Roger Sams: Playing With Possibility

Roger Sams

Playing with Possibility:
The Power of Choice in the Music Classroom

At any given moment in the Orff Schulwerk classroom there are multiple directions that good teaching process can take you. With any piece of literature there are any number of concepts and skills that you can teach or practice. With any concept or skill there are any number of pathways to support student learning. How do you manage all of these possibilities?

In the active workshop we not only experience lessons that guarantee success on the daily level, but we elevate our vantage point and look at some of the big ideas. What do you value most in your classroom? Are you using your teaching time in a way that truly reflects your values? Are your choices in learning activities and concepts covered reflective of what you say you value most?

Simultaneously, we will look at diverse ways for growing your students’ capacity to make artful choices in their own creative process.

We may not come up with answers to all the big questions, but we will spend a day courageously swimming in the possibilities and gaining clarity and direction for the future.

Dress comfortably for movement and bring your soprano recorder.

If you are interested in scheduling Roger to provide this workshop in your area, please email us for more details. Be sure to tell us which workshop you are inquiring about and download a workshop flyer here!

Educating and Nourishing Your Highest and Best Expression of Yourself
– as an artist
– as a teacher
– as a human


About Roger Sams

Roger Sams

Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers and/or children in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Poland, and Scotland. He currently serves as Director of Publications and Music Education Consultant at Music is Elementary (www.MusicIsElementary.com). Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” with Beth Ann Hepburn. He has published works for children’s choirs in the Crooked River Choral Project series and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round My Heart.”

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