference "Waves of Learning"

November 11-14, 2015 in San Diego, CA

Process? What Process? 

Presented by Brian Burnett

Deconstruct music from the volumes to learn six distinct process strategies. Develop your own lessons by analyzing lesson examples. Bring a recorder, the Rhythmische Ubung (Rhythm Workbook) and Volumes I-IV. 

Saturday February 6, 2016

UW-Stevens Point, Noel Fine Arts Center, Room 201

Registration begins at 8:30am

Workshop is 9:00am-2:30pm, including a one hour lunch break (on your own)

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Brian Burnett

Brian Burnett taught elemental music & movement near Toledo, Ohio. He has published in the Ohio MEA Triad, The Orff Echo and the textbook series Share the Music and Spotlight on Music. He serves as the National Conference Director for AOSA, teaches level two in the summer and presents workshops on assessment, movement and improvisation across the country. 



Festival Chair: Amy Heitzman

Members of NCWO with a minimum of Level 1 training may sign up to bring students to this special day-long event. Students will work with members of NCWO, learning music in a variety of modes. 

Saturday February 20, 2016

Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids

Registration begins at 8:30am

Festival begins at 9:00am and concludes with a performance at 4:00pm. 

Registration is $35 per student. 

More Information on this event will come as the date approaches. If you are interested in attending, helping, teaching, or being a part of the day, please contact us & let us know to put you on our list.