Past Events

James Harding/Peta Harper Workshop



15 & 16 January, 2014
Arbour Room, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Vic
470 Station Street, Box Hill

9.15am - 4.30pm daily

The Dot and the Line
An Orff Schulwerk workshop with James Harding, San Francisco & Peta Harper, Sydney

As teachers, we are always seeking ways to connect the dots, our dots being the elemental concepts of music and movement, the students, and a repertoire of songs, games, and dances. This workshop will present activities in rhythmic speech, poetry, instrumental ensemble, creative movement, and dance for the music classroom, with an emphasis on how they connect to creative exploration with the elements of rhythm, form, pitch, dynamic, tempo and timbre. We will also play directly with dots and lines, experiencing some of the many ways that simple props can lead to visual and kinesthetic understanding of musical concepts.

JAMES HARDING studied classical clarinet at Yale University  and the Mozarteum in Salzburg and has played Balinese music in Gamelan Sekar Jaya since 1990. He currently teaches children from preschool through middle school at The San Francisco School, where he has taught since 1990. James was local co-chair of the 2007 Orff National Conference, gives workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada and has also taught in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Thailand and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. He is the author of the recently published From Wibbleton to Wobbleton.

PETA HARPER is a secondary school music teacher at Fort Street High School, NSW and is an experienced Orff practitioner.  She has been on the NSW Orff executive since 2001 and has recently completed the Special Course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg.  Peta has presented Orff Levels courses and at professional development workshops and conferences throughout Australia for various organisations.  She particularly enjoys finding as many creative ways to explore an idea as possible.

To view the draft Program please click here.  The program is being updated regularly as session details become available.


Member of Orff Association  $250

Non Member                      $310

Student                             $125

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