Minnesota Orff Chapter Workshop

Josh Southard presents Applying the Orff Schulwerk: Using Keetman's Building blocks

Date & Time:

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Local Minnesota Orff Chapter fees. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.


University of St. Thomas
Brady Education Center, Auditorium
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105

This famous quote by Carl Orff expressed his philosophy that children should be allowed to create music and dance at their own level, inspired by their imaginations. Learning should bepleasurable, filled with joy and excitement. In this workshop, we will explore ways to facilitate improvisation and composition using the Orff media of speaking, singing, playing, and dancing. With today’s talk of 21st Century Skills, there is no better way to get children thinking critically, collaborating, communicating, and creating than through movement and music, using the Orff-Schulwerk process. We will explore ways to make this a reality, beginning with their earliest experiences. Explore the intertwining nature of music and dance through stories, rhymes, and poetry. New concepts are learned more deeply and effectively when the students have a chance to play and create with them. Help your students apply what they have learned in music class by accompanying their movements using their voices and other instruments. Students are much more invested in music class when they have creative input. Learn ways to make this possibility become reality!

Josh Southard teaches K-5 music at Smoky Row Elementary in Carmel, IN.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Butler University, and a Master’s degree in Music Education with Orff Emphasis from AndersonUniversity.  He has completed all three levels of Orff Certification, as well as courses in Orff Curriculum and Composition.  His article “The Importance of Studying the Volumes” was published in the Orff Echo.  Josh has served as Vice President and President of the Indiana Orff Chapter since 2006, and was appointed to AOSA’s Historical Committee in 2011, where he now serves as Committee Chair.


*This will be an active workshop, please wear clothes in which you will be comfortable moving around and bring a soprano recorder if you can.

To make an accessibility request, call Disability Resources at (651) 962-6315.