Upcoming Workshops

The Amidons

“New England Dance Masters”

July 31 & August 1, 2020

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


Creating a Dynamic Learning Community with Traditional Dance, Song and Storytelling

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon’s teacher workshop focuses on the community building power of traditional dance, song and storytelling in the schools.  They will teach some great traditional dances and singing games for children while sharing dance-teaching tips and discussing how to make dance a positive and integral part of school life.  They will demonstrate enriching picture books with singing, storytelling, drama and background music.  The Amidons will tell at least one folktale and discuss and demonstrate how to use storytelling as a powerful teaching tool.  They will share some of their favorite songs while discussing starting and sustaining an all-school sing.   The Amidons hope that this workshop will help music teachers to transform their schools into singing and dancing communities
Peter & Mary Alice Amidon Bio
The dancing and singing was delightful, but what I really appreciated was your detail toward the musicality of what you taught. It was never “just” singing or “just” dancing. Each element had a purpose and direction to it.    – Dr. Kevin L. Droe, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Northern Iowa.
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon  are versatile and widely respected as performers and teachers who have dedicated their careers to traditional song, dance, and storytelling. They are in demand throughout the United States as clinicians leading Orff and Kodaly elementary school music teacher workshops on traditional dance, song and storytelling.  The Amidons have been headliners at several AOSA and OAKE national conferences and are honored to be members of the AOSA Advocacy Council. They are founders of “New England Dancing Masters”, publishers of traditional dance materials for children and communities. The Amidons’ choral arrangements for adults and children are being sung by choruses throughout the U.S. and the U.K. The Amidons are both former elementary school music teachers. 


Brian Burnett

 October 3, 2020

Location: Clear Creek Elementary School

Shawnee, Kansas

*This is a free workshop sponsored by AOSA.

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


Process? What process?

Schulwerk presents a developmental sequence in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials, and creative strategies as well. Explore some of these strategies and procedures so you can develop your own process lessons.
Brian Burnett taught elemental music & movement in Ohio for 35 years. His team of art, library, music, and physical education teachers created a common assessment strategy and report cards through a three-year study. This team of eight also implemented district teacher assessment documents for the state’s Student Learning Objectives. He has published in the Ohio MEA Triad, The Orff Echo and the textbook series Share the Music and Spotlight On Music. Brian has taught all three levels of movement and currently teaches level two basic. He serves as the National Conference Director for AOSA and presents workshops on assessment, movement and process across the country. 


Aimee Curtis Fitzner

January 23, 2021

Location: TBA

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


Hands to Hands & Playful Possibilities

This high energy, hands-on workshop will be two mini-workshops in one! Starting with clapping games, songs, and dances from around the world, we will move to singing, creating, moving, and playing with children’s literature, instruments, voices, and props.  Participants can expect to come away with some lesson ideas ready to use Monday morning classes, and ideas for energizing your teaching throughout the school year!
Aimee Curtis Pfitzner has taught students elementary aged through adults for 26 years. She holds a Masters of Music degree from UNC-Greensboro and completed Level I Orff-Schulwerk Training at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, Levels II and III at UNLV, and Master’s Level at the University of Memphis. Aimee is a frequent presenter at AOSA chapter workshops around the US and Canada.   She has numerous books published with Beatin’ Path Publications and is also an editor. She is passionate about music making, gardening, adoption, and anything and everything creative; painting, zendoodling, digital scrapbooking, making jewelry, writing music, crafting, and sewing. When not teaching or writing music, singing, or creating, she can be found musically musing on her blog, www.ofortunaorff.com.