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Volume 25,  Issue  3    

         Newsletter  of  PAOSA  Chapter  5                                              Spring  2014  

Issue Highlights Workshop Schedule


Presenter Bios


Workshop Reviews


Member Spotlight


President’s Letter


Excerpts from the Archives


Grants & Scholarships


Workshop Information


2013-2014 Workshops April 26 Jay Broeker The Creative Curriculum: Fostering Understanding Through Improvisation and Composition May 17 Chapter Sharing and Potluck

Planning Ahead for the AOSA National Conference November 6-8, 2014

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Board Members



Upcoming Workshops April 26, 2014 9:00-1:30

Jay Broeker

The Creative Curriculum: Fostering Understanding Through Improvisation and Composition Musical improvisation and composition are highly sophisticated forms of "knowing in action". They require that students integrate skills and understandings with a dynamic sense of "what works." For this reason, creative musical projects provide ideal opportunities for exploring the depth of a student's musical understanding. This workshop provides procedural models and sample materials for developing students' musical understanding through composition and improvisation experiences. We will examine a sequence of activities for eliciting students' creative responses and consider models for assessing the musical understanding inherent in each product or experience. Jay Broeker teaches general music for students in grades K - 2 at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota. Mr. Broeker holds both Kodåly and Orff Schulwerk certification, and works as a clinician and consultant for national, state, and local music education organizations in the areas of creativity, curriculum development, and effective teaching practice. During the summer, he is an instructor in music teacher education courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His commissioned choral works have been performed by national, regional, and state honor choirs and are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and by Boosey &  Hawkes. 2  

May 17, 2014 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM Chapter Sharing and Pot Luck* Exploring Locomotor & Non-Locomotor Movement in the Classroom Bring a friend and a dish to share! *This workshop will be held at an alternative location: St. Aloysius Academy 401 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Workshop Reviews A Special  Music  Workshop      

by Journey  Renea  Barksdale    

A Student  Perspective  of  Our  “Orff  in  Action”  Workshop  

One Saturday  in  January  I  went  to  the  music  workshop  that  Teacher  Dawn  and  her  music   teacher  friends  organized.  When  I  got  there  I  saw  Mateo.  I  didn’t  know  he  was  coming.  The   workshop  was  at  the  Abington  Friends  School.      

We put  our  coats  away  in  the  science  room  and  then  went  to  the  music  room  for  the  workshop.   The  teacher  was  really  nice  and  she  was  also  funny.  The  first  thing  we  did  was  yoga.  I  learned   some  poses  called  the  “mountain,”  the  “down  dog,”  the  “warrior  one”  and  “warrior  two,”  the   “turtle,”  the  “river,”  and  the  “rock.”  Some  poses  were  high,  some  were  medium  and  some  were   low.  It  was  hard  but  I  tried  my  best.    

Then we  did  a  little  play  called  “The  Snowy  Day.”  Mateo  was  the  main  character,  Peter.  I  was  the   snowball  fighter,  the  snow  hill  and  the  snowflakes.  When  the  play  was  almost  over  I  put  a  paper   snowflake  on  Mateo’s  head  and  everybody  laughed  when  they  saw  this.    

Afterward we  had  some  lunch  in  the  science  room.  I  had  grapes,  pretzel  sticks,  a  bagel  with   cream  cheese  and  some  cookies.  I  also  saw  a  huge  lizard.  I  was  very  shocked.      


Workshop Reviews Orff in  Action    

By Barron  Lacy     The  presenter,  Lori  Arner,  shared  an  engaging  activity  which  incorporated  a  story  about  the   cycle  of  a  drop  of  water,  and  Vivaldi’s  “Winter”  from  The  Four  Seasons.  This  activity  included   cards  with  past  tense  verbs  from  the  story.    The  students  needed  to  create  movements  that   demonstrated  the  words  on  their  cards,  which  were  consistent  with  the  feel  and  character  of   the  music.    

