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!

Our 2016-2017 Workshop Series

April 22, 2017
PhyllisPhyllis Thomas
Jacksonville Country Day School
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Phyllis Thomas taught elementary music for twenty-seven years, the last eighteen of which were at Bridlewood Elementary in Flower Mound, Texas. She has served as a lead teacher for the district elementary music program, with special responsibilities on the Elementary Advocacy, Curriculum, and Assessment committees, and for the Grade 5 LISD Honor Choir. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado and a Master of Music degree from what is now the University of North Texas in Denton, where she completed three levels of Kódaly training and one level of Orff training.

Phyllis is a past “Teacher of the Year” on her campus, a “Model Technology Classroom” Teacher, a recipient of the Lewisville Foundation Award, and was named a SMART Exemplary Educator (2010-present). She is a member of the state committee that selects the repertoire for the UIL Music Memory competition, and is coauthor and editor of the Music Memory Passport, published by the University Interscholastic League of Texas. An author of interactive white board lessons and activities for eight volumes of Interactive Now, she was also a contributor to A Wide World of Web Visits 2012, Ten to Teach Harmony, Ten to Teach Rhythm, Ten to Teach Melody, and Ten to Teach Form, and is an author for Activate! Magazine, all of which are published by Heritage Music Press. She is also an author of kindergarten-eighth grade lessons and activities for Online Learning Exchange Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett, developed by Pearson in partnership with Alfred Music Publishing.

Phyllis has presented a variety of music, technology, and SMART Board sessions at workshops and conferences across the country. She has been a featured clinician at Texas and Kentucky Music Educators Association (TMEA and KMEA) Conventions, Texas and Arkansas Choral Directors Association (TCDA and ACDA), Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), national TI:ME Conventions, as well as at the Silver Burdette Summer Music Institute in Boone, North Carolina.


May 13, 2017
The Colemans!
Jacksonville Country Day School
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

All workshops are held at Jacksonville Country Day School
10063 Baymeadows Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256
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Click here for a Membership Form for 2016-2017

“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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