July 22, 2017

9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
University of Central Florida
Morgridge International Reading Center (MIRC)

Orlando, Fla.


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Sound Structures for Playful Musicians

Our clinician, Connie Van Engen, is planning to model Orff Schulwerk process lessons, which use a variety of improvisational structures. “Improvisation is central to the Orff Schulwerk approach and provides students with opportunities to create and grow as musicians. As an educator, planning improvisational experiences for students can be intimidating. Through active participation, collaboration, personal reflection and group discussion, we will explore several structures designed to move students from imitation and exploration to improvisation."

Connie Van Engen is the music specialist at Bell Prairie Elementary, where she teaches K-5th grade students and conducts the Wind Song Choir. Connie received her Orff Schulwerk certification from Hamline University and apprenticed with Elaine Larson at George Mason University. Connie is the Level II pedagogy instructor in the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and Baker University in Kansas. She has served as AOSA Region III representative and recording Secretary. In 2013 Connie was named the North Kansas City School District’s Teacher of Distinction. She is a soprano in the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. Connie and her husband, Ken, share their 100-year-old house in Kansas City with an Old English Sheepdog named Addy.

Registration Information

Pre-registration: $40
Collegiate Student pre-registration: $10
On-site registration: $45

Free continental breakfast is included.

Lunch is available for pre-order at $12:

  • Nutty Mixed-Up Salad Box:Grilled, 100% antibiotic-free chicken breast, grapes, organic apples, cranberry-walnut mix, organic field greens and feta with balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Croissant Club Box: Nitrite-free ham, roasted turkey breast, bacon, cheddar, Swiss, leafy lettuce and tomato on an all-butter croissant. Chips, pickle.
  • Turkey Wrap Box: Roasted turkey breast, fresh-made guacamole, Roma tomatoes and organic field greens in an organic wheat wrap. Served with a side of freshmade ranch dressing. Fresh fruit or baked chips.
  • Spinach Veggie Wrap Box: Organic wheat wrap filled with organic spinach, fresh-made guacamole and pico de gallo, mushrooms and Asiago. Served with a side of fresh-made salsa. baked chips.
  • Gluten-Sensitive Traditional Box: Roasted turkey breast, leafy lettuce, tomato on gluten-free bread.  Served with chips, pickle and an Udi’s® gluten-free Snickerdoodle Cookie.

Online Pre-registration


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1959 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, Florida, 32826

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Connie Van Engen
Connie Van Engen