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!
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
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