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Welcome to Heart of America Orff, 


My name is Mandy Coday and I’m the current President of HOA. Orff has been an integral part of my teaching after being introduced to it during my student teaching. I’ve attended workshops ever since, completed all my levels training, and gained lifelong friendships. 


Heart of America is made up of mostly elementary music teachers from the Kansas City metro area but we have some wonderful middle school, retired, and out of town teachers that join us regularly. We have four workshops coming up this 2023 - 2024 season; a FREE share session in the Fall where our local members and attendees will present their own ideas as well as three wonderful clinicians in October, February, and March. Check out the “Presenters” tab for more information about our presenters, dates, and how to register. 


We hope to see you at one or ALL of our workshops this year! 


Mandy Coday

The American Orff-Schulwerk Associatio is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive membership, promoting an understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion and providing teaching and learning resources and professional development that respects, affirms, and protects the dignity and worth of all.

2023 - 2024 Board

President: Mandy Coday

Vice President: Dr. Kim Swift

Past President: Eve Osborne

Treasurer: Kristine McDonald

Recording Secretary: Kristen Nall

Corresponding Secretary: Maggie Hendricks

Webmaster: Jennifer Patterson

Hospitality: Leigh Tarwater

Host: Matt Shea

Past Presenters

February 6th, 2021 - Matthew Stensrud

Topic: Introducing Responsive Classroom: Building a Community of Learners through Distance Learning

March 6th, 2021 - Drue Bullington

Topic:  Keep Creating & Carry On!

October 9th, 2021 David Row

Topic: The Art of Possibility:  Expanding and Exploring our Horizons

February 5, 2022 Kate Bright

Topic: Elemental Musical Adventures

March 5th, 2022 Artie Almeida

Topic: The Child's Way of Learning: Where there's Passion, there's Retention!

April 9th, 2022 Jennifer Patterson

Topic: Process to Performance: Guiding Students to GREAT pieces!

October 1st, 2022 - Brian Burnett

Topic: Process! What Process?

February 4th, 2023 - Matthew Stensrud

Playful Procedures: Building a Respectful Classroom through Orff Schulwerk

March 4th, 2023 - Drew Bullington

Playful Pedagogy in Elemental Music and Movement

April 15th, 2023 - Susan Mueller

Exploring OS Source Materials through Pro

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