2021-2022 Season

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The Greater Baltimore Area Orff Schulwerk Association will be meeting on Zoom for our first three workshops of the year! We will be welcoming Liban Gómez, Jeaneau Julian, and Julia Malafarina as presenters for 2021-2022. Stay tuned for more information, and don't forget to register at the link above!

Go Out and Play! with Julia Malafarina

Baltimore Orff is going back IN PERSON with a free workshop on May 14th, 2022 from 9 AM - 1PM.

Go Out and Play!: Using Camp Songs, Games, and Stories to Inspire Playful Learning

As we enter a playful classroom, we see students laughing, seriously focused, or with eyes full of wonder. A playful approach to teaching and learning primes our students for creativity, connection, and intuitive leaps. The end of the year is the perfect time for students to bring together everything they’ve learned (along with that funny idea from TikTok and the serious music theory from their piano lessons) through playful collaboration. And what better way to do this than with a little inspiration from camp!

Camp is a place where kids rule; where older campers pass on their favorite songs, games, stories, and skits to younger campers. If it’s a hit at camp, it will be a hit in your classroom. Using the Orff approach, we can take inspiration from camp and extend these favorites to make creative games and projects that bring joy, connection, and playfulness to our classrooms!

Clinician Bio: Julia Malafarina is in her 14th year teaching general music and currently teaches Pre-K 3 through 5th grade students at Harford Day School in Bel Air, MD. She is level III certified in Orff, participated in the Orff-Afrique Master Class in Ghana, and completed the post-graduate course “Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education” at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Julia is Vice President of our Orff chapter and is also on the Middle Atlantic Chapter board. She is so grateful to belong to the wonderful international community of music and dance educators that is Orff-Schulwerk and to have the opportunity to play and create with people like you!


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5114 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210

Untold Stories with Jeaneau Julian

How do we incorporate hard topics into our Orff Classroom? Using Children’s Literature and the Orff Process, with personal anecdotes thrown in, we will dive into four different stories that scratch the surface of Untold Stories. Come with an open mind ready to continue the work of sharing these stories and more.

Jeaneau Julian is in her 21st year of teaching music, with the last 9 years being the Music Specialist at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and earned a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Arkansas Tech University. She has completed Two Levels of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education and has previously served as Treasurer for the Central Arkansas Orff chapter.

In addition to teaching music, she is the ESOL coordinator and records the daily morning announcements for her school. Outside of school, she provides professional development at the district level for elementary music teachers, organizes the zoom meetings for the Central Arkansas Orff chapter, and attends as many professional music meetings as she can as time allows. She loves to learn and share that learning with her students.

October 2, 2021

Liban Gómez presents "Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Music Classroom."

Join GBAOSA as we welcome Liban Gómez to our chapter! Liban will be sharing how to bring cultural awareness to your music classroom with music, stories, and movement.

More about Liban

Liban O. Gómez ☺ was born in the Dominican Republic and has been teaching for 13 years at The School of Higher Expectations P.S. 66 in the Bronx, New York City. Liban previously taught grades 2 and 5 working particularly with the English Language Learners. He has been teaching General Music and Music Through Literacy to students from Pre-K - 5th for over 10 years. In addition to that, he also teaches violin after school at the same school. At The City College of New York, he received his Bachelors’ Degrees in Childhood Education, Italian Literature and Language, and Mathematics followed by a Master’s in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). He completed his Orff Levels I and II in New York City and obtained his Orff Certification at George Mason University. He is the current president of the New York City Chapter of AOSA. Liban frequently and actively attended numerous workshops offered from different parts of the world. Liban is a polyglot and has traveled around the world to learn and explore other cultures. He loves and enjoys teaching, movement, sports, traveling, and photography.