Forty years ago, on November 5, 1978, our chapter, North Texas AOSA (originally Dallas Metroplex Chapter, officially became a local chapter of American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). Our numbers were few, but our intention was clear: Help the music educators of the North Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana area further their development in teaching young children through Orff-Schulwerk methods.
Meetings back then were held in Irving three times a year. Several years went by and the chapter had grown, so much so that AOSA decided in 1995 to have their national conference here in Dallas.
The years continued to move on. Our meetings moved as well; they took place at Thornton Elementary in Arlington, then at University of Texas at Arlington, at McCullough Intermediate School in Highland Park, and now at Richardson ISD Professional Development Center.
We’ve grown to 140 members and three national clinician workshops a year. We hosted the 2017 AOSA National Conference held in Fort Worth, with help of many hard-working volunteers from our chapter.
We invite you to join us as we continue to grow, with our original goals still very much a part of who we are. Our constitution and bylaws state those goals specifically as such:
- To direct a focus on the many and diversified efforts of persons and institutions manifesting interest and progress in Orff Schulwerk Music for Children and to demonstrate Orff Schulwerk’s growth and vitality as well as its relevance to the finest aspects of American education.
- To disseminate relevant news and ideas in regard to Schulwerk philosophies and activities.
- To renew inspiration and vision for persons who are presently using Orff’s educational principles.
- To offer enthusiasm and impetus to persons newly embarked on Schulwerk philosophies and techniques.
As our numbers continue to grow, we continue to offer new and exciting workshops throughout the year and a community of enthusiastic and talented music educators. Visit our membership page for more information about our annual membership as well as the discounts that we offer for music students and retired members. We look forward to seeing you at our next workshop!