JOY! Play, Sing, Dance:
"Time-tested jewels from the work of Tossi Aaron"
Saturday, September 9, 2023
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Welcome the new school year with veteran Orff educators Michelle Fella Przybylowski, Deb Pizzi, Martha Crowell and Marlis Kraft who will share their favorite ideas and processes from multi-talented Orff educator Tossi Aaron. Tossi was the founder of our Orff chapter and former editor of the Orff Echo, folk singer and folk dancer, performer of Jewish music, teacher educator of movement, recorder, and pedagogy, and known for her love of play parties and canons. A recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from AOSA, Tossi loved to develop ideas in the moment, and she kept children at the heart of her work. Come ready to move, play recorder, sing, and be inspired.
Michelle Fella Przybylowski, B.S, M.Ed., NBCT, American Orff-Schulwerk Association Past President, Orff Schulwerk Teacher Educator, Choral Music Experience, and Kodaly Certification, recently retired from Cheltenham Elementary School K-4, The Orff Echo-Editorial Board 2011-17; Presently teaching at the University of the Arts Orff Program and Course Director, Level III Instructor, and Adjunct Senior Professor; Kent State University, Ohio Instructor Orff Level II & III. Michelle presents workshops. Her major instrument is harp. She is the wife of Ted, the mother of 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Deb Pizzi I have had the good fortune of being trained in Orff-Schulwerk by AOSA legends such as Isabel Carley, Brigitte Warner, Jacobeth Postl, Barbara Grenoble, Carol Erion and Danai Gagne. My entire career began with Tossi Aaron, who introduced me to Orff-Schulwerk, recommended me for my first teaching positions and continued to support me. The majority of my career I taught PK to 5th at Abington Friends School. I also taught in a primary school in France and at Germantown Friends School. I have led workshops for the AOSA conference, directed the opening performance at the AOSA conference in Philadelphia, as well as led workshops for the National Early Childhood Association. Now retired, I am tutoring adults at Beyond Literacy and singing and dancing with my grandsons.
Martha Crowell has taught music at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia since 1982, A recorder teacher educator in Orff Levels Courses for over 25 years, Martha served on the AOSA Guidelines Revision Steering Committee, and chaired the AOSA/ARS joint committee for years, spearheading “Recorder Corner” columns in Reverberations. A frequent Also certified in Kodaly and Music for People, Martha has presented many chapter and AOSA conference sessions. A past president of PAOSA, Martha has had the joy of belonging to the chapter since 1983.
Marlis Kraft taught music for twenty years at the Oak Lane Day School. Collecting folk songs from around the globe has been a life long pursuit which is an interest she and Tossi shared. Marlis is semi-retired and still teaches guitar, recorder and ensemble at her home studio in Elkins Park.