Welcome to the TAOC website. 
We hope you will find the site and the offerings of the chapter helpful.

Our main purpose is to encourage great teaching in the elementary music classroom here in the panhandle of Florida and in lower Alabama and Georgia, using the methods and approach called "Orff Schulwerk."
We are a chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

Our workshops for 2014-2015

Workshops are appropriate for persons with any amount of Orff background. 

September 20, 2014

"Kodaly: The Joy of Personal Musicianship" with Blair Clawson from 9-12:30 at Buck Lake Elementary

February 7, 2015

"How'd They Learn That?! Process Teaching" and an overview of "Making Kid Performances Rock!" 

Jim Solomon

Buck Lake Elementary, 9am-3pm

Registration form is at the bottom of the page.

March 7, 2015

"Educating Students with Disabilities in the Music Classroom"

Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow

Buck Lake Elementary, 9am

This course will be designed specifically for music educators.  Come and learn about the new Florida ESE requirement and unique approaches to reach this population in the music classroom.





Corporate Sponsors:
Beethoven & Co.


The Arnold Burkhart Collection
We are very excited and appreciative that Mr. Arnold Burkhart donated these Orff instruments to TAOC!  Mr. Burkhart was the first president of the American Orff-Sect, and we are very grateful for his generosity to our chapter.  TAOC members may apply to this grant for the 2014-2015 school year by completing the Burkhart Grant Application attached at the bottom of this page and e-mailing it to our chapter presidents in April. 

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Officers for 2014-2015

Co-President: Barbara Hartsfield
Buck Lake Elementary, Tallahassee, Florida

Co-President:  Karen Smith
F.M. Golson Elementary, Marianna, Florida

Treasurer: Donna Berlinghoff
Community Christian School, Tallahassee, Florida

Secretary: Aaron Lohmeyer

Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts, Tallahassee, Florida


National and local memberships run from July 1 to June 30.
Join AOSA online.
Download a TAOC membership form.  Chapter dues may also be paid at any workshop.

Chapter membership
 AOSA Members $25
 Full-time Students $15
 Non-AOSA members $35

Individual Workshop Fees
Members of TAOC  $5
Non-members  $25
College students who preregister by mail
(Contact us to preregister)
 no charge
College students not pre-registered  $5


AOSA, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a professional organization of music and movement educators dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. We are joined by our belief that learning about music - learning to sing and play, to hear and understand, to move and create - should be an active and joyful experience.

Its mission is to:

  • To demonstrate the value of Orff Schulwerk and promote its widespread use.
  • To support the professional development of our members.
  • To provide a forum for the continued growth and development of Orff Schulwerk that reflects the diversity in contemporary American society.
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