Another fun  activity  explored  the  range  of  the  voice  and  gave  the  students  an  opportunity  to   visually  graph  their  created  vocal  patterns.  The  presenter  concluded  the  workshop  with  a  quick   summary  and  transition  to  the  next  presenter.        

Both of  these  activities  were  transitioned  nicely  and  was  a  good  example  to  me,  not  only  of  how   to  help  students  explore  weight,  space,  and  time,  but  also,  of  how  to  connect  other  disciplines   such  as  Language  Arts.        

Make it  Your  Own      

By Michael  Pechter  and  Chana  Rothman     The  presenter,  Anne  Puckett,  began  the  workshop  by  modeling  a  very  beautiful  welcome  song   activity.    We  were  taught  the  melody  and  then  we  were  asked  to  create  our  own  movement  for   part  of  the  melody.  This  set  up  the  theme  of  the  presentation:  allowing  your  students  more   creative  ownership.     The  Sasha  dance,  in  small  groups,  using  body  percussion  patterns  in  different  original   formations,  yielded  really  fun  and  interesting  results.    It  was  lovely  to  watch  the  creativity  of   each  group!    The  “paint  on  your  feet”  activity  was  another  fun  activity.    For  this  activity,  we   walked  around  the  space  as  if  we  had  paint  on  our  feet,  then  hands,  then  knees,  nose,  etc.     Transferring  body  percussion  rhythms  to  found  percussion  in  small  groups  was  another   awesome  activity.     The  presenter  concluded  the  workshop  with  singing  and  dancing  to  “Alabama  Gal”,  and  then   adding  barred  instruments.    We  then  added  a  B  section,  improvising  over  “Alabama,  New  York,   Mississippi,  Idaho,  Alabama,  New  York,  Mississippi,  Maine”.    The  dancers  also  got  the  chance  to   improvise  vocally.    This  was  a  wonderful  upbeat  closure.     The  workshop  gave  a  thorough,  joyful  approach  to  encouraging  student  creativity.    Lots  of   concrete  examples  were  provided  and  offered  the  opportunity  for  maximum  student   participation.    We  were  so  inspired  and  energized!  



Member Spotlight

“The elemental approach naturally follows child development.” - Becky Burdett

About Becky: Becky has been teaching in the Lake-Lehman School District for 9 of her 14 years as a teacher. She currently directs the chorus program for grades 7-12 and teaches guitar classes. She mentors new teachers in her school. Becky has served as the K-6 general music teacher and elementary chorus teacher. Becky holds Teaching Certificates in both the Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk approaches. Why Elemental Music Education? The elemental approach to music and movement education benefits me as a teacher because I have learned to analyze music and divide it into small pieces and elements. Good analysis leads to good process, and good process leads to good, sequential and musical learning. What others are saying about Becky: “To watch Becky in the classroom is to watch poetry in motion! She handles multiple tasks with ease, has a lovely rapport with her students and she exposes them to an aesthetic that is often compromised in other elementary music classrooms. Her lessons focus on sequential skill building in five different arenas: singing (Kodaly influenced), recorder playing, mallet instruments, movement and dance, and improvisation.” Nancy Sanderson, Director, The Performing Arts Institute “Mrs. Burdett has been the cornerstone to our music programs and our school in general. She is enthusiastic, dedicated and energetic, and shares these qualities daily with students and staff alike. If a task needs to be accomplished, or a volunteer is needed, Mrs. Burdett has her hand up. She has an infectious personality that has contributed to both her own success and the many successes of her students.” Nancy Edkins, Principal, Lake-Noxen Elementary School


President’s Message

Dear PAOSA,    

Spring  greetings,  PAOSA,  and  hopefully  warmer  ones  than  the  last  edition  of  the  PENTATON.       We  have  had  such  an  invigorating  series  of  workshops  this  year,  and  our  remaining  workshops   are  sure  to  continue  that  theme.    Be  sure  to  check  out  the  detailed  information  in  this   newsletter.        

