Presenter Links and Shopping!

Aug 29 – Aimee Curtis Pfitzner

You can find Aimee Curtis Pfitzner’s publications at Beatin’ Path by clicking the link below. Our chapter will receive a portion of the proceeds!

Sept 12 – Matthew Stensrud

Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Elementary Music and Movement Teacher and currently teaches PK-4 music and movement at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement, and teaches Movement Levels in South Carolina and Oregon. Matthew is also on The Orff Echo Editorial Board and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. He is also well-known on social media as @MisterSOrff on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, and offers newsletters through this website and mentoring, lesson plans, and more on his Patreon page.

Oct ?? – Melissa Blum

Melissa has been a member of the World Music Drumming Faculty since 2009, creating the curriculum and teaching the Drumming Up the Fun! workshop, for teachers of children ages 3-8. Melissa has facilitated World Music Drumming ensembles as a team-building exercise at a variety of corporate and community events for children and adults, and is a clinician for state music conferences, Orff chapter workshops, daycare/preschool providers, public school professional development events, and ECMM educators on the topic of incorporating developmentally appropriate music activities in the pre-k- grade 2 classroom setting.

Feb 6 – David Row

David Row loves teaching music to kids. A Nebraska native and Midwesterner at heart, David now lives and teaches in the Cherokee County School District outside of Atlanta, GA. 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 country. On his blog,, David shares ideas about classroom content, management, lesson plans, critical thinking, and more. Check out his newest adventure by looking in Apple Podcasts for “Make Moments Matter: A Music Education Podcast!”

Mar 6 – Kris Olson  Check out ‘Goose’. Everything Kris does is GOLD!

Kris has taught music and movement for 30 years in private, public, rural and urban settings. She teaches workshops across the country and has offered classes in movement at various universities. Kris has her master’s degree in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. She studied dance at Zenon Dance Company while living in Minneapolis and now lives in Lubbock, TX where she is a member of Flatlands Dance Theatre and leads the Border Morris Sides “Brother’s Grimm” and the newly formed “Sister’s Grimm”. While in Lubbock, Kris taught dance as an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University and currently teaches early childhood family classes and Musicality through Movement classes for ages 5-12.

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