Instrument Repair Hospital – AOSA 2015

The 2015 AOSA Professional Development Conference was held in San Diego, CA on November 11-14, 2015. Waves of Learning workshops, exhibits, and performances provided a flood of opportunities for active learning.

In one such session, Lissa Ray (aka “Doctor Lissa”) guided her Instrument Repair Hospital interns through the basics of labeling, storing, maintaining and repairing Orff instruments.

With supplies found at the local hardware store and “Doctor Lissa’s” simple techniques, you can ensure that your Orff instruments continue to provide beautiful sound for years to come.

Did you miss this life-saving instrument healthcare training?

Download the session notes from “Doctor Lissa”

Download the Powerpoint presentation from “Doctor Lissa”

Do you have an instrument that needs medical attention?

Watch “Doctor Lissa” in our Instrument Repair Hospital video series.

Do you have a question for “Doctor Lissa” about a sick instrument?

Contact us. We are here to help!

AOSA Instrument Hospital

About Lissa Ray

Lissa Ray

Lissa taught general music in a suburb of Cincinnati. Lissa currently teaches Pre-K - 6 in at a Montessori school in Northern Kentucky. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Children's Choir and has served on the American Orff-Schulwerk National Board of Trustees. Lissa presents Orff-Schulwerk workshops and classes for teachers and children.


Waldo Caballero

We have three Orff timpani and I like to replace the heads.
Would you be kind to: guide as where to buy new ones and any tips on what I need to know or do to mount them.
We use these instruments with our elementary school string orchestra.
thank you very much.

Waldo Caballero

Julie Rombach-Kendall

Can I have your permission to share your notes with my colleagues? I am preparing to lead an instrument repair session for our elementary teachers. Your notes are so good that I was wondering if you mind me using them. Of course, credit to you would be given.

Teaching With Orff

Julie – you are welcome to share Dr. Lissa’s notes with your colleagues. We hope they help you establish your own Instrument Repair Hospital!

Renee Samse

I have 3 GB xylophones (bass,alto,soprano) and a glockenspiel that need new pins and tubing …Can I buy these items and if so where? Or do I need to improvise?
Thank you
,Renee Samse

Teaching With Orff

We only have information about Studio 49 spare parts. You could call our USA dealers to inquire about parts for other brands and I’m sure they would be happy to help! – Your friends at Teaching With Orff


I’m in a new position and I’ve inherited some Orff instruments that are in pretty bad shape. Some are even missing. Bar or 2. Money is an issue. Can individual bars be replaced? I haven’t found a way to purchase!


We have a Lyons Bass Xylophone that needs the plastic tubing that covers the pins to be replaced. Do you know where I could purchase replacement tubing for this instrument? Thank you!


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