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April 8, 2017
Roger Sams presents Playing with Possibility: The Power of Choice in the Elementary Music Room
Casper, WY at Lincoln Elementary School 945 North Jane St. Casper, WY 82601 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

At any given moment in the Orff Schulwerk classroom there are multiple directions that good teaching process can take you. With any piece of literature there are any number of concepts and skills that you can teach or practice. With any concept or skill there are any number of pathways to support student learning. How do you manage all of these possibilities? In the active workshop, we not only experience lessons that guarantee success on the daily level, but we elevate our vantage point and look at some of the big ideas. What do you value most in your classroom? Are you using your teaching time in a way that truly reflects your values? Are your choices in learning activities and concepts covered reflective of what you say you value most? We may not come up with answers to all the big questions, but we will spend a day courageously swimming in the possibilities and gaining clarity and direction for the future.
Bring your soprano recorder.
Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers in Canada, China, Indonesia and India. He currently serves as Director of Publications and Music Education Consultant at Music is Elementary (www.MusicIsElementary.com). ; Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” with Beth Ann Hepburn. He has published works for children’s choirs in the “Crooked River Choral Project” series and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round My Heart.”


*UW and PTSB credit applied for - must also have attended Mary Knysh (in Oct 2016) for UW credit


 
Wyoming ballot information 

2017-2019 Ballots
Please mail your ballot in as soon as possible!

Here is a brief biography for each of our candidates:
Monica Huntington (president candidate)
Monica is the K-6 General Music teacher at Sunrise Elementary School in Cheyenne. She received her Masters of Music Education in 2015. She has served on the Wyoming Chapter AOSA Board as President (2013-2015) and Secretary (2015-2017).

Weston Lamb (vice president candidate)
Weston Lamb is a native of Wyoming where he was born and raised in Green River, where he went to college in Laramie at the University of Wyoming, and now where he teaches elementary music in Rock Springs. Weston earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming where he studied Saxophone and Bassoon and he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education degree in Instructional Design from Western Governor’s University online. After graduating from UW, he taught high school and middle school choir and guitar in his hometown of Green River. In 2015, he followed his passion for elementary music and moved to Rock Springs where he currently teaches 1st through 4th grade music at Northpark Elementary and Stagecoach Elementary. Outside of teaching, Weston enjoys cooking, golfing and hanging out with his family, which includes his 3 year old Great Dane, Harper.
Weston is a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association Wyoming Chapter and the National Association for Music Education.

Louise Fritz (treasurer candidate)
My name is Louise Fritz, and I am running for the position of Wyoming Orff Chapter Treasurer. This is my twenty-second year teaching music, in which I have applied multiple Orff strategies and lessons throughout the years from attending Orff workshops both in Arizona and in Wyoming. Orff has become a passion in my approach to teaching. This past summer I completed Orff Level I and have implemented many of the strategies I learned into my lessons this year.
My husband, Ed, and I have been in Cheyenne for five years. I previously taught in Sheridan, WY for five years, and prior to that, I taught twelve years in Arizona after graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors K-12 Vocal/Instrumental Music degree. We have three beautiful children, Brittany and her husband Jeremy, and son Greyson Hoover, who live in Montana. Brandon and his wife Arriana, and son Asher Fritz, who live in Italy. And our youngest, Anthony and his wife Dakota Fritz, who live in Arizona.
I look forward to serving Wyoming in the position of Wyoming Orff Chapter Treasurer.
Thank you, Louise Fritz

Mary Ann Fritz (treasurer candidate)
I retired from teaching full time Elementary General Music in June 2013 after thirty-eightyears in the classroom. I am currently the Executive Director for the Cheyenne All-City Children’s Chorus and have been a part of that organization for twenty-eight years. I am also the book keeper for ACCC where I handle all of the operating and travel funds for the choir.
I received my BA from South Dakota State University and my MA from Ball State University in Indiana. I have a Certificate from the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria for my year of study there in the English Speaking class. I have completed two levels of Orff Certification, one level of Kodaly training and have taken level one of Creating Artistry from Henry Leck.
I was a founding member of the WY Chapter AOSA and have served as its Founding President, Membership Chair, Fundraising Chair and Treasurer. Even though I am retired, I love to attend the WY Chapter workshops and the National Conferences to keep up with all of the exciting happenings in music education and to work with leading music educators from all over the world. I have been very fortunate to work with many of the best that have ever been – including two brief encounters with Carl Orff. I also love the opportunity to see “old” friends and make new ones. I have been honored to serve the WY Chapter as its Treasurer for many years and would love to continue in that position.

Hilary Rostad (secretary candidate)
Hilary Rostad is in her sixth year of teaching general music at Trail Elementary in Torrington. While at Trail Elementary, she has implemented annual Music in Our School’s month activities, including daily performances from community members, teachers (including the principal), and students, has mentored both high school students interested in a career in music and teachers newto the district, and is currently the secretary for her school’s Leadership Team. Hilary has been involved with various community choirs, the Goshen Community Theater pit orchestra and cast, and the Wyoming Symphony. Hilary graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors in 2011 and a Masters in 2015, both held in Music Education, and is currently a candidate for her National Board Teaching Certification. She received her Orff Level 1 certification from the University of Northern Colorado in 2012.

Amy Lenell Ledwith (secretary candidate)
Amy is in her 9th year teaching elementary music in Cheyenne. She is an active member of the Wyoming AOSA and has served twice as president. In January 2017 she presented at the Wyoming Music Educators Association conference, and in 2012 co-founded the WMEA conference Post Banquet Dance. She frequently performs with Round the Bend in southeast Wyoming and can be found drumming, fiddling, and dancing around Wyoming and the globe.
 

Wishing all Music Educators a wonderful year of teaching and learning!
 2015-2017 Officers
Amy Lenell Ledwith,President
Lynnette Wesley, Vice President
Monica Huntington, Past President
Mary Ann Fritz, Treasurer & Membership
Monica Huntington, Secretary
Marilyn Collins, Historian
 
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The American Orff-Schulwerk association strongly encourages members to be positive and discreet when discussing our organization, specific courses and/or teachers, and the Orff movement. The very nature of the Orff Schulwerk philosophy embodies a broad spectrum of expressions exploring different paths to arrive at artistic and educational goals. Members are encouraged to recognize and remain open to varied approaches and to celebrate both our differences and our similarities.
 
 

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