BHAOSA is a professional organization of music and movement educators dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, located in Western South Dakota.


Come join BHAOSA (Black Hills American Orff Schulwerk Association)

St. Elizabeth Seton, 2101 City Springs Road, Rapid City, SD 57702


September 17, 2022 Class 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Maximize Your Instruction with Orff!

Engage your students throughout your music class! Chapter members share innovative and exciting music lessons that work! Based on the principles of Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy, the lessons in this workshop will get your students up and moving, creating, and collaborating with fellow classmates.


October 15, 2022 Class: 9:00 – 3:00 PM

Playful Procedures: Building a Community of Learners through a Responsive and Respectful Classroom

Guest Instructor: Matthew Stensrud, Washington D.C.

With the implementation of Responsive Classroom in elementary schools across the country, music educators can be an influential voice in the successful use of this process based, community driven and exploration centered approach. In this workshop, we’ll learn more about the basics of Responsive Classroom, how it looks in the elementary classroom, and why Responsive Classroom is a natural fit within Orff Schulwerk. So, let’s play, sing, speak, dance, move, and create!


January 21, 2023 Class: 8:30AM - 12:00 PM

January Jam: Volume 1

In this workshop, we will be exploring various types of Orff instruments, including the xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, and percussion instruments. We will learn the history of these instruments, correct playing technique, and will end by playing pieces from Volume 1 by Carl Orff.


March 11, 2023 Class: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Looking Forward Together: Ideas from AOSA National Conference

Members who attend the National Conference in Kansas City, MO will share innovative and challenging lessons gleaned from national and international presenters.


One hour credit from Augustana is available through RCAS; instructor, Jennifer McNabb, jennifer.mcnabb@k12.sd.us, or register at the September meeting. Annual member dues are $50.00 to bring in the outstanding national clinicians. Contacts: Jennifer McNabb (605-645-7422) More information on the "Credit" page.

BHAOSA representation at AOSA National Conference in Cincinnati!

BHAOSA was honored with being a Chapter of Distinction at the November 2019 National Conference!