2018-2019 Workshop Schedule


October 27, 2018 – Free for UFOLKS Members
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Christa Coogan
“Inspiring the Essential and Elemental Connection Between Music and Dance”


Place: Utah Opera Production Studios – 336 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, 84103
Time: 9am-3pm (Breakfast at 8:30am)

The Orff-Schulwerk approach values the musical, poetic body in relation to music. It is based upon the assumption that everyone can dance musically, with intention and purpose.  This workshop in elemental, creative dance will offer access into this relationship through rhythm and structure, through imagination and sensuality. Discussion and reflections of artistic-pedagogical approaches to teaching movement in music classes support the physical work.

Christa Coogan studied dance at the Juilliard School in New York City, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts; she completed her studies in Dance Sciences at the University of Salzburg, graduating with a Master’s Degree.  In addition to her teaching activities at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Christa teaches children and adolescents aged 6-18 to design dance and music projects.  She works as a teaching coach for the Federal Association of Dance in Schools and was co-initiator and director of the further education course “Dance Art in the School!” at the Technical University of Munich from 2006-2012.  Christa has been a lecturer at the annual San Francisco International Orff Course since 2004; she teaches master classes at various universities (George Mason University, St. Thomas University and Southern Methodist University) and is repeatedly invited as keynote speaker at the AOSA (American Orff Schoolwork Association) national conferences.  For more than twenty years Christa has taught at the Orff Institute / Mozarteum in Salzburg and is internationally active at universities and colleges for movement and dance in the sense of Orff Schulwerk and in the field of creative-artistic dance.

Christa Coogan Teaching Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RdG4iIP4aA

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February 23, 2019

Julianna Gylseth
“Reaching the Heart of the Music: Musical Experiences for the Heart, Soul, and Musical Development of our Students”


Place: Odyssey Charter School – 738 E 700 S, American Fork, UT
Time: 9am-3pm (Breakfast at 8:30am)
Explore ways to connect to the “musical hearts” of our students while also being true to the authentic meaning of the song literature.  Learn more ways to link song games to masterwork pieces through movement.  Delve into rhythmic and melodic literacy experiences while also expanding your multicultural folk repertoire.  This workshop will focus on developmentally appropriate singing games, and learning experiences for grades K-6.
Julianna is a K-6 music specialist in the Provo City School District where she oversees a general music program at Spring Creek Elementary, a Title 1 school.  She directs the Spring Creek Concert Choir, grades 4-6.  She has served as a mentor for the elementary music teachers in her district.  In the summer, she teaches pedagogy at the InterMuse Academy for Kodály Studies at Brigham Young University.  She has presented workshops on various topics in Elementary Music Education throughout the state of Utah, as well as nationally. Julianna has participated in many choirs including the Utah Baroque Ensemble, and the Cathedral Choir of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado.  She recently received the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Legacy Award from the Utah State Office of Education.  B.M., Brigham Young University, M.M.E. Holy Names University, Gifted and Talented Endorsed.
GUESTS: $45.00
Student: $10.00

April 20, 2019

Miriam B. Factora, Ph.D.
“Songs and Singing Games from Asia”

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Place: Salt Lake City (TBA)
Time: 9am-3pm (Breakfast at 8:30am)

Miriam is at present a music specialist at the Bullis Charter School in Los Altos, California. She received her B.M. Music Education at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines; M.M. Music Education at Holy Names University, Oakland, California; Ph.D. in Music at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and was an International Kodály Society scholar at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. She has taught a wide range of levels—early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school and university. She has presented lectures, keynote addresses and in-service training to students and teachers in the Philippines, U.S.A, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Mexico, England and Scotland. She was invited as a keynote speaker at the International Kodály Symposium that were held in Columbus, Ohio in 2007 and in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015. She is a faculty member of the Kodály Summer Institute at Holy Names University, Oakland, California. Miriam has conducted a revolutionary research towards the indigenization and localization of the music education program in the Philippines resulting in the publication of several folksong collections for pedagogical use.

GUESTS: $45.00
Student: $10.00

State relicensure hours are available for EACH individual workshop.

Certificates will be available for workshop attendance upon request.