Capturing the improvisational, experiential and inspirational moments of teaching through Orff

Janice will speak to top Orff instructor Rob Amchin about how to capture the improvisational, experiential and inspirational moments of music teaching.

Dr. Robert Amchin is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Education and the Professor of the Music Education at the University of Louisville School of Music. He enjoys leading undergraduate and graduate classes in teacher education for music and non-music majors. Dr. Amchin also mentors graduate thesis projects and supervises music education student teachers in the Kentuckiana area.

Dr. Amchin’s training includes being part of the Special Course for English Speaking students at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), teacher training courses at New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan.  He was an elementary music specialist in Spring, Texas and works with children in the Kentucky area as an artist-in-residence guest music teacher.  His presentations include Orff process, folk dancing, drumming, world music, creative musicianship, recorder, and integrated arts projects.

Amchin has taught Orff teacher-training courses, master classes, and workshops at local, state and national music education events throughout his career. His specialization is in Orff-Schulwerk, an internationally recognized and interdisciplinary approach to teaching music and movement to children of all ages. As an internationally recognized Orff teacher, he has taught in China and Russia for several years, Austria, Israel, Poland, Finland, and Canada. He has presented at numerous American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) national conferences as well as local Orff workshops throughout the United States.  He was the AOSA National Conference co-chair in 2003 and was a contributing editor to AOSA’s journal, Reverberations.

In Kentucky, Dr. Amchin has been an active music educator.  He serves on the board of the Kentucky Orff Schulwerk Association and is an active member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA).  For KMEA, he has served as statewide collegiate advisor, local collegiate representative and has been nominated as outstanding collegiate music educator several times.  He served as a member of the editorial board of the KMEA state journal and is a regular presenter at annual state KMEA conferences.

Dr. Amchin has contributed to various publications and projects related to music teaching and learning.  He has published many collections of compositions and arrangements for Orff and recorder ensembles.  A recent publications are Modal Mosaic, published by Beaten Path Publications and  Shalom Chaveirim: A Celebration of Jewish Hebrew Music for Voices and Orff Ensemble, published as a supplement to the American Edition to the Orff Schulwerk (Schott). Dr. Amchin also enjoys exploring current trends in teacher education, creative thinking research, early childhood education, movement education, integrated arts curricula, and world musics.

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