Laurie Zentz Presents “Teaching Tune Up” October 21 in Gainesville

Calling all elementary music teachers in North Central Florida!

Music specialists, music education students, and Heart of Florida Orff Chapter members are all welcome to join us for a day of FUN, joyful music education experiences. Come out and support your colleagues, have breakfast with us, and enjoy the lessons of the workshop, “Teaching Tune Up—How to Get the Most Out of Your Minutes,” presented by music educator Laurie Zentz.

Laurie’s workshop will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, 1080 SW 11th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. Join us for breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Heart of Florida Orff members, please bring a breakfast item to share.

The workshop is free to Heart of Florida Orff Chapter members; free to national AOSA members; and free to college music education students. All others, see this link for costs.

About the “Teaching Tune Up – How to Get the Most out of Your Minutes” Workshop

Do you feel like you never have enough time to cover everything you want to with your students? Laurie will demonstrate strategies that make your teaching more efficient, with highly effective approaches that are rich in musical content. In addition to lessons on melody, rhythm, movement, vocal development, and ensemble experiences, she will offer many suggestions for classroom management, managing performing groups, and assessing large numbers of students in music classes. There is something for everyone!

Laurie ZentzAbout Laurie Zentz

Laurie Zentz has been a music educator since 1984, when she graduated from Valdosta State College (GA). She received her Master’s Degree from Jacksonville University and completed Orff Schulwerk Level III Certification. She also completed the course “Jazz and Orff-Schuwerk” with Doug Goodkin at San Francisco State University.

She achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Early and Middle Childhood Music. She is part of Florida’s Teacher LEAD Network, and mentoring is her passion.

Laurie has taught all levels, from Pre-K through the university level. She has presented at music education conferences and workshops in California, Florida, New York City, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. Her Orff Ensembles have been featured several times at FMEA.

Laurie is the author of Junior Jam Session, Note Name Nonsense, Percussion Playalongs, and The Heart Chart. Her Heart Chart Rhythm System has been sold all over the world and has been adopted by several school districts as their primary music notation instructional tool.

Laurie was featured in the December 2012 issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” Her third time being named “Teacher of the Year” was in 2015 at Switzerland Point Middle School, and in 2016 she was selected as the St. Johns County School District “Teacher of the Year”; she is also a 2017 finalist for Florida’s “Teacher of the Year.”


For additional information, please email Heart of Florida Orff chapter President Michael Roberts at


Photos from Artie Almeida’s August 26 Workshop in Ocala

Photos from Artie Almeida’s August 26 Workshop in Ocala

On August 26, 2017, the Heart of Florida Orff chapter welcomed music educator Artie Almeida, who presented a workshop at Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School in Ocala, Florida. Attendees shared breakfast and learned lots of ideas and strategies for teaching music to their students. (And as usually happens in Artie’s workshops, there was lots of audience participation!) Her presentation was followed by a brief Heart of Florida Orff chapter meeting.

Here are just a few photos from the event; check back often, as more photos and video clips will be added.

A big thank-you to Artie for sharing her time and knowledge with us!



Videos coming soon!

Happy Back to School; See Artie Almeida on 8-26-17

Happy Back to School to ALL our members and friends.

We start a brand-new year and your impact on your students will be one of the most important experiences that happen at your school this year.

Please join us next Saturday on August 26th for fellowship and breakfast as we welcome, from Orlando, workshop extraordinaire Artie Almeida.  Artie will bring with her tons of great ideas to share with your students.  Since Artie will be driving up to join us we will begin her workshop at 9:30, which will allow us to gather and welcome each other to our new year with a light breakfast and morning coffee.  Please bring a breakfast item to share if you feel so inclined.

After our workshop we need to have a short but meaningful business meeting with you, our members.  We have a few chapter duties to perform, including the nomination and election process of President Elect for our chapter.  I will provide you more information on that position in this email.  The HoF board also wants to share and communicate our goals for this school year and season of workshops.  An agenda for the business meeting will be attached to this email.

Are you interested in servant-leadership for the music education community?  Want to support your peers and colleagues? I hope you will consider joining the Heart of Florida Orff Chapter Board.  Right now our immediate need is for a President Elect.  President Elect is the office that supports the President and prepares to be President after the current President’s term expires.

The basic functions of all board positions are communication and collective decision-making.

Some of the duties I perform as President are making contact with presenters, booking the presenters, writing vendors for donations, inquiring about favors and financial support, maintaining our web presence through our website and Facebook page, and maintaining communication with various local learning communities such as Alachua/Marion district administrators and schools, other area schools, and local colleges and universities.

We currently have two outstanding servant leaders as our Treasurer, Carrie Olson; and Secretary, Danielle Trip.  Their 2-year terms will expire at the end of this school year and those positions will need to be staffed to continue the 18-year tradition of bringing HIGH QUALITY music education workshops to Ocala and Gainesville.  I want to thank Carrie, Danielle, and our previous President, Sondra Collins, who literally SAVED the chapter from dissolution.  They deserve our thanks and appreciation that after 18 years we can continue to serve into our 19th year.


***A personal note about the history of the Heart of Florida Orff Chapter*********

“A Tale of Two Cities”

When HoF has workshops in Gainesville, the Gainesville teachers tend to come out and have good attendance.  When HoF has workshops in Ocala, the Ocala teachers tend to come out and have good attendance.  However, in the history of our chapter when we try to serve both communities usually attendance is heavily influenced by location.  This has been true for the history of the chapter.  I WANT TO STRIVE TO CHANGE THIS YEAR!  Sometimes I have the pleasure of going out west to present for a chapter workshop.  Most western states are big states that only have one chapter.  One morning in Albuquerque, NM, a man told me he drove from Denver to see my workshop; I was overwhelmed!   That is a typical experience for many Orff chapters.  We are fortunate to have 7 chapters in Florida, more than any other state.  We have one right in our own backyard.

Thanks for supporting your “home” chapter.  I can’t wait to see and visit with you on Saturday, August 26th to see ARTIE ALMEIDA, at Dr. N. H. Jones in Ocala, 9:00  to 1:30.

Please see attachments.

Yours in Orff!



Michael Roberts MMMEd.

University School Assistant Professor

Heart of Florida Orff Chapter President

NBCT Music Specialist

Master Level Orff Schulwerk / Peace Education  / Brain Theory Certifications

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School


Summer Camp 2014 Photos

Summer Camp 2014 was a great success!