2017-18 Workshops & Events


1. Putting it All Together from Start to Finish! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017 — 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m.

Presented by Cora Bigwood

New Location, Zavala Special Emphasis School, 3125 Ruth St., Corpus Christi, TX 78405.

To register, click on the following google link:

2. Topic: TBA

Saturday Jan. 20, 2018– 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
Presented by Neal Tipton
Location: Texas A & M Kingsville, 905 w. Engineering Ave. Kingsville, TX 78363. Music Building Room #106

3. The Journey Is the Destination

Saturday April 14 — 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m.

Presented by Karen Medley

Location: Texas A & M Kingsville, 905 w. Engineering Ave. Kingsville, TX 78363. Music Building Room #106

4. Chapter Share & Creative Camp

November 2017 (TBA) — 9am-12pm
Location: TBA


2016-17 Workshops & Events

A Story, A Song….Come Play Along (storytelling)

Saturday January 28, 2017, 8:30-3:30

Angela Leonhardt (WHD member $10, non-member $20, students free of charge)

Student Union Building, Ball room B (1050 w. Santa Gertrudis St., Kingsville, TX 78363)

To register,  fill it out in Google Forms.

Join us as we mix up a batch of musical delights using the books found in your library and Orff media of singing, saying, dancing and playing.  This workshop is open to music teachers, classroom teachers, church musicians and other educators whose interests lie in the fun, interactive learning of music and literature.

Angela Leonhardt is the music specialist at Hidden Forest Elementary in San Antonio. She holds Masters degrees in Music Education and Administration with principal certification. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Central Texas Orff Chapter in the posts of Recording Secretary, Treasurer, VP and President and is the chair of the Curriculum Oversight and Review Committee for AOSA.  She is the president of Texas Music Educators Conference, a division of National Association of Music Education.

Past Workshops

Sing, Say, Dance, Play (and Ukulele!)

Saturday August 27, 2016 8:30am-3:30pm.

Lorelei Batislaong (WHD member $10, non-member $20, students free of charge)

Don’t reinvent the wheel. Just tweak it! We will apply already utilized elemental teaching techniques to the new instrument on the block, the ukulele. The results are a student-driven and fun approach to an engaging and easily accessible instrument. Lorelei will present basic chord, fingerpicking, and improvisation techniques allowing students a ukulele experience that is natural, genuine, and aligned with concepts already explored in vocal, recorder, and barred instrument performance.

Orff Meets Kodaly 

Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am-3:30pm.

Kathy Kuddes (Non-WHD Member $20, WHD member $10, students free of charge).

To register,  fill it out in Google Forms.

Future Events:

Saturday Oct. 22, 1-5pm Chapter Share (bring potluck lunch).

Saturday Nov. 19, Creative Orff-Schulwerk Music Camp (9am-3pm, 1st through 8th grade)

November 2-5, Orff National Convention, Atlantic City, NJ

Coming soon:

Summer Teacher Training Courses at TAMUK

Orff-Schulwerk Level I and II .


2015-2016 Workshops:

The Texas Wild Horse Desert Chapter #104 will hold four workshops of this 2015-2016 school year:

 Upcoming workshop

4. “Curriculum and Skill Development in the Orff Schulwerk Classroom”

Saturday April 9, 2016, 8:30-3:30. Clinician: Ms. BethAnn Hepburn

Join us for a full day of fun with BethAnn. She will be working with a group of upper elementary children from 2:30-3:15pm for this workshop.

(Non-TMEA Member $20, TMEA member $10, Students Free. )

To register,  fill it out in Google Forms.

Bethann hepburn Flyer PDF

BethAnn Hepburn teaches 4th-6th graders at Henry Defer Intermediate School in Streetsboro, Ohio.  She has the designation of Master Teacher with the Ohio Department of Education.  She is an endorsed teacher education instructor for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. BethAnn is a regular presenter for Orff chapters throughout the United States, and has trained teachers in China and Singapore.  She is the past Professional Development chair for AOSA.

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This workshop is Co-sponsored by Music Is Elementary and Texas Music Educators Association. We thank TMEA and Music Is Elementary for their sponsorship.

All Workshops will be held at Texas A & M University-Kingsville

Bellamah Music Building, Rehearsal Hall, Room 106

(905 Engineering Ave., Kingsville, TX 78363)

Contact: Dr. Catherine Tu (361-593-2807) with any questions.

Past Workshops:

  1. 8/30/2015 “NEW TEKS: Hands-on activities for PreK-5th music classroom”

Clinician: Dr. Catherine M. Tu

TAMUK Music Building Rehearsal Hall @5pm. Door Prizes and light refreshments will be served. RSVP to for a free handout. (Free to the public).

2. 9/20/2015 “Music, Patterns, and Math”. Hands-on activities for integrating music and math in PreK-5th classrooms. (Dr. Catherine Tu, Sunday Sept., 20, 5-7pm, Rehearsal Hall 106). RSVP to for a free handout. (Free to the public).

3. 1/23/2016 “Authentic Chinese Children’s Songs, Games, and Dances – The Year of Monkey” (Teacher’s guide, student book, and accompaniment CD will be available for participants. Donations of the teacher’s guide will be accepted for WHD chapter scholarship funds.) Registration (8:30-9). Member free. Non-member $10.00. Clinician: Dr. Catherine M. Tu

Come and experience hands-on activities that you can use immediately in your classroom. No music experience is required. This session will be a demonstration of authentic Chinese children’s songs, games, and crafts. Activities include Chinese children’s songs of numbers, greeting, friendship, clapping games, fun facts, and simple art projects. A Chinese music curriculum book entitled: Authentic Chinese Children’s Songs and Music will be available. It includes a teacher’s guide (with 14 lesson plans), student songbook, student art portfolio, and a 56-tracks accompanying CD. This curriculum has been pilot-tested in Miami-Dade elementary schools. It will provide the participants an authentic experience that is ready to be applied to the classroom. The curriculum will expand the views of participants on arts integration and interdisciplinary strategies, and give the participants confidence in teaching the Chinese music, art and cultural materials.

For Early Childhood Music Research, check this website:




2 Responses to Workshops

  1. Jessics Reyes says:

    The number one workshop has no date noted. Will you please let us know the date so we can see if we can attend. Thank you!

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