Upcoming Workshops

Lynn Kleiner

July 26 & 27, 2019

Location: Riverview Elementary School

Shawnee, Kansas

Registration 8:30 – 9 a.m./ Workshop 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday

8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. on Saturday


Lessons That Sparkle

Felts, puppets, props, instruments, stories, drama, imagination, creativity and from the youngest music makers to Orff with recorders. These are just some of the ingredients found in lesson plans that keep students engaged. The Orff approach is students loving your lessons and you loving your job.


Over the past 30 years, Lynn Kleiner has been a frequent clinician for the American Orff Association, the National Association for Music Education and  Education of the Young Child. She has also presented numerous times for International Orff and Music organizations including Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia, Europe and more.

She founded her music school, Music Rhapsody, in 1983, in response to drastic cuts to California music programs. She and her team of teachers provide music programs in preschools, elementary schools, community centers and churches. Her Remo instruments and Alfred books/CDs have won several awards. Lynn offers live and online teacher training and resources including Lynn Kleiner’s Music Box and Music Rhapsody Membership program.

She completed Orff level training with Jos Wuytack ,including Master level with Jos Wuytack and Richard Gill. She has taught in Orff level trainings in Southern California as well as her annual early childhood (infants – age 8) Orff course.   

Paul Cribari

 October 5, 2019

Location: Tonganoxie Elementary School, Tonganoxie, KS.

Registration 8:30 – 9:00 a.m./Workshop 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


From Models to Masterpieces: Using the Schulwerk as Springboards for Composition”

When an artist learns to paint, they first copy the great works. Eventually, the artist gains mastery of the techniques used by the original artist, and is then free to explore their use in new ways. In this session, participants will examine pieces from the Music for Children volumes in much the same way. Pieces will be examined for the elements that make them unique, and participants will be guided first to modify the original works, and then to compose works of their own – pieces that could have come out of the volumes


Paul Cribari is an Instructional Facilitator in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. There, he coordinates the K-12 Performing parts for the district’s 61 elementary, middle and high schools. Paul received his Master of Arts in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas, and his Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University. In addition to his work with children Dr. Cribari teaches levels I, II, and III of Orff Schulwerk at Southern Methodist University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the San Francisco International Orff Schulwerk Course. Dr. Cribari is a regular clinician for local chapters of the AOSA and has presented sessions at state and local conferences as well as numerous National Conferences of the AOSA. Internationally, Dr. Cribari has presented for Orff Simeosin Verona, Italy and in Hong Kong.


Connie Van Engen

January 25, 2020

Location: State Street Elementary School, Topeka, KS.

Registration 8:30 – 9:00 a.m./Workshop 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Improvisational Structures for Creative Musicians

Description: 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 composition

Connie Van Engen is the music specialist at Bell Prairie Elementary, where she teaches K-5th grade students, and conducts the Wind Song Choir. Connie received her Orff Schulwerk Certification from Hamline University, and apprenticed with Elaine Larson at George Mason University. Connie is the Level II Pedagogy instructor in the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and Baker University in Kansas. She is the immediate past Recording Secretary of AOSA, and has served as a Region III Representative. In 2013 Connie was named theNorth Kansas City School District’s Teacher ofDistinction. She is a soprano in the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. Connie and her husband, Ken share their 100-year-old house in Kansas City with an Old English Sheepdog named Addy.