Fall Workshop for Elementary

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Southern Division

Workshop Location

Biloxi Jr. High School Band Hall

1921 Tribe Drive

Biloxi, MS 39532


Marsha Gaines, Chair

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Central Division

Workshop Location

Crossgates Church

8 Crosswoods Road

Brandon, MS  392042


Katie Chew, Chair

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Northern Division

Workshop Location

County Office

5 E. South Street

Hernando, MS  38632


Vicki Hornsby, Chair

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MMEA 2019 Fall Workshop Information and Forms

Simply Beginning


Susan Mueller, Clinician


Securing the future in an elementary curriculum, Orff Schulwerk serves as an effective strategy to optimize learning in the 21st century and beyond.  Since creativity is at the heart of problem-solving, teachers can help students develop creative competencies, better equip them for the community and the world. Through differentiation, and a focus on the whole child, this

hands-on approach to music making cultivates students’ critical and creative thinking. Teachers will receive detailed notes. This is an active workshop so dress casually and be ready to have fun!



Susan Mueller (Sue), associate professor of music, has extensive experience in elementary music education and the Orff Schulwerk approach. Mueller holds a Bachelor of Music at the University of Kansas, Master of Education in fine arts and curriculum from Lesley College, Level I-III and Masters class Orff Schulwerk certification and serves as a mentor teacher for apprentices in the field of Orff Schulwerk teacher education. She taught K-5 music education for 27 years in the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, until her 2005 appointment to UNLV where she teaches music education courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and is now the Director of the School of Music.

Mueller is a nationally recognized and active workshop clinician for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conferences as well as for conferences and chapters in Canada. She currently teaches basic Orff Schulwerk pedagogy at UNLV, and University of Central Florida. She has served on the National Board of Trustees for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as Region II Representative (1996-1999), National Conference Chairperson (2000-2003, 2008-2011, 2014-2017), Vice President (2003-2005), and President (2005-2007). She has received Honorary Membership for service to AOSA and the Nevada Desert Valley Chapter’s of AOSA’s Lifetime Service Award. Mueller is published in the Clark County Elementary Music Curriculum Guide, Las Vegas Writes II, and has two publications, Simply Speaking, and Simply Beginning, both teaching resources for the elementary music classroom.