The Orff Beat

IOSA Newsletter Summer 2023

sing, say, dance, play, create: active music-making for all!

IOSA hosts four Saturday workshops throughout the year at Carmel Elementary. Below are the clinicians and workshop dates for the next school year! We can't wait to see you there and are wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!!

2023 - 2024 IOSA Workshop Dates

  • Saturday, September 23, 2023 - Kaitlin Beck - From Mundane to Magic!

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024 - Deb Navin - Differentiated Orff!

  • Saturday, April 13, 2024 - Chapter Share

Meet the Clincians

Kaitlin Beck - Mundane to Magic

Saturday, Aug. 19th, 9am-1pm

101 South Richland Avenue

Carmel, IN

Kaitlin Beck ​is in her fifth year teaching K-5 general music at DC West Elementary School in Valley, Nebraska. Outside of the school day, she acts as the co-director and choreographer for the Disney Musicals in Schools program and sponsors ukulele club. Kaitlin graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2016, earning her Bachelor of Music in Education. She has completed her Orff Schulwerk, World Music Drumming, and Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy certification levels. Kaitlin is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. She presents at the state and national level, often drawing inspiration from the natural connection between movement, literature, and the visual arts. Kaitlin currently serves as the Vice President of the Great Plains Orff Chapter.

Registration Information

Your membership will include:

- 4 workshops a year (that is 16 hours of professional development towards license renewal)

- Professional Development forms -- given after each workshop

- Access to the "Members Only" part of our website with links to the presenters notes, slides and videos from the workshop!

- A national membership to the American Orff Schulwerk Association

- A subscription to the Orff Echo magazine

- Discount to attend the AOSA Conference in November in New Mexico!

Membership Options

Teacher Membership for AOSA + IOSA -- $175

Teacher Membership for AOSA + IOSA + NEW T-SHIRT! -- $195

First Year Teacher Membership for AOSA + IOSA (Discount of $35) -- $140

College Student Membership for IOSA -- $10

Single Workshop -- $65

T-shirt - $20

*AOSA = American Orff Schulwerk Association

*IOSA = Indiana Orff Schulwerk Association

PRO-TIP: Ask your PTO to cover your membership. Save your PayPal payment confirmation and present to your PTO with a little bit of information about IOSA which you can find on our website here,

Order your IOSA t-shirt now!

Step 1: Pre-Order your shirt by AUGUST 25th!

Step 2: Head to the IOSA website to pay for your shirt via PayPal

Step 3: Pick up your shirt at the next workshop on September 23rd!

Calling All Parents!

IOSA wants to see you at our Saturday workshops!! Please know that school-aged children are ALWAYS welcome at our workshops! We love including them in our activities and experiencing our professional development right alongside the people it is most important to, our children! Restrooms are conveniently at hands and snacks are always provided! We would love to see you, and your children, at our workshops this year!

Do you have children under age 5? Younger students are not always as able to participate successfully with our workshops, but IOSA is considering providing a childcare option! If you would personally benefit from having childcare available at workshops for those children under age 5, please take a moment to note that interest on the form below. Thank you!

Did you know?

Did you know becoming an IOSA member gives you access to all the notes, slides and video from every workshop?! So if you cannot make, no problem. You will gain access to the Members Only part of our website to view and use what you missed. Click below for instructions on how to do this!

IOSA Scholarship Opportunity

The IOSA tuition scholarship is now posted and accepting applications! Applicants must be members in good standing who are enrolled or planning to enroll in an approved AOSA Levels course for the summer of 2024. More information can be found on the IOSA website under the membership tab. Any questions should be directed to Sondra Hardisty at
Donate to IOSA

IOSA can always use your (tax deductible) financial support. Thank you!

Licensure Renewal Credits

Access the IOSA Online Video Library to see previous workshops and gain up to seven PGP points per workshop. Here's how:

  1. Attend a workshop in person or view one online

  2. Complete the Workshop Reflection form located on that page

  3. Receive a verification letter to submit for licensing credit

Contact Katy Halstead for more info.