Sioux Valley Orff Presents

Andrew Ellingsen Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, 9am-1pm

Orff Schulwerk & Kodály: Stronger Together

Music teachers often feel they need to choose between the Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk philosophies of music education, but both approaches center on helping children discover music and creativity in a natural way. Why choose when you can do both? Come sing, say, dance, and play- see how incorporating techniques from both Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly inspired teaching can strengthen the teaching already happening in your classroom. Participants will learn a variety of repertoire ranging from folk music to source material from the Orff Schulwerk volumes and will explore how the two pedagogies can intertwine to support students in their music making and musical learning.

About the Presenter

Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Decorah, IA. He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk. He has served on the OAKE national board, is a Past President of both the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America and the Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, and was on the board for Minnesota Orff. Ellingsen teaches in the Orff Courses in at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Memphis, and Spokane and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.


Workshops will be held at Oscar Howe Elementary School:

58, 2801 S Valley View Rd, Sioux Falls, SD

Registration Information

Registrations will be completed on site at any of the workshops. The 2015-2016 workshop rates are as follows:

Single Workshop:

4 hours: $25

6 hours: $50

Workshop Package Deal: includes 4 workshops, SV Orff Membership, & 1 Guest Pass:

AOSA Member: $60

Non-AOSA Member: $80

College students register and join for free!

Take the Workshops for Graduate Credit!

Graduate credit will be offered this year through the University of Sioux Falls for $45. Attendance at all 4 workshops will be mandatory to receive credit. Registration details will be given at the first workshop.


Saturday, March 19- Local Orff-Certified Teachers

ORFFing Around: Sing, Say, Dance, and Play

2016-2017 Tentative Workshops:

September 2016: Paul Weller

October 2016: Diana Larson

January 2017: Chapter Share

March 2017: TBA

We hope to see you all at our workshops this year! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Jensen <>, David Anderson <>, or visit our Facebook page and website: