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Welcome to First Iowa Orff, the NE Iowa Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, located in Cedar Falls.


Orff Schulwerk signifies the creative, student-centered, elemental approach to music and movement education. Our chapter is primarily elementary or multi-age music teachers from across the state who gather to share ideas, network, and invite national clinicians to present workshops!

Membership for the year is $125, which includes all four workshops, or $40 per workshop. All workshops are located at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

Graduate Credit

IF you are interested in registering for 1 hour of GRADUATE credit for our workshops this year, here are the details:
1 – you must attend a minimum of THREE of the FOUR workshops
2 – the tuition is $200 (billed through UNI, not FIO) – which is extremely low for grad credit!
3 – you register ONLINE – through UNI (not FIO)
4 – questions?  contact Caroline Wilson – 800-648-3864  (not FIO)
1.  Click HERE
2.  Click on the sentence directly under “to enroll”
3.  click on “courses, workshops, practicums, internships”
4.  Fill out the registration form online
5.  For #7 – input:
– Course #:  MUS ED 4133/5133
– Title:  Singing, Moving, and Playing in Elementary General Music
– Units of Credit:  1
– Instructor:  Michelle Swanson
6.  After filling out all of the information – click I AGREE at the very bottom.

October Workshop Updates!

Dear First Iowa Orff Members;

First Iowa Orff is very excited to have Karen Benson on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from 9am to 3pm. Please note that we WILL NOT be on the UNI campus for this workshop. The workshop with Karen will be held at Southdale Elementary, 627 Orchard Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.

Please click on the link below to register. Also on the registration page there is a link that will allow you to pay ahead of time for the workshop. If you pay ahead of time you will receive Karen’s notes by email before the day of the workshop. This will allow you to be able to print the notes and bring them with you. You will still be able to pay the day of, but you will not receive the notes until the day of the workshop once payments have been processes by our treasure. If you paid for a yearly membership at the first workshop this year, you will also receive your notes before the workshop.


First Iowa Orff is also in need of hospitality members to volunteer for this workshop. Please email if you are interested in helping. Rebecca our secretary or I will get back to you with what you can do to help.

I hope everyone has had a great start to their year, and I can’t wait until we are all making music together with Karen Benson next Saturday!


Nathan Kelley

FIO President & Officers

FIO Season Brochure and RSVP

Hello!  I hope you are ready for the new school year.

The first workshop for First Iowa Orff is coming up on Saturday, August 29th on the UNI campus.  The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features Sarah Richardson as our presenter.  The link to register is below, and the brochure for all our workshops this year is attached.  Please forward this message to music teachers in your district and any other music teachers who may be interested.
Same as last year, the cost per workshop is $40, but paying for the whole year in August only costs $125, which saves you $35 for the year.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
FIO Officers