MTAOSA Workshop Hours


Chapter Share: 9:00am-12:00pm

All others: 9:00am-3:00pm


Workshop Location


Walnut Grove Elementary School

326 Stable Road

Franklin, TN 37069

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October 19th, 2019: Matthew Stensrud

"Infusion of Responsive Classroom in the Schulwerk"

About our Presenter

Matthew Stensrud (MM, George Mason University; BM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) teaches kindergarten through fourth grade general music at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013 and is an Orff Schulwerk Certified Teacher Educator of Movement, currently teaching at the Winthrop Orff Course in Rock Hill, SC and the Portland Orff Course in Portland, OR. Matthew serves as Vice President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of AOSA and serves on the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo, the quarterly publication of AOSA. He was also a Key Content Contributor to the book, Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas. He was Teacher of the Year in 2017 and recognized with the Spotlight Award by the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in Summer 2017. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia. You can find Matthew on social media @MisterSOrff on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on his YouTube page, or at

About this workshop:

 When filling your classroom with the principles of Responsive Classroom and an everlasting playfulness, the Schulwerk can truly shine. Today, we’ll spend the morning exploring Responsive Classroom techniques and how they effortlessly blend with Orff Schulwerk, and then play, discover, and wonder in the afternoon as we explore student-led choices, improvisation, risk-taking, and more. Join us on the adventurous journey!

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