The Detroit Orff Schulwerk Association is a professional organization for music educators that promotes the teachings of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. DOSA is a local chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association that was founded in 1969. In our 50 years of service, Detroit Orff has provided a professional learning community for music educators to collaborate, network, sing, dance, and play. DOSA offers five workshops every school year, bringing in some of the best clinicians in the country.
Black Lives Matter
A Response To Violence and Racism Experienced By the Black Community:
As educators and human beings, we are called to educate by teaching respect and inclusion. We must take seriously the necessity of defending all our students from racism and injustice.
The Greater Detroit Orff Schulwerk Association (DOSA) stands in solidarity with the Black community which has suffered and endured incredible injustice at the hands of law enforcement, government, and society for too long. We stand together united against these devastating and horrific acts of violence. We denounce racism and violence against the Black community and all communities of color.
The Greater Detroit Orff Schulwerk Association will continue to make inclusion, respect and justice a major part of our organization. We pledge to defend our black brothers and sisters, by holding ourselves and each other accountable for our biased thoughts and actions. We will create and provide learning opportunities that help to address the systemic issues of racism in our schools and communities. We will encourage each other as educators to take action against racism by standing up and speaking up to those who demonstrate bias or prejudice. There is much work to be done and the time for action is now.
The Board of DOSA
Books to read
(We invite you to join us in buying from Black-owned bookstores or from authors directly):
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris (and the documentary)
PDs to watch
Making Good Choices: How Can Teachers Better Research Repertoire for the Classroom?
Repurposing Our Pedagogies: Abolitionist Teaching in a Global Pandemic
Websites to visit:
UPCOMING EVENT: Virtual Workshop
Create Mirrors, Windows, & Sliding Doors through Children’s Literature with Charissa Duncanson
Saturday, October 10th, 10:00 - 11:30am.
Learn how to incorporate an inclusive space for literature to teach musical concepts in your classroom. Teachers in this session will be able to encourage social and emotional learning by understanding the differences between creating mirrors, windows, and sliding doors through children's lit. Charissa will bring 5 book recommendations for the music classroom written & illustrated by Black & Indigenous People/Persons of Color (BIPOC). Be ready to create, play, and add moment to bring new classroom stories to life!
SCECH Credits (2 Clock Hours)