2021 -2022 Workshop Series

All PAOSA Workshops will be held online via the ZOOM platform for the remainder of 2021. We plan to return to in-person workshops starting in January 2022. In-person workshops will be held at:


Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary School

816 Norristown Road

Ambler PA, 19002

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 - 1:30 pm

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary School

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


Our very own PAOSA Members will present ideas and strategies for the classroom that you can use right away! More details to come....stay tuned!

PAOSA Book Club

Book Club


Saturday, February 12, 2022

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary School

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


Dive into the Orff Echo with PAOSA! We will be using selections from the Orff Echo for discussion, practice, ideas and classroom implementation. More details to come...stay tuned!

Thomas Pierre

A Place for Every Child


Saturday, March 5, 2022

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary School

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


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.