October 9th, 2021 David Row

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

There are hundreds of ways to teach a song!  In this workshop we’ll take some of our favorite folk songs and look at them from all angles, exploring the possibilities in each lesson.  Could we add instruments?  Could we include a dance?  Could we modify the song’s form?  Could we change the tempo?  You’ll walk away with some new songs and lessons as well as the skills and resources to revitalize old favorites.

A Nebraska native and Midwesterner at heart, David Row now lives and teaches in the Kansas City metro. He holds a Master's Degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory, completed Orff Schulwerk Master level certification, and has extensive experience with critical thinking in the arts. Find more ideas about music education at David's blog, 

February 5, 2022 Kate Bright

Topic: Elemental Musical Adventures

Let’s go on an adventure! In this workshop, participants will explore the world of the Orff process and find new ways to sing, say, move, and play. By using simple speech patterns and easily created/obtainable manipulatives, teachers will learn how to process rhythms outside the world of 4/4 and how to allow their students (and themselves) to be their own composers.​

March 5th, 2022 Artie Almeida

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

Join your colleagues for a fast-paced day packed with innovative lessons and ideas!

*Singing*  *Moving*  *Playing*  *Listening*  *Behavior Management Ideas*


Dr. Artie Almeida recently retired after 37 years as the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in Apopka FL, where she taught 1160 K-5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have concertized for MENC, AOSA, and on the NBC Today Show. Artie is the author of 36 internationally acclaimed teaching resources, including KidSTix, Mallet Madness, Mallet Madness Strikes Again, Parachutes, Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!, Recorder Express, Adventures with the Orchestra, ten Music Proficiency Packs, as well as four music theory and assessment games featuring the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes characters. In addition to her public school teaching duties, Artie is an adjunct professor at The University of Central Florida, teaches applied saxophone lessons and performs on historical winds with the renaissance ensembles The Halifax Consort and Ars Antiqua.

April 9th, 2022 Jennifer Patterson

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

Kansas City based elementary music specialist, Jennifer Patterson, is currently in her 11th year of teaching at Warren Hills Elementary School (Liberty, MO). With a background in dance, choir, musical theater, band and color guard, being an elementary music specialist was meant to be! She uses an eclectic approach that blends aspects of both Orff Schulwerk (levels  and master class completed at Baker University) and Kodaly (levels from University of Central Missouri).  She completed her Bachelors of Music Education from UMKC in '08 and her Masters of Arts from UCM in '17. 

Patterson's student group "The Treble Makers" Orff ensemble has played at MMEA in 2016 and 2019 and will perform at the upcoming 2022 AOSA conference in Kansas City. She is serving on the Missouri Music Educators Association advisory board, has a Teachers Pay Teachers store, and is a featured author in Activate magazine (Heritage Music Press). 

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!

**All workshops are tentatively in person at Cambridge Elementary School, Belton, MO** 

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