The annual convention of the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum will take place online.

The theme of the convention is:


Ways of developing creative learning processes


Monday, 26 July -Thursday, 29 July 2021

The annual convention of the IOSFS will take place ONLINE! 

  • Members of IOSFS and national OS associations: 60€

  • Students: 40€

  • Non-members: 80€


Learning through play and learning playfully are fundamental principles in Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy. Teachers invariably incorporate play into their planning to initiate and develop learning processes. 

Planning for play reflects our understanding of how learners can be most engaged and motivated. Planning happens before teaching - in a written outline of aims and content - and during teaching - in adaptations that are often intuitive and spontaneous. Sharing practice and reflections about play and planning is a powerful way to improve our understanding of effective teaching and to articulate the characteristics of creative learning processes.

We invite you to participate in 4 days of online workshops, talks, presentations and discussions about Play and Planning in Orff-Schulwerk.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Patricia Campbell (University of Washington, USA)

  • Anna Maria Kalcher (Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria)

  • Elizabeth Wood (University of Sheffield, UK)


  • Alicia de Banffy (Germany)

  • Krongtong Boonprakong (Thailand)

  • Kate Buchanan, Andrew Maud and Maria Neil-Smith (UK)

  • Michael Chandler (USA)

  • Christa Coogan (USA/Germany)

  • Elfa Lilja Gisladóttir, Nana Hilf Ingvadóttir, and Kristin Valsdóttir (Iceland)

  • Doug Goodkin (USA)

  • James Harding (USA)

  • Angelika Holzer (Austria)

  • Markku Kaikkonen, Soili Perkiö and Elisa Säppanen (Finland)

  • Charnell King (South Africa)

  • Sharon Mazion and Marjie Van Gunten (USA)

  • Caroline McCluskey (Scotland)

  • Bethany Rowe (Australia/Canada)

  • Shirley Salmon (Austria)

  • Andrea Sangiorgio (Germany)

  • Wolfgang Stange (UK)

  • Robyn Staveley (Australia)

Come Togethers:

  • Ezgi Tatar (Turkey)

  • Aixa Toledano Benítez (Spain)

  • Ksenija Buric, Lidija Detić and Silvija Sarapa (Croatia)

  • Manju Durairaj (India/USA)

  • Kofi Gbolonyo (Ghana)

  • Paul Grosse (Singapore)

  • Magda Pucci and Mayumi Takai (Brazil)

  • Jackeline Rago (USA)

  • Sandra Salcedo (Columbia)

  • Judith Thompson, Kimberly Collins (USA)

  • Fauna Woolfe (USA)

  • Mentees of the European Mentorship Programme in Orff-Schulwerk Pedagogy / Singapore Satellite

Associated Schools and Institutions

  • Carl Orff Grundschule, Altenerding, Germany 

  • IMMEA, Institute for Music and Movement Education Advancement China Shenzen, China

  • International School Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

  • Jittamett Kindergarten, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Moraiti School, Athens, Greece

  • Musicanto, Piossasco, Italy 

  • Pestalozzi Escuela del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • San Francisco School, San Francisco, USA

*Registration opens June 1st*

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Information current as of 16 May

All information subject to change