We know  that  this  PSSA  season  of  the  year  brings  a  host  of  new  challenges  in  designing  and   implementing  meaningful  instruction.    What  better  remedy  for  the  “assessment  blues”  than  the   joy  and  creativity  of  Orff  Schulwerk?    Jay  Broeker,  who  is  our  next  presenter  in  April,  wrote  of   training  teachers  in  the  Orff  approach:    

“We have  tried  to  balance  the  use  of  historical  Orff  and  Keetman  resources,  folk  music,   and  integrated  arts  materials.    We  have  included  lessons  that  promote  artistry  for  the   classroom  and  others  purely  for  students’  personal  musical  growth.    We  have  learned  to   trust  our  individual  styles  and  choices,  understanding  that  different  models  in  the  course   show  students  multiple  interpretations  and  applications  of  this  large  and  inclusive   philosophy.”  1  

After having  completed  my  levels  training  under  his  teaching,  I  can  say  with  absolute  certainty,   that  this  is  a  workshop  which  must  not  to  be  missed.      

We will  wrap  up  our  2013-­‐2014  season  with  our  chapter  sharing  workshop  and  potluck;   always  a  yummy  time  for  our  ears  and  our  mouths.    I  look  forward  to  celebrating  ideas   generated  from  the  creative  minds  (and  kitchens!)  of  our  own  membership.    Please  note  the   location  change  in  this  newsletter.  Due  to  a  conflict  with  scheduling  at  Abington  Friends,   Stephanie  Benedict’s  school,  St.  Aloysius  Academy  in  Bryn  Mawr,  will  be  hosting  us.    Thanks,   Stephanie,  for  helping  us  find  a  temporary  space.    

Lastly, if  you  have  not  made  plans  for  your  summer,  there  are  many  options  near  and  far  for   teacher  training  and  professional  development.    If  you  have  never  taken  your  levels  courses,   seek  out  the  listing  of  great  offerings  from  around  the  country.    AOSA  maintains  a  schedule  on   their  webpage  under  the  professional  development  header.      

Have an  outstanding  wrap  up  to  your  year!   ~    Lori    


1 Wang,  Cecilia  Chu.  Ed.  Orff  Schulwerk:  Reflections  and  Directions.    GIA  2013.  


EXCERPTS FROM THE ARCHIVES – PART III This is an ongoing series about the history of our chapter as presented by our historian, Rose Grelis

1982-­‐1983  (11th  year)     Unfortunately,  the  only  information  contained  in  the  archives  is  a  4-­‐page  list  of  private  schools   in  the  Delaware  Valley  Area.    If  any  reader  has  information  on  this  year,  we  would  be  glad  to   have  a  copy  of  it.     1983-­‐1984    

Our flyer  for  the  Saturday,  October  8,  1983  workshop  announced  a  new  venue  for  workshops  –   Rosemont  School  of  the  Holy  Child  in  Rosemont,  PA.  This  workshop  had  a  reduced  fee  of  $1  and   the  contact  persons  for  information  were  Louise  Bradford,  Nancy  Moffitt  and  Tossi  Aaron.   There  were  18  attendees  at  that  workshop.  They  also  distributed  flyers  for  the  National   Conference  in  Cleveland  from  Nov.  2-­‐6,  1983.        

The Saturday,  November  19  workshop  was  held  at  the  Rosemont  School,  this  time  from  12:45   to  4  pm  and  again  at  the  reduced  fee  of  $1.    It  contained  lots  of  convention  ideas  and  materials   related  to  Basic  Instrument,  Movement,  Recorders,  Improvisation,  Drama  and  Pentatonic   Folksongs.        

