2021 -2022 Workshop Series

In-person workshops will be held at:

Loomis Elementary School

369 North Central Blvd.

Broomall PA, 19008

Kris Olson

The Moving Classroom

Saturday, August 28, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST/ZOOM

Zoom links will be shared via email one day prior to the workshop session.

This workshop will focus on the integration of movement into our music teaching in order to reinforce musical skills and provide opportunities for creativity. For our youngest students, we’ll explore adapted folk dance, fanciful finger plays, and the world of pretend. For older children, we’ll build rhythmic skills through body percussion and cup passing games of varying difficulty.

Kris has taught music and movement for 30 years in public, private, rural, and urban schools. She offers workshops across the country and has taught at various universities. Kris is a member of Flatlands Dance Theatre in Lubbock, TX where she teaches music and movement as a private contractor. Kris has her master’s degree in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas.

David Row

Singing Intentionally: Making decisions about what to teach and why

Saturday, September 11, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST/ZOOM

Zoom links will be shared via email one day prior to the workshop session.

What do you do when a song that you’ve loved and taught for years turns out to have a troubled past? How do you make sure this doesn’t happen again? In this session we’ll talk about the origins of some famous folk songs, how to research folk song history, intentional planning of song literature, and ideas about how to substitute in new songs for those that need replacing.

David Row loves teaching music to kids! A Nebraska native and Midwesterner at heart, David now lives and teaches in the Kansas City metro area for the DeSoto Unified School District. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory, completed three levels and a master course in Orff Schulwerk training, and has extensive experience with critical thinking in the arts. David is an active clinician and has presented workshops at state and local conventions across the United States and Canada. On his blog, MakeMomentsMatter.org, David shares ideas about classroom content, management, lesson plans, critical thinking, and more. Search for “Make Moments Matter: A Music Education Podcast!” wherever you download podcasts or catch up with David every week on his “Musical Mondays” LIVE videos on Facebook.

Dr. Patrick Ware

Working with Words

Saturday, October 9, 2021

10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST/ZOOM

Zoom links will be shared via email one day prior to the workshop session.

Songs, rhymes, poems, chants, speeches, soliloquies, asides and rants; what do these have in common you ask? They all use words; some slow, some fast. Some are long, some are short, and some are really funny. Good for working on rainy days or outside when it’s sunny. Come one come all, come big or small in flocks or gaggles or herds. Come join us as we celebrate connecting with our words.

Dr. Patrick Ware holds degrees from Westfield State University, Radford University and Shenandoah Conservatory. He is and has been an instructor for levels I –III Orff-Schulwerk movement and recorder as well as level I & II basic pedagogy. Patrick teaches k-5 music in Woodbridge, Virginia, and is published through Beatin’ Path Publications.

PAOSA Chapter Share

Chapter Share

Saturday, January 22, 2022

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

In person - masks required

Loomis Elementary School

This workshop will be recorded and posted in the Member Portal.

Our very own PAOSA Members will present ideas and strategies for the classroom that you can use right away!

PAOSA Book Club

Book Club

Saturday, February 12, 2022


10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST/ZOOM

Zoom links will be shared via email one day prior to the workshop session.

Do you have a book and activity that you'd love to share? Perhaps just the book and are looking for inspiration from colleagues? Or maybe you have the concept and are looking for that accompanying story to make it come alive for your students? At book club we will be exploring the many ways that children's literature can inspire and enhance your teaching.

Thomas Pierre

A Place for Every Child

Saturday, March 5, 2022

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

In person - masks recommended

Loomis Elementary School

Note: This workshop will not be recorded.

Every learner has creative potential. Through singing, saying, moving, playing, and creating, participants will experience ways of tapping into the creative potential of learners in the urban classroom to provide meaningful musical experiences that are multicultural, arts integrated and address varied learning modalities.

Thomas Pierre is a National Board Certified Music Teacher, holds an Orff-Schulwerk certification, and is a 2020 CMA Music Teachers of Excellence National Award recipient. He has taught vocal, general and choral music at all grade levels. Mr. Pierre is currently a vocal music teacher in Prince George's County Public Schools, board member of the Maryland Music Educators Association and the Middle Atlantic Chapter of AOSA, and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee and Restructuring Committee of AOSA. Mr. Pierre has led workshops nationally and internationally focusing on closing the achievement gap in urban education through the arts.