Spring 2022 Workshop

GRAOSA will host a spring workshop with Lisa Odom (Sullivan) on March 26, 2022 at Nazareth College. The workshop will be held in Medaille Hall at Nazareth College’s School of Music from 9am to 2pm. The GRAOSA board asks that masks continue to be worn for this workshop.

Lisa Odom (Sullivan) began teaching K-2 music at Madison School in Skokie, IL in August 2017.  Previously, Lisa taught K-5 music at Mohawk Trails Elementary in Carmel, IN for 28 years.  In 2017, Lisa was named the Elementary Music Teacher of the Year by Indiana MEA and in 2008, she was named Carmel Clay Teacher of the year.  She holds a BM from Butler University and a MAE from Ball State University and published a teacher resource during the summer of 2014 titled Playing with Improvisation: Technology with Integrity in the Orff Classroom.  Lisa served three years as the Region VI representative for AOSA and has presented at multiple NAfME, AOSA, and IMEA conferences.  During the summer months, Lisa teaches Orff Schulwerk Levels, and Orff Curriculum at Anderson University in Anderson, IN and DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

Workshop Title

Modal Sounds for Young’uns & Active Listening Lessons


Modal materials doesn’t have to be saved for your older students!  This part of the session will present modal folk songs and original elemental songs that can be used with students in K-2.  Students will sing, play, dance, and play instrument accompaniments adapted specifically for primary ages.  Come enjoy the plethora of sounds that you can share with your young’uns! The 2nd part of the session will be an introduction to the integration of body percussion and movement to orchestral works!  Through the use of visual media we will explore the form through body percussion, leading us ultimately to a full dance. We will also explore speech to use in a game along with an orchestral music.  Come experience active listening lessons, which make these wonderful works accessible to children.

Winter Workshop

GRAOSA hosted an excellent winter workshop with Connie Van Engen at Nazareth College on January 22, 2022. Enjoy these pictures of movement, creation and instrument playing!

Winter Workshop

The GRAOSA winter workshop will be January 22, 2022 at Nazareth College with Nazareth Orff-Schulwerk Level II instructor Connie Van Engen from 9 am to 2pm. The workshop will be in person in the Nazareth College Shults Center Forum Room and will follow Nazareth College’s Covid protocols. If you plan on attending, please check your email for updates throughout the week in case of changes.

Sound Structures for Creative Musicians

Improvisation is central to the Orff Schulwerk approach and provides students with opportunities to create and grow as musicians. As an educator, planning improvisational experiences for students can be intimidating. Through active participation, collaboration, personal reflection and group discussion, we will explore several structures designed to move students from imitation and exploration to improvisation and creation.

Connie Van Engen is the music specialist at Bell Prairie Elementary and was named Teacher of the Year in 2013 for the North Kansas City schools. She has served as AOSA Region III Representative and Recording Secretary. She is the National Conference Chair for the 2022 AOSA Professional Development Conference in Kansas City. Connie is an active presenter in the Orff Schulwerk approach. She teaches Level II Orff Schulwerk Basic Pedagogy at Trinity University in Texas, Baker University in Kansas and Nazareth College in New York

September Workshop

On September 18th, Erika Johnson Knapp, an Interim Professor of Music Teaching and Learning at the Eastman School of Music and a PhD candidate in Music Education at Michigan State University, presented a fun filled workshop at Nazareth College.

Everyone enjoyed being able to have an in person workshop again! GRAOSA provided sanitizer and snacks.

Liftbridge Book Shop, provided books for purchase.

Enjoy these photos of music, movement and balloons from GRAOSA’s September workshop with Erika Johnson Knapp.

Don’t miss GRAOSA’s winter workshop with Connie VanEngen, January 22, 2022.

2021 Orff Levels at Nazareth College

Nazareth College hosted their first ever Orff-Schulwerk levels course this past July. This year Nazareth hosted Level which included basics, recorder and movement courses.

BethAnn Hepburn

Level 1 Basics Instructor

Karen Medley

Recorder and Movement Instructor

Pictured below are the Nazareth College Orff-Schulwerk 2021 Level 1 participants, instructors, administrator and coordinators.

Pictured (not in order): Sarah Dresnack-Radtke, Charity Gillotti, Nina Glodstein, Anthony LaPenna, Holly McClow, Nicole Perrine, Amanda Petrella-Christ, Taylor Santabarbara, Mariah Schrader, Kelly Snyder, Toby Young
Course Instructors: BethAnn Hepburn-Pedagogy, Karen Medley-Recorder and Movement
Course Administrator-Dr. Keith Koster
Course Coordinators: Al Heary & Kathy Sullivan

Nazareth College plans to offer Levels 1 & 2 in the summer of 2022, with the addition of Connie Van Engen, GRAOSA’s winter workshop presenter, as the Level 2 basics instructor!

2021 Fall Workshop

Join us for GRAOSA’s first workshop of the year on September 18, 2021. The workshop will be an in person workshop at the Nazareth College Arts Center, Room A4. The fall workshop with Erika Johnson Knapp will be from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Membership forms can be completed online from the Membership Page. We are now offering 5 hours of CTLE credits for our workshops! Also new this year, if you attend all three workshops, you can receive Nazareth College Credit. See the Workshop page for more information!

Please be advised, if you are planning on attending the Fall Workshop, Nazareth has COVID policies that must be followed, which includes wearing a mask for the duration of the workshop, regardless of vaccination status.

Drive the CAR in your Music Room! 

Creating authentic experiences for your students that center around Creativity, Agency, and Reflection

Using poetry, children’s literature, the volumes, and more, participants will explore ways to center student creativity, agency and reflection in their classrooms. Additionally, participants will consider opportunities to incorporate principles of culturally sustaining pedagogy and universal design for learning into their program. Participants should bring a soprano recorder and wear comfortable clothes that allows for movement and play!

Erika Johnson Knapp is an Interim Professor of Music Teaching and Learning at the Eastman School of Music and a PhD candidate in Music Education at Michigan State University. Prior to her career in music teacher education, she served as a general and middle school music educator in the Mid-Michigan Area for 13 years, where she taught K-5 music, beginning ukulele, music appreciation, and middle school choir. She is a frequent guest clinician and presenter across the United States and Canada, focusing on creativity, equity, and authentic assessment in the classroom. Erika is also Orff Schulwerk pedagogy teacher for AOSA. Her research interests include students with dis/abilities, intersectional identity, and teacher professional development.

Also, please fill out this linked form if you plan on attending this workshop. We would like to know how many people to expect in advance. Pre-workshop registration on our website is highly encouraged. See the Membership Page for online registration.

2021-2022 Workshop Schedule

Announcing the 2021-2022 GRAOSA workshop series! We are so excited to bring you three amazing clinicians this year!

Fall Workshop

Erika Johnson Knapp

Drive the CAR in Your Music Room!

September 18, 2021 Location: TBD

Winter Workshop

Connie VanEngen

Sound Structure for Creative Musicians

January 22, 2022 Location: TBD

Spring Workshop

Lisa Odom

Modal Sounds for Young’uns & Active Listening Lessons

March 26, 2022 Location: TBD

All Saturday workshops are from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

-Continental breakfast is available from 8:30-9:00 am.
-Bring a bag lunch or order pizza.
-Browse a selection of children’s books, puppets, small instruments and “Presenter’s Picks” offered by Lift Bridge Book Shop.

GRAOSA workshops can now provide 5 hours of CTLE credits! Attend the workshops for the entire length for credit!

Go to the membership page for online registration!