The January  1984  workshop,  included  handbell  ringing  with  Sandy  Martin,  Director  of   Handbells  at  Bryn  Mawr  Presbyterian  Church;  a  February  workshop  was  held  on  Sunday   (arranged  especially  for  those  who  can’t  usually  come  on  Saturday)  and  the  clinicians  were   Nancy  Moffitt  Director  of  Music,  Rosemont  School,  and  Frances  Davidson,  Director  of  Music  at   Oak  Lane  Day  School.        

In March  there  was  a  workshop  entitled  “Children’s  Choirs  and  The  Orff  Approach  with   clinician  Betty  Ann  Ramseth.  The  morning  session  was  an  open  rehearsal  with  250-­‐300   children  for  the  Children’s  Choir  Festival  After  lunch  there  was  a  workshop  with  reading   packet,  and  a  focus  on  Orff  –  featuring  Central  Schwenkfelder  Church.      

The possibility  of  an  all-­‐day  Saturday  workshop  in  April  with  a  nationally-­‐known  Orff  Specialist   was  suggested  “if  we  can  raise  enough  funds!”    

Saturday, May  2,  2981  –  Peggy  Peach  –  Very  special  half-­‐day  workshop.   This  workshop  series  (minus  the  conference)  was  available  as  a  workshop  package  for  $20.    

Note: Peggy  Peach  was  then  an  Orff  teacher  at  the  Anne  Arundel  Community  College.  The  flyer   included  the  following:  “For  ten  years,  Peggy  taught  at  the  Key  School  (Annapolis  MD)  where   she  founded  an  Orff  program.”        

As an  added  attraction  during  that  year,  the  archives  included  a  flyer  for  the  American  Boychoir   that  performed  on  April  25,  1981  at  the  First  United  Methodist  Church  in  Moorestown,  NJ.      


Grant Opportunities

PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS     Lowe’s  Charitable  and  Educational  Foundation  –     Kids  in  Need  Foundation  –     MTNA  Foundation  –     Mockingbird  Foundation  –     Music  is  Revolution  Foundation‐     Muzak  Heart  and  Soul  Foundation  –     Mr.  Holland’s  Opus  Foundation  –     NEA  Foundation  ‐      

GRANT SEARCH  ENGINES     Fundsnet  Services  ‐     NOZA  Search  –     Grant  Gopher  –     S&S  World  Wide  Free  Grant  Search  –     DMOZ  Open  Directory  Project  –  “funding  for…”)  –     Discount  School  Supply  –     Duke  University  Grant  Search  Engine     Teacher  Planet  –      


Workshop Information Workshops are  held  in  the  music  room  of  the  Lower  School  Building,  which  is  the  building  all   the  way  to  the  left  of  the  Abington  Friends  School  campus.    

Coffee and  gathering  begins  at  8:30  a.m.    Workshops  run  from  9:00-­‐1:30.    Bring  a  bag  lunch  or   bring  $5.00  for  pizza  and  a  drink.    

PA Act  48  credits  and  NJ  Professional  Development  Certificates  are  available.    To  qualify:   1. Sign  in  for  the  appropriate  state  with  John  Bednar  before  the  workshop  begins.   2. You  must  remain  for  the  entire  workshop.   3. At  the  end  of  the  workshop  Act  48  recipients  must  submit  a  PDE  evaluation  form.   4. If  you  have  met  the  above  requirements,  you  may  pick  up  your  PA  or  NJ  certificates   before  you  leave.  

