Workshop Location

Location: Jacksonville Country Day School

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Katie Grace Miller 

Katie Grace Miller is an elementary school music teacher in Orange County in Orlando, Florida. She began teaching in 2005 and currently teaches at Lake George Elementary School.  She received her bachelor’s degree in MusicEducation from the University of South Florida and received her masters degree in Teacher Leadership with a focus on curriculum development from the University of Central Florida.  She has her Orff Level 3 certification.She teaches before and after-school musical groups named "Lake George Jammers” for 3rd – 5th graders and directs a school musical each year.  She was named Teacher of the Year in 2008 and 2020.   She was named an Alumni of Note from her alma mater University of South Florida in 2022. She has presented clinics to music teachers in various states and has conducted various all county choirs and Orff groups in the state of Florida.  She published the book “Get to the Point” with her aunt, Artie Almeida and has 4 published teacher resources of her own. Katie enjoys singing and spending time with her husband Jesse, her 2 children, Jackson and Emily and dog Hobbes.

Tara Clayburn 

Tara Clayburn is the Lower School Music Teacher at The Potomac School in McLean, VA, where she teaches Kindergarten through Grade 3 music and movement classes. She is a teacher educator for the American Orff Schulwerk Association and she currently teaches AOSA teacher training courses at the North Florida Orff Course and at West Chester University. She has presented workshops for Orff Schulwerk Chapters in the Middle Atlantic, at the AOSA National Professional Development Conference in 2021 and, most recently, for The Potomac School opening training sessions in September 2022. She has had articles published in The Orff Echo, AOSA Reverberations, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s Bluegrass Music News. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Morehead State University. She received her Orff-Schulwerk levels certification from The University of Kentucky. She further studied the Schulwerk at the Summer Course at the Orff-Institute in Salzburg Austria, as well as many masterclasses and workshops throughout the United States. Tara has served as President for the Middle Atlantic Chapter. 

Chapter Share

Chapter Share is an insightful opportunity to learn from members of our chapter. Volunteer to share successful lessons or materials you use within the classroom or simply soak in the knowledge of your colleagues!

Matthew Stensrud

Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed music educator and currently teaches PK-4 Lower School Music and Movement at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. Previously, Matthew taught kindergarten through fifth grade music for seven years at Annandale Terrace Elementary School, a highly transient and culturally diverse school in Fairfax County, Virginia and for two years at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, VA. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in the summer of 2013, his training in Responsive Classroom in 2011, and is an American Orff Schulwerk Association approved Movement Teacher Trainer. Matthew presents frequently on the successful combination of Orff Schulwerk and Responsive Classroom, has published articles on Responsive Classroom in the music room and contributed to a book for specialists on the incorporation of Responsive Classroom. He received the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in Summer 2017 and was recognized by his school as Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. He was also recognized by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce for the "40 Under 40" Award in 2018. Recently, Matthew gave a TEDx talk on non-verbal communication entitled "Our Power Without Words".

Outside the classroom, Matthew is involved in various volunteer roles in the Washington DC Metro area, served as Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts from 2014-2019 and currently is Vice President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Matthew also serves on the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo, a quarterly scholarly publication of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. He also served as an education policy advocate for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association for Music Education. Previously, he was a communications intern at The Education Trust. He lives with his husband in Del Ray, Alexandria.