Matt McCoy: Falling into the Elemental

September 27-29
1847 W Northern Lights Boulevard
Anchorage, Alaska

This three-day workshop is focused on effective instructional techniques and strategies commonly used in teaching elemental music as understood within the approach known as Orff-Schulwerk. Participants will experience diverse activities that include multiple preparatory exercises for media transfer, lesson sequences allowing for scaffolding and differentiated instruction, authentic assessment, and creative extensions with opportunities to analyze (i.e., “unpack”) the experiences for pedagogical content and application. Additionally, for many participants, this workshop may also serve as an introduction to pieces drawn from primary source materials (i.e., repertoire from the Schulwerk Volumes and Supplementals) that can be utilized for many different learning goals as well as for performance.

Matt McCoy teaches elementary music and choir at the Emerson School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to his time at Emerson, Matt worked in various educational institutions including public and independent schools, children’s choir organizations, and universities in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States. As a clinician specializing in process-based teaching, he is a frequent clinician at AOSA National Conferences and at local chapter meetings around the United States. 

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John Feierabend


Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is a Professor Emeritus of Music Education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. He has given presentations in all 50 states and many other countries. He is the author of over 70 books, recordings, and DVDs, several of which served as the inspiration for the award winning PBS children’s television series Lomax: The Hound of Music.

Dr. Feierabend has been honored as a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); named University Educator of the Year by the Connecticut Music Educators Association; received the outstanding alumni award from Wayne State University; received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the James Bent Award for outstanding achievement in scholarship and creativity from the University of Hartford, and was the first U.S. recipient of the LEGO Prize, an international award given annually to “an individual who has made a distinctive contribution to the betterment of children.”

Dr. Feierabend continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. Dr. Feierabend’s creativity and research has resulted in two music methods; First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for infants through elementary-aged children and Conversational Solfege, a music literacy method suitable for elementary through college-aged student.

Dr. Feierabend’s teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the materials and techniques to help build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies while promoting the use of quality literature. In the summer of 2012 a group of dedicated and like-minded educators honored Dr. Feierabend’s 40 plus years of teaching and research with the formation of the Feierabend Association for Music Education. For more information go to: and