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!

Spring Workshop with Matthew Stensrud

Join us for our third workshop of the year with Matthew Stensrud on March 20, 2021 from 10-12! This will be a virtual workshop through Zoom. Membership forms can be completed online from the Membership Page. Single workshop registration is also available on the Workshop page. We are now offering CTLE credits for our workshops!

Playful Procedures: Building a Community of Learners through Responsive Classroom

Too often, we lose sight of process, creation, exploration, and more when addressing behavior – and teaching virtually has only exacerbated these challenges. How can we create a community of learners when teaching from a distance, when on a cart, or when in various blended scenarios? In this workshop, we’ll learn more about Responsive Classroom and how we can utilize its principles to continue to make music and gather together whether in-person or on the screen

Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Elementary Music and Movement Teacher and currently teaches PK-4 music and movement at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement, and teaches Movement Levels in South Carolina and Oregon. Matthew is also on The Orff Echo Editorial Board and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. He is also well-known on social media as @MisterSOrff on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, and offers newsletters through this website www.mistersorff.com and mentoring, lesson plans, and more on his Patreon page.

If you already have a membership for this year, the Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the workshop.

If you would like to register for this workshop only click our workshop page and scroll down to single workshop registration. Once registered, you will be emailed the Zoom link prior to the workshop.

A link to a form will be sent out through Zoom Chat at the end of the workshop to request inservice/CTLE credits.

Orff-Schulwerk Levels I & II

GRAOSA is happy to announce that Nazareth College will be hosting Orff-Schulwerk level courses this summer. Levels I and II will be held in July led by BethAnn Hepburn, Karen Medley and Connie Van Engen. Levels courses are a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of Orff-Schulwerk and to improve your teaching and performing skills. For more information see the flyer below and scan the QR code.

Winter Workshop 1/23/21

Join us for GRAOSA’s second workshop of the year on January 23, 2021 with Kathleen Sullivan and Sheila Sullivan Buck. This will be a virtual workshop from 9am to 2pm with lunch and other small breaks. Membership forms can be completed online from the Membership Page. Single workshop registration is also available on the Workshop page. We are now offering CTLE credits for our workshops!

Kathleen Sullivan & Sheila Sullivan BuckTreasured Tunes and Tales: A Pandemic of Possibilities

In this workshop, participants will sing, move, play, and create using musical treasures old and new.

Kathleen Sullivan received a B.S. in Music Education from Nazareth College and a M.M. from Eastman School of Music.  She completed three levels of Orff Schulwerk teacher training at Eastman School of Music, three levels of Kodály teacher training at Hartt School of Music and Nazareth College, and studied at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria.  Ms. Sullivan received additional training in early childhood music with specialists in that field:   Dr. John Feierabend of Hartt School of Music, Dr. Donna Brink Fox of Eastman School of Music, and Lynn Kleiner of Music Rhapsody.   

Ms. Sullivan is a retired music teacher, having taught elementary vocal/general music for 29 years, mostly in the Greece Central School District.  In addition to her work in the public schools, Ms. Sullivan has participated in community and church music programs as a performer, accompanist, piano teacher, and choir director.  Ms. Sullivan is a past-president of the Greater Rochester American Orff Schulwerk Association (GRAOSA) and served three terms on the Board for that organization as secretary, vice-president, and president.   She has presented music workshops for GRAOSA, Nazareth College, and NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association).  

In December, 2015, Ms. Sullivan and Dr. Keith Koster of Nazareth College, presented a research grant paper “Standardized Test Scores and Instrumental Music Students Who Receive Pullout Instruction:  A Preliminary Analysis” at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, which was published in the May, 2016 edition of School Music News.  Ms. Sullivan was the 2016 recipient of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians’ Award for Outstanding Music Educators in the area of Classroom Music Specialist.

Currently, Ms. Sullivan is working as an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College supervising student teachers.  She is also the co-coordinator for the Orff Schulwerk Levels teacher training course that will now take place at Nazareth College.  Levels I and II will be offered July 19-30, 2021.

Sheila Sullivan Buck teaches vocal and general music at Sherman Elementary School in the Rush-Henrietta CSD.  Ms. Buck has presented for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference, the New York State School Music Association, TTOSA, WNYOSA, and the Monroe County School Music Association.  She has served the Greater Rochester American Orff-Schulwerk Association as President, Vice President, and Treasurer, and the MCSMA as All-County Coordinator.   Ms. Buck received her Orff Teacher Training from the Eastman School of Music, a M. Ed. From Roberts Wesleyan College, and a B. Music in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude, with Honors, from Syracuse University.  She was the 2014 recipient of the RPO Outstanding Music Educator for Classroom Music.   She was a regular member of the Mercury Opera Chorus. In addition, Ms. Buck is the President of the Rush-Henrietta Employees’ Teachers’ Chapter and a NYSUT endorsed member of the Board of Trustees for the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System.  She enjoys gardening and golf, spending time at home with her family and is super happy to be presenting with her sister today!

How to register and attend the workshop?

If you already have a membership for this year- You are all set! The Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the workshop!

If you would like to register for this workshop only click our workshop page and scroll down to single workshop registration. Once registered, you will be emailed the Zoom link prior to the workshop.

A link to a form will be sent out through Zoom at the end of the workshop to request inservice/CTLE credits.

9/26/2020 Denise Gagne

Join us for GRAOSA’s first workshop of the year on September 26, 2020. This will be a virtual workshop from 9am to 2pm with lunch and other small breaks. Membership forms can be completed online from the Membership Page. Single workshop registration is also available on the Workshop page. We are now offering CTLE credits for our workshops!

Denise GagneMaking Music Classes Meaningful

In this session, Denise will share easy ways to plan lessons with activities that can be done in distance learning or in spaced classrooms.   She’ll share ways to adapt existing teaching strategies to ways that will work virtually or in spaced classrooms.  You’ll have fun playing, moving, listening, reading, writing, creating and maybe some singing and recorder if we “flip” the instruction.

Denise Gagne is a music specialist with 40 years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to College levels.  Her choirs and bands won many awards at Music Festivals and performed for local and national sporting events, on national radio and even for the Queen.  Denise has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria,  a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Diploma in Music from the University of Auckland (pending), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Kodàly Level 3) from the University of Calgary with Lois Choksy.  She has completed Orff Level 3 and additional Orff training with Cindy Hall, Jay Broeker, Jos Wuytack and Donna Otto.

Denise has served on the boards of the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, the Saskatchewan Band Association, and served for eight years on the board of the Kodàly Society of Canada.  Denise is currently managing editor of Themes & Variations, preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to Red Deer elementary school music classrooms.

Denise is the author or editor of more than 100 publications for K- 6 music teachers.    She has been a workshop presenter in every Canadian province and territory and all 50 states.  She presents regularly for Orff and Kodaly workshops, preschool and kindergarten conferences in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Australia!   Her workshops are fun, practical, and activity based! 

Announcing GRAOSA’s 2020-2021 Workshop Schedule

The 2020-2021 GRAOSA workshop series will begin with Denise Gagne. This workshop will be virtual from 9am to 2pm with multiple small breaks and a lunch break. Denise will offer suggestions for teaching virtual as well as in-person distanced classes with an emphasis on activities that can work in all situations. She will also offer suggestions on how to adapt material for different learning situations.

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

Check our our membership page for online registration!