Directions to Workshops Abington Friends School 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046 Using Pennsylvania Turnpike - Get off the PA Turnpike at the Willow Grove Exit, Rt. 611, go South on 611 (Old York Rd.) about 4 or 5 miles until you get into the Jenkintown shopping district (small shops right along sidewalk). The first light is Greenwood - turn left. The first light on Greenwood is Washington Lane – turn left, second driveway, turn right into Abington Friends School. - From the North - take the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike south to Rt. I-276 East. Follow directions above. From the State of Delaware and Delaware County, PA Take I-95 North to Chester and exit at Rt. I-476 Plymouth Meeting (Blue Route). Stay on I-476 and go onto the PA Turnpike East. Follow PA Turnpike directions above. From Chester County, PA Take Rt. 202 to the PA Turnpike East. Follow PA Turnpike directions above. From New Jersey - From Central Jersey - Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow PA Turnpike directions above. - From Tacony Palmyra Bridge - Cross the Bridge and follow Rt. 73 North through Philadelphia (becomes Cottman Ave.) and into Montgomery County where it is called Township Line Road. Turn right onto Jenkintown Road, which becomes Greenwood Ave. Turn right onto Washington Lane. Abington Friends is on the right. - From Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges - Take Schuylkill Expressway I-76 West and bear right at Roosevelt Boulevard Extension. Exit at Broad Street Rt. 611 North and follow directions below. From Philadelphia Take Broad Street North (Rt. 611) and bear right onto Old York Road. Turn right at the end of “The Pavilion” shopping center onto Washington Lane. Abington Friends is 1 1/2 blocks on the right. Via Train Get off at the Jenkintown train station. Follow Greenwood Ave. to Washington Ln. School will be across Washington Lane to your left.


Membership in AOSA and PAOSA

Membership provides  opportunities  for  continual  development  of  the  teacher.  Active   participation  in  our  area  workshops  will  inspire  creative  musical  growth.  By  associating  with   other  talented  music  educators,  you  can  share  ideas  at  a  professional  level.  Teachers  who  are   new  to  the  Orff  Schulwerk  process  and  don't  have  access  to  the  barred  instruments,  will  be   introduced  to  many  other  skills  which  still  nurture  the  Orff  process.         *AOSA  and  PAOSA  do  not  have  a  unified  membership.   American  Orff-­‐Schulwerk  Association  Member  Benefits:    

• By  becoming  a  member  of  AOSA,  you  will  form  associations  with  other  talented  arts  educators     who  continue  to  seek  professional  renewal  and  growth  in  the  same  atmosphere  of  playful   spontaneity  and  musical  discovery  that  your  students  will  experience  in  the  Orff  Schulwerk   classroom.   •  Membership  provides  teachers  with  unique  opportunities  for  creative  musical  growth  through   their  own  active  participation  in  area  workshops  and  national  conferences.   •  Members  receive  two  quarterly  publications:  The  Orff  Echo,  which  publishes  scholarly  and   research  articles  that  extend  understanding  of  the  Schulwerk  and  related  approaches  to  music   education;  and  Reverberations,  an  on-­‐line  publication  containing  AOSA  news  and  teaching   resources  that  support  classroom  applications  of  the  Orff  Schulwerk.   •  You  will  be  eligible  for  AOSA  sponsored  grants  and  scholarships  for  teacher  education,   instruments  and  other  special  creative  projects  that  are  associated  with  Orff  Schulwerk  and  that   will  benefit  the  music  education  of  children.   •  You  gain  access  to  the  AOSA  video  library,  which  contains  hundreds  of  professionally   produced,  informational  videos.   •  Members  save  50%  on  registration  for  the  annual  AOSA  professional  development  conference   held  each  November.   •  You  will  be  able  to  use  the  Members  Only  section  of  the  AOSA  website  which  includes  teaching   resources,  on-­‐line  videos,  access  to  research  related  to  Orff  Schulwerk,  and  much  more.   Visit  for  more  information.    

