James River Virginia Chapter AOSA

Fall Workshop, Presenter: Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White

From Point A to B: It's All About Process

While music teachers differ in pedagogical approach, materials, and instructional strategies, we share a common goal of adding value to children’s lives through the vehicle of music. Our current National Music Standards suggest we enrich children’s lives by cultivating music literacy through creating, performing, and responding. Certainly these artistic processes are deeply embedded in the Orff Schulwerk approach.

While we may share common goals, one of the defining features of the Orff Schulwerk approach separating us from “traditional” music instruction is process, the steps by which we lead children to experience and understand music. Through active learning, children imitate, explore, and create music, thereby developing music literacy and skills. This workshop is designed to allow participants to experience and reflect on varied approaches to process and to consider the application of various strategies in their respective classrooms. Come prepared to sing, dance, play, and create in community as together we experiment with ideas and learn with playfulness, freedom, and joy!

Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White

Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White is a certified Orff Schulwerk specialist and frequently presents workshops featuring her compositions and arrangements. She teaches Orff Schulwerk certification courses at Appalachian State University and Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia, and serves as clinician and author for Silver Burdett Making Music and Silver Burdett Interactive Music. Additionally, Dr. Yoder-White maintains active participation in music education research and has presented papers and authored articles in international, national, regional, and state arenas. She was a presenter at the Spokane (2010) and Pittsburgh (2011) American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) National Conferences and has presented workshops to AOSA chapters in Washington, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She served as Keynote Presenter at the 2003 and 2005 Hawaii Music Educators Association Conferences in Honolulu and traveled to Thailand and Hong Kong in 2004 to present at the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) Conference. Dr. Yoder-White frequently works in international schools in Asia, teaching demonstration lessons and leading professional development workshops for teachers.

James River Orff Chapter Workshop @ Collegiate School

Saturday, Oct. 14th, 9am-1pm

103 N Mooreland Rd, Richmond, VA, 23229

The workshop will take place in the Estes Building in the Weinstein Art and Music Wing on Collegiate's Lower School campus. The parking lot for the Lower School is on River Road, next to River Road Presbyterian Church.

WHO: Educators looking to learn and grow! Workshop attendance counts for 4 recertification points.

COST: The cost of the workshop is $50 for non-chapter members. College students, retirees, music supervisors, and university professors are invited to attend our workshops for free, so please spread the word! Click here to register!

Attendees can register at the workshop with cash or a check made payable to "JRV-AOSA."

We encourage you to bring a recorder for the workshop, and a snack to share during breaks. Coffee will be provided. Please note that registration begins at 8:30, and the workshop will begin promptly at 9. We encourage you to come a few minutes early to check in, grab a cup of coffee and a snack, and socialize before we get started.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


8:30-9:00: Registration

9:00-10:15: Morning Session #1

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-11:45: Morning Session #2

11:45-12:00: Break #2

12:00-1:00: Afternoon Session

After the workshop, attendees are welcome to join us for a working lunch at a restaurant to be determined.