MN Orff Chapter Workshop - Diana Hawley

The Innovative Orff Classroom

Date & Time:

Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


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

As music educators we aspire to facilitate meaningful musical experiences for our students in order to develop their capacity as performers, creators, thinkers, and members of a community. For decades, we have utilized the Orff Schulwerk approach in our classrooms as a basis for these meaningful experiences, incorporating children's inherent curiosity, musicality and love of play into active classroom participation as music-makers.  Now let's consider how the tools of the Schulwerk can be used in the 2018 classroom, inviting reflection on student needs, teaching practice, musicality, and innovation in the music classroom. How can we push beyond the status quo? In our time together, teachers will explore these topics while experiencing models of process for engaging students in meaningful music making.

Diana Hawley teaches Kindergarten through sixth grade music and supports teachers as an Instructional Strategist in Innovation in the Iowa City Community School District. She holds a BA in Music and Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College and an MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas. Before moving to Iowa, she taught in St. Paul, MN and at International School Bangkok in Thailand. In 2014, Diana received a Barbara Potter Scholarship from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association to attend the International Summer Course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Working closely with Jane Frazee and several contributors, Diana co-edited and authored Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action: Orff-Schulwerk Classroom Projects for a New Generation of Learners. In 2017, Diana taught Orff Schulwerk curriculum courses in St. Louis, Philadelphia and St. Paul.

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