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

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