Each year, the Calgary Orff Chapter is proud to present three fantastic professional development workshops. Each clinician will explore different ways of incorporating the Orff Schulwerk method into your music classroom.
New location! For the 2019-2020 Season, workshops will be held at Altadore School (4506 16 Street SW). They will run from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. Doors will open at 8:00 am for registration and check-in.
See Membership for registration details.
Cree and Blackfoot Songs:
A Traditional Approach to Orff Teaching
Presented by Sherryl Sewepagaham and Olivia Tailfeathers
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Explore songs and activities that establish a positive learning atmosphere that will enable and encourage students to work to their potential in playing, creating and extending musical compositions. Process with attention to differentiated learning will also be addressed.
Sherryl Sewepagaham is a highly experienced Orff clinician from the Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta. A multi-talented music therapist, music educator, curriculum writer, composer of children's First Nations drum songs and Orff Specialist, she holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, and Level III Orff certification, and has many years of experience as an elementary music teacher. Sherryl is a 22-year founding member of the 2006 Juno-nominated trio, Asani and an author/co-author of three music resources developed for the National Arts Centre, "All My Relations", "Celebrating Canada's Indigenous Peoples through Song and Dance" co-written with Blackfoot educator and singer, Olivia Tailfeathers, and "Nitohta: Listen to Earthsounds" co-written with Métis educator, Nicole Schutz. Recently, she presented outstanding workshops at the national conference of Carl Orff Canada in Niagara Falls, Cascade 2018. Sherryl's sessions are distinguished by her original repertoire, cultural sensitivity and expertise, fine musicianship, accessibility and practicality.
What's Grown and Known
In the Xylophone Zone
Presented by Deborah A. Zehler (IMIOLO)
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Morning Mixers will start the day.
We'll sing and dance and laugh and play.
On to bars of metal and wood.
lots of playing, (since everyone should).
Perhaps a story, recorders, and more,
Dance and move across the floor.
Process, process is the key.
We'll all have fun, just come and see!
Deborah has a BM Degree in Music Education, Applied Percussion, and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her MA is from the University of St. Thomas. Deborah is a recipient of the Classroom Music Teacher of the Year Award by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Erie County Council for Music Educators. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall. She has Three books published by Heritage Music Press (Lorenz Corp.), “Teach Me Something New Today,” “We’re Gonna Play Today,” and “Play-a-Palooza.” She is a contributing composer to Activate Magazine and can be found in other Lorenz Corp. publications. Schott Music Corporation has published Deborah’s book, “The Animal Cracker Suite and Other Poems.” She teaches grades K-5 general/vocal music, dance, drama, puppetry, as well as percussion lessons at Heritage Heights Elementary School in the Sweet Home Central School District in Amherst, New York. Deborah is also a teacher-trainer in Orff-Schulwerk and has presented numerous workshops through the USA and Canada. She resides in Depew, NY with her husband Tom and their children.
Music Sequence and Progression
Through Primary Grades
Presented by Jewel Casselman
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Building the foundations for learning in the elementary classroom is important for life long learning in music. This workshop will focus on fun activities, games, and songs from kindergarten to upper elementary. Beginning with keeping the beat and ending with incorporating the recorder into your classroom you will come away with many activities to use in your classroom. Come out prepared to play, create, sing, and move. Please wear comfortable clothes for moving and bring a soprano recorder.
Jewel Casselman is the K-5 music specialist at Lakewood School in Winnipeg, MB. Jewel teaches using an Orff based program, running Orff and hand bell clubs, as well as choirs and various other groups. Jewel has completed her Post Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on the arts. She teaches the recorder component of the Levels courses through the University of Manitoba and is a regular Orff and recorder adjudicator with provincial festivals. She is currently the Program Chair of the Manitoba Orff Chapter. Jewel is very excited to be sharing her enthusiasm and excitement about the Orff approach with the Calgary Orff Chapter