PMEA District 8 Professional Development Day

Monday, October 11, 2021

8 am to 4 pm

CSIU 16,m Montandon PA

Act 48 credit workshops are free!


Jennifer Wright, elementary

Title: Myth Busting the Orff Schulwerk Classroom

Name: Jennifer Wright


In this session we will be myth busting some of the most common criticisms and misconceptions of Orff-style teaching:

1. Using a xylophone in your lesson means you are teaching an Orff lesson.

2. Orff teachers are just “weirdos” who dance around the room with scarves.

3. You need a lot of instruments and a large budget to teach Orff.

4. Orff teaching is all rote learning and doesn’t teach reading skills.

5. Orff is only for the elementary, general music classroom.

Participants will explore ‘process teaching’ as well as gain strategies to get students actively reading, creating, arranging, and composing in the general music classroom- no matter what grade or what instruments you may have. We will also draw connections to how an Orff style general music program can support and enhance your instrumental ensembles.

Debra Rapson, middle school

Dr. Amy Voorhees, choral

Dr. David Tedford, orchestra

Nathan Santos, jazz band

Dr. Laura Ferguson, vocal jazz and upper elementary

Dr. Jason Worzbyt, instrumental

Advocacy Roundtable Discussion

Mark Despotakis and Bernadette Boerckel will be serving on the panel for advocacy in the K-12+ world and Covid environment

More clinicians to come!


7:30am Registration (Coffee and Donuts)

8:00am Headliner Session

9:15am-11:15am: Session 1

11:15am Lunch on your own in downtown Lewisburg or Milton

12:30pm-2:30pm Session 2

2:45pm-4:00pm Closing Session

Who is Invited? Music Educators of all levels, instrumental and choral. PMEA is not required for this professional development seminar. Registration will be limited to 100 people. You will be able to select your workshops starting September 22, 2021 using the link on the PMEA D8 webpage.

For more information: Contact

Download information below

PMEA D8 PD Day Invitation
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