Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Hello!  My name is Mona Mann.  I am a general music specialist with full certification in Orff-Schulwerk.  I am also a recorder teacher trainer for other music teachers in Orff-Schulwerk training courses.
School Photograph

My musical background is in flute and recorder.  In addition, I play the piano and love to sing.  I have an undergraduate degree in Flute and French from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Master's in Music Education from Northern Illinois University.  Between my undergraduate degree and my Master's, I spent three years studying flute and baroque flute in France at the Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg.

I came to music education in a somewhat roundabout way.  My parents are both educators and I was determined to do something different from teaching with my life.  I spent a number of years studying music, not knowing where it would take me, but reluctant to embrace teaching.  I discovered Orff-Schulwerk in graduate school and within a few hours of my first workshop, I knew with certainty that this kind of teaching was what I wanted to do with my life.  From that point on, I was headed on a clear path of music education through Orff-Schulwerk.

I have been lucky enough to work in two excellent school districts which supported and promoted these kinds of music programs.  I have been active in my local chapter, the Greater Chicago American Orff-Schulwerk Assocication for over ten years.  Visit for more information about the Chicago workshop series.  At the national level, I have been a member of AOSA and attended the national conference in various locations across the United States for over ten years as well.

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I look forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas about music education through Orff-Schulwerk through this blog, and particularly my passion for teaching recorder to young people.

Yamaha Alto Recorder
Photo Courtesy of West Music Co.