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I offer workshops for general music teachers as well as regular classroom teachers and other specialists with an emphasis in movement, Responsive Classroom, Orff, jazz, teaching without words, and more. Check out some of my previous workshops below and reach out if you are interested in having me visit your school, district, or chapter using the contact form at the bottom of this page!

The calm yet exciting energy you provide as a teacher and leader, and the grace and purpose with which you move as you teach are truly inspiring. – Cristen Dimas

Currently, I teach Elementary Music and Movement with an emphasis on the Orff-Schulwerk approach at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. My classroom is a welcoming, safe and positive environment that incorporates the Responsive Classroom approach with playing, singing, and dancing – cornerstones of Orff Schulwerk. I travel about 5-10 times a year to schools, districts, state conferences and more to share lessons, ideas, techniques, and more with fellow educators. Invite me to your district today!

My workshops are interactive, joyous and playful sessions that embody Orff Schulwerk. Orff Schulwerk is an approach to elementary music and musicianship that includes music, movement, speech and drama. In an Orff inspired classroom, students sing, say, dance and play through imitation, experimentation, improvisation, and composition as they grow into creative, confident musicians and movers.

It was great meeting you and even greater learning with you. You turned a great TMEA into a transforming moment in my life. – Angela McKnight

Make sure to take a moment to follow me on Instagram and Facebook and subscribe to my YouTube – I frequently share lessons, tips, concerts, and more for fellow teachers just like me to enjoy and will give you a better idea of what I can offer your district, chapter, team, or state.

Matthew’s upcoming and previous workshops:January 9, 2021 – Sierra Nevada AOSA Chapter Workshop
November 2020 – American Orff Schulwerk Association Presenter
October 24, 2020 – Atlanta Orff AOSA Chapter Workshop
October 17, 2020 – Black Hills AOSA Chapter Workshop
September 26, 2020 – Central Texas AOSA Chapter Workshop
September 12, 2020 – Oklahoma AOSA Chapter Workshop
August 17, 2020 – NYSSMA State Conference Headline Presenter, Albany, NY
August 15, 2020 – Central Carolina Chapter of AOSA Workshop, Raleigh, NC
July 27-August 7, 2020 – Level I, II & III Movement Teacher at Portland Orff Course, Portland, OR
April 18, 2020 – Indiana AOSA Chapter Workshop
April 11, 2020 – St. Louis AOSA Chapter Workshop
February 29, 2020 – Northwest Ohio AOSA Chapter Workshop
February 7-8, 2020 –
January 25, 2020 – Prairie Winds AOSA Chapter Workshop
January 20, 2020 – Millard Public Schools General Music Teachers Professional Development Session, Omaha, NE
January 9-10, 2020 –
Florida Music Educators Association Conference, Tampa, FL
November 10, 2019 – North Carolina Music Educators Association Conference, Winston-Salem, NC
October 19, 2019 – Greater Nashville AOSA Chapter Workshop
September 28, 2019 – Berkshire-Hudson Valley AOSA Chapter Workshop
September 21, 2019 – Kentucky AOSA Chapter Workshop
September 14, 2019 – Greater Milwaukee AOSA Chapter Workshop
August 2019 – Level I and II Movement Teacher at Portland Orff Course, Portland, OR
July 2019 – Working with Teachers across China, Play and Discover Music with Young Learners
April 13, 2019 – Music of the Valley AOSA Chapter Workshop, Shenandoah, VA
April 4, 2019 – American Orff Schulwerk Association Professional Learning Network Webinar, Classroom Management Strategies: Responsive Classroom
April 1, 2019 – Loudoun County Public Schools General Music Session, Ashburn, VA
March 30, 2019 – Great Plains AOSA Chapter Workshop, Omaha, NE
February 18, 2019 – Millard Public Schools General Music Teachers Professional Development Session, Omaha, NE
February 14, 2019 – Texas MEA Conference Session, San Antonio, TX
November 2018 – American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference Featured Presenter, Cincinnati, OH
August 2018 – Responsive Classroom School-Wide Professional Development, Grace Episcopal Day School, Kensington, MD
August 2018 – Level I Movement Teacher at Portland Orff Course in Portland, OR
July 2018 – Level I and II Movement Teacher at Winthrop Orff Course in Rock Hill, SC
July 2018 – Curriculum Writing for K-5 General Music at Alexandria City Public Schools
April 2018 – Long Island AOSA Chapter Workshop, Hofstra University, NY
March 2018 – Northern New Jersey AOSA Chapter Workshop, Wayne, NJ
January 2018 – Florida MEA Conference Session, Tampa, FL
October 2017 – Maryland MEA In-Service Conference Sessions, Laurel, MD
August 2017 – Durham Public Schools General Music Teachers Professional Development Session, Durham, NC
July 2017 – Level I Movement Teacher at Winthrop Orff Course in Rock Hill, SC
May 2017 – Adjudicator for Prince George’s County Orff Event
April 2017 – Philadelphia AOSA Chapter Workshop
March 2017 – Peabody Conservatory Saturday Series Workshop, Baltimore, MD
March 2017 – West Virginia MEA Conference Session, Charleston, WV
December 2016 – Arlington County Public School General Music Teachers Professional Development Session, Arlington, VA
November 2016 – American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
October 2016 – Maryland MEA In-Service Conference Session, Laurel, MD
October 2016 – FCPS New Counselors Responsive Classroom Workshop, Vienna, VA
April 2016 – Mountain Laurel AOSA Chapter Workshop
January 2016 – Ohio MEA Conference Session – Responsive Classroom
January 2016 – Indiana MEA Conference Sessions – Responsive Classroom and Energizers
October 10, 2015 – Baltimore AOSA Chapter Workshop
August 2015 – Charlottesville Orff Mini-Conference Session
March 2015 – Levine School Infusion of Jazz in the Schuwlerk Workshop
March 2015 – West Virginia MEA Conference Session
January 2015 – Middle Atlantic AOSA Chapter Sharing Session
September 2014 – FCPS General Music and Responsive Classroom Session
June 2014 – FCPS PBIS Institute Responsive Classroom Energizers Session
January 2014 – Middle Atlantic AOSA Chapter Sharing Session
June 2013 – FCPS PBIS Institute Responsive Classroom Energizers Session

Feel free to reach out to Matthew at 513-703-8012 or at for further information on scheduling a workshop, or use the following form:

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