Welcome to the North Florida Orff Chapter, a Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.  We are elementary music teachers, middle school music teachers, preschool teachers, church musicians, professional musicians, retired music educators, and music lovers!

Coming together on a regular basis to learn from master teachers keeps us vitalized and energized to do the very important job of teaching children to be musical.  We welcome visitors and new members!  Just drop in and join us at our next workshop!

Artie Almeida will be our workshop presenter on Saturday, October 20th. Joining your local AOSA Orff chapter is still available as well as single workshop fee. Click on the link below Artie’s bio.

2018-2019 Workshop Series

Next workshop is October 20
from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
with Artie Almeida.

Bring your own hand drum!

Artie Almeida

Dr. Artie Almeida recently retired after 37 years of teaching in the public schools. She was the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in the Orlando FL area, where she taught 1200 K-5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have performed for NAfME, AOSA, and on the NBC Today Show. Look for The Bear Lake Sound in the upcoming music education advocacy documentary “Marching Beyond Halftime.”

Artie was chosen as Florida Music Educator of the Year, and was also selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society. She was a Teacher of the Year at the school level 6 times, Seminole County Teacher of the Year, Runner-Up for Florida Teacher of the Year and was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. Artie is included in the publications Who’s Who in American Education, and Great Minds of the 21st Century.

Artie was an adjunct professor of music education at the University of Central Florida for 34 years, the saxophone instructor at Valencia State College, the music and movement instructor at Seminole State College and a saxophone performer and teacher. Additionally, she performs early music with Ars Antiqua and the Halifax Consort.

Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 A.M. 

Workshop begins at 9:00 A.M.

Bring your own hand drum!

2018-19 NFOC Membership & Workshop Form

All workshops except the State Orff Workshop are held at

Jacksonville Country Day School
10063 Baymeadows Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Click here for a Map

 What teachers say about North Florida Orff Chapter:

“My favorite thing about attending an NFOC workshop is all of the hands-on learning that takes place. We teachers get to be the students, and it gives us a great perspective on how material will be perceived when taught to our students. My other favorite thing is the wonderful lesson plans and ideas that are in each workshop’s handout. I have saved them all in a huge notebook, and they are like gold!”
– Andrea Duke, Music Educator, “The Treble with Music”

“Orff is a way of life.  Sing-Say-Dance-Play-Create.  How much better can it get than that?!”
– Jim Solomon, Orff Master Teacher and NFOC founding member

“I never walked away from an NFOC workshop without a lesson or activity I could use in my classroom right away!!!”
– Jeni West, Music Educator and Orff Specialist

“I love how convenient it is to attend workshops with nationally-known clinicians right here in Jacksonville. Such great ideas and you can earn professional hours! Plus the local & national membership gives you the opportunity to attend other Florida chapters’ workshops for free!
– Virginia Dickert, Music Educator and Orff Specialist, NFOC founding member

“Orff music educators are talented, giving, caring, dedicated, expressive, and active.  There is no better training for music educators.  Come see for yourself!”
-Laurie Zentz, Music Educator and Orff Specialist

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