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