Upcoming Workshops

Tim Wiegand

July 27 & 28, 2018

Location: Riverview Elementary School

Shawnee, Kansas

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday/8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. on Saturday

Bringing Back Joy

Simple lessons, games, and performance pieces that capture the attention of your students and make the music room a joyful place to be!

Tim Wiegand graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Music Education, and received his Masters Degree with an “emphasis in Orff-Schulwerk” from The University of Nevada Las Vegas.  Tim has been teaching Elementary General Music in the Clark County School District for over 19 years and is a regular presenter for school district staff developments.  Tim directed performance groups at the 2002 AOSA Conference. In 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013 and 2015 Tim also presented sessions at the AOSA National Conference.  Tim has been presenting Orff workshops all over the country and Canada since 2004.  Being a percussionist in the field of Orff-Schulwerk has been a natural fit for Tim.  

Erica Bridge

 October 6, 2018

Location: Langston Hughes Elementary School, Lawrence, KS.

Registration 8:00 – 9:00 a.m./Workshop 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Keeping the P.L.A.Y. in the Schulwerk: incorporating games, literature and movement into the Orff process in an authentic way!  Come prepared to sing, say, dance and P.L.A.Y.!

Erika Bridge teaches K-5 in East Lansing, MI., and is in her 11th year of teaching.  She has her Masters in Choral Conducting from Central Michigan University, and has completed Level I, II, III, and Masterclass in Orff Schulwerk.  She is a regular local, state, and national presenter for AOSA, and has been accepted to present for the 50th Anniversary AOSA Professional Development Conference in November 2018.  She recently published an article in the Michigan Music Educators state journal on Authentic Assessments in the Orff Process (Spring 2017) and is passionate about creating a spiraled and integrated curriculum.  She is a certified Level 1 Pedagogy Teacher for AOSA and is currently a member of the AOSA National Technology Subommittee.  She lives in Okemos, MI. with her two children, Juliet and Henry.


Andrew Ellingsen

January 26, 2019

Location: State Street Elementary School, Topeka, KS.

Registration 8:00 – 9:00 a.m./Workshop 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exploring Creative Approaches to Making Music and Movement

We all want our students to have a deep love of music and movement inspired by aesthetic moments, but helping students attain those artistic high points can seem overwhelming to achieve.  During this workshop, participants will explore approaching music and movement through playful games and other entry points.  Participants will then take the material explored in those initial approaches and use it as fodder for making music and movement come to life together.

Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Deborah, IA.  He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk.  He has served on the OAKE national board, a committee for AOSA, and has held leadership positions in state and regional organizations for both Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly.  Ellingsen teaches in the Orff Courses at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the University of Memphis, and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.