Philadelphia Area  Orff  Schulwerk  Association  Member  Benefits:     *  The  Pentaton:  Local  newsletter  issued  3  times  a  year.       *  PAOSA  workshops:  Free  admission  to  all  6  workshops.     *  Chapter  Directory:  Provides  contact  with  other  PAOSA  members.     *  Complimentary  admission  to  workshops  for  your  administrator.       *  Members  may  bring  one  guest  per  year  for  $15  fee.     *  Individual  workshops  are  $40.    Membership  fee  pays  for  itself  after  2  workshops        


Announcements Book Reviewers Needed Do you  like  to  read?  Do  you  like  to  share  your  experiences  with  children's  books,  higher   education  texts,  or  sources  you  recently  found  that  you  are  incorporating  in  your  curriculum?   The  Orff  Echo  publishes  book  reviews.    If  you  are  interested,  check  out  recent  book  reviews  in   The  Orff  Echo.    We  need  great  teachers  like  you  to  share  the  amazing  books  you  have  read  and   presently  incorporate  in  your  classroom.    

Summer Courses at Villanova Villanova University  offers  an  Orff  Certification  Program     July  21-­‐August  1,  2014   Level  I  &  II:  4  graduate  credits.   One  week  supplemental  courses  will  be  offered  each  week  for  those  who  have   completed  Level  II.   This  is  a  great  opportunity  to  add  3  graduate  credits  to  your  transcript  for  each   supplemental  course.   Consider  joining  Nick  Wild,  Janie  Vance,  BethAnn  Hepburn,  and  Michelle  Fella  Przybylowski.  

Yard Sale We will  be  selling  off  all  of  our  miscellaneous  items  at  our  next  workshop.    Come  get  some   materials  at  a  good  price.   Also,  we  plan  to  sell  our  entire  library  of  Orff  Schulwerk  books.    Keep  an  eye  out  for  further   information.    We  have  lots  of  resources  we  know  you  will  want  to  have  in  your  personal  library.  

Member Shout-Outs! On October  27,  John  Bednar,  with  fellow  pianists  Joan  Johnson,  Bruce  Tonkin  and  Robin  Ward   presented  a  concert  as  the  Two  By  Fours  Piano  Quartet  at  the  Ware  Family  Recital  Hall  in  the   Swope  Music  Building  of  West  Chester  University.  They  performed  on  two  matching  Steinway   concert  grand  pianos  and  WCU  music  students  who  attended  earned  recital  credit  for  the   performance.  On  the  program  were  quartets  and  duos  from  the  piano  repertoire  from  Bach  and   Beethoven  to  Copland  and  Charles  Williams.  The  performance  had  previously  been  presented   in  Montgomery  County.   Martha  Glaze  Zook,  who  teaches  at  Settlement  Music  School  in  South  Philly,  was  featured  in  an   article  titled,  “Closing  in  on  Proof  of  Arts’  Value  to  Kids”,  which  appeared  in  the  March  23,  2014   edition  of  the  Philadelphia  Inquirer.  For  more  information  go  to  the  link  below.­‐03-­‐24/news/48495020_1_settlement-­‐music-­‐school-­‐arts-­‐ classes-­‐children  


2013-2014 PAOSA Board Members President   Lori  Arner                                                      540-­‐742-­‐2704  

Program Chair   Michelle  Fella  Przybylowski                                        215-­‐938-­‐7483  

Past President   Dawn  Pratson                                                267-­‐971-­‐0926  

PENTATON Editor   Fran  Surkin              978-­‐771-­‐4590  

Vice President   Kate  Bright              717-­‐761-­‐1010  

Act 48  Administrator   John  F.  Bednar  Jr.            610-­‐539-­‐6295  

Membership Chair   Stephanie  Benedict                267-­‐738-­‐1382  

Historian Rose  Grelis              610-­‐328-­‐9784  

Website Editor   Linda  Wardell              302-­‐988-­‐7020  

Hospitality Chair   Sharon  Steward            215-­‐355-­‐0934  

Member at  Large   Martha  Glaze  Zook              215-­‐925-­‐8948  

Member at  Large   Terri  Cocci            610-­‐582-­‐7448  

Secretary Alaena  Silva            

Treasurer Jennifer  Sheridan            610  526-­‐9189    

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Spring Pentaton 2014  

Newsletter of the Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association

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