Kansas Orff Chapter Workshops are open to anyone interested in learning about the Orff Schulwerk model.

You do not need Orff Schulwerk certification to attend any of our workshops! Each workshop is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to engage in the learning activities. Detailed notes are provided so attendees can participate without worrying about taking notes.  


Graduate credit is available through Baker University.  Workshop participants can receive one hour of graduate credit for attending “both” the October and January workshops.  One hour of graduate credit is also available for those attending the two day Orff-n-Running workshop in late July or August.


You must be a KOC member to attend our workshops. Attendees must pay the $20 membership fee at the first workshop they attend each workshop season. We also have a reciprocal agreement with the Heart of America chapter that allows your registration at their workshops at the member price as well.


Teacher Membership – $20.00

Full-Time Student Membership – KOC membership is free/$5 charge for the workshop

Retired Teacher Membership – $20.00 (workshops are free to retired KOC members)

*Those who join KOC for the first time will receive a $20 voucher to be used at a future workshop.

*”New” (1st year) teachers who pay KOC dues will get all of the workshops during the current workshop season (Orff-n-Running, October and January workshops) for free.  Our workshop season begins with the summer Orff-n-Running workshop and ends with the January workshop.



Kansas Orff Chapter Workshops
2022 - 2023

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Get Orff and Running into the new school year by "Playing with Movement!"

Clinician, Judith Thompson-Barthwell, will lead you through the magic of movement in the music classroom. Learn how to scaffold movement into everyday lessons and experiences while discovering ways to connect movement with a variety of concepts and topics. 

Judith Thompson-Barthwell is the 2021 AOSA  Distinguished Service Award Recipient. She is a retired music educator of 44 years. She taught general/vocal music, dance, and choir K-12. She has taught in many Orff courses in the U.S., and some in Europe. 2012 Michigan Music Educator of the Year, she has worked on the AOSA Teacher Education Curriculum Ad-Hoc Committee and the Diversity Sub-Committee. She is presently the Director of the Michigan Orff Collage for professional development. Check out this article by Judith, Why Creative Movement in Music Class.


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Process! What Process? - October 1, 2022

Imitate, Explore, Improvise. Learn distinct structures and strategies for developing your own lesson plans that feature creative choice.

As a host chapter for this years national conference, this workshop FREE to KOC Members. 


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Process to Performance - January 21, 2023
Guiding Students to Great Pieces

Have you ever seen an Orff ensemble and thought, "How'd they learn to play that?" We'll play and explore as we take process-based music to build the skills needed for performance-based music. Come learn several approaches to teaching advanced literature to your students in kid-friendly ways! 


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