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Workshops and Registration

NDVC Registration

2023-2024 Membership

NDVC Local + AOSA National (Unified Membership)

  • Early-bird Local Dues ($52 + $94) = $146  
         *(Early bird rate closes Friday
    , August 25)

  • Regular Local Dues ($57 + $94) = $151

  • Retired Teacher ($37 + $64) = $101

  • First-time Chapter Member ($37 + $94) = $131  *(non-1st year teacher) 

  • First-year Music Teacher ($0 + $94) = $94

  • Student Membership ($0) *Must show proof of full-time enrollment

NDVC Local + AOSA Workshop Fee (Local Membership + $20)

  • Early-bird Local Dues ($52 + $20) = $72
          *(Early bird rate closes Friday
    , August 25)

  • Regular Local Dues ($57 + $20) = $77

  • Retired Teacher ($37 + $20) = $57

  • First-time Chapter Member ($37 + $20) = $57

  • First-year Music Teacher ($0)

  • Student Membership  ($0) *Must show proof of full-time enrollment


To join NDVC, a local chapter of AOSA, simply  

Workshop Details

Create Mirrors, Windows & Sliding Glass Doors through Children’s Literature


Learn how to incorporate an inclusive space for literature to teach musical concepts in your classroom. Teachers in this session will be able to encourage social and emotional learning by understanding the differences between creating mirrors, windows, and sliding doors through children's lit. Charissa will bring several book recommendations for the music classroom written & illustrated by People of the Global Majority; Black & Indigenous People/Persons of Color (BIPOC). Be ready to create, play, and add movement to bring new classroom stories to life!


About Charissa

Charissa Duncanson (kuh- rih-suh dung-kin-sen) has taught general music for grades ranging from K-8th in the Metro Detroit Area since 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Education from Wayne State University in Detroit. As a sought out clinician for music education, she has presented locally and internationally at conferences and PD workshops. Charissa has served on multiple boards for music education associations including MMEA Michigan local affiliate of Nafme, Detroit Orff Schulwerk Association, and the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Charissa is a lifelong learner and is currently acquiring her Masters in Music Education from Longy School of Music, Cambridge Massachusetts. Beyond her passion for music Charissa and her husband are enjoying parenting their joyful and energetic toddler.

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Sounds Abound - Timbre and Form

“The Magic and Mystery of the Orff Instrumentarium”

In this session we’ll celebrate the timbres of the Orff instruments as we look at their justification and use in the music classroom. We will analyze, play, and listen to arrangements exploring improvisation opportunities and tapestries of sound that display the beautiful sound colors of the Orff orchestra. We will highlight the role of form and structure along the way as we talk, sing, play, and listen. What are the joys of Orff Schulwerk? The magical sounds of the instruments, the fun of body percussion, games, speech pieces, movement, songs, stories… All of the above? Yes!

About Brent

Brent Holl lives in Bridgewater, Virginia, and taught middle school general music and choir in Augusta County, Virginia for 33 years. He currently teaches summer courses in Orff Schulwerk and is a national clinician and consultant in music education in the Orff Schulwerk design. He is an author and composer writing materials for Orff level courses, young singers, recorder ensembles, marimba and the Orff instrumentarium.

He received a B. S. degree from Bridgewater College, an M.M.Ed from James Madison University, and has completed all levels of Orff Schulwerk Certification at the University of Memphis with further study at George Mason University and Hamline University. Mr. Holl is the owner of Beatin’ Path Publications, LLC, a publishing house dedicated to the development of high quality music resources for classroom music teachers in the design of Orff Schulwerk. Beatin’ Path Publications offers resource books for Orff levels course instructors, recorder, marimba ensembles, Orff ensembles, hand drumming, and general music. 

Brent Holl is also a singer/songwriter specializing in children’s songs. He has recorded and produced several CD’s of children’s songs for church and Bible school as well as hymns and songs for the liturgy.


Folk Dance Night: Date and Location TBA


Dust off your dancing shoes! This annual social event gathers members together to move, learn and connect. Members are welcome to teach a dance. Look for signups soon! There is also some pretty good snacking that goes keep you energy up!

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Confidence and Clarity in Elemental Movement


Effective teachers of Orff Schulwerk use clear modeling and intentional process to isolate and manipulate musical concepts, but many lack the confidence to approach the movement elements in the same way. Experience the comfort and joy of a well-structured elemental movement unit, then workshop your own ideas and bring an original movement unit back to your students.

About Ashley

Ashley Brown Woodside is dedicated to exploring the interplay of creative dance and music education. She is an accomplished dancer and saxophone player with a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Syracuse University and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Manhattanville College. She completed her Orff Schulwerk Levels at the San Francisco International Orff Course. Ashley has been a Teacher Educator in Movement Levels I - III at summer Orff levels courses since 2013. Her articles on elemental movement have been published in The Orff Echo. In addition to presenting workshops to school systems and chapters nationally and abroad, Ashley leads a Montessori Lower Elementary general education class, teaches PreK - 6th grade children Music & Movement, and provides private woodwind instruction at The Tidewater School in Maryland.

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Ukulele Social: Date and Location TBA


Tune up those Ukuleles for our annual Ukulele Social. No playing experienced is required. A Ukulele isn't even required, we will have a few to borrow! Come sing & strum with friends!


Chapter Share & Business Meeting

Each year we celebrate our local talent with our Chapter Share. Whether you are pumped to share a stellar lesson or eager to learn from friends, the Chapter has it all. Including lunch, and maybe a little business. Something for everyone! Keep an eye on our newsletter for sharing signups! 

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