Elemental Illuminations

with David Thaxton, Manny Boga, and Warkenda Williams-Casey

Come to a calm place and a serene space.

An online workshop with David Thaxton, Manny Boga, and Warkenda Williams-Casey. Proceeds will benefit The American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM).

We all know too well the chaos and frenetic pace of the world and the effects it has on our students and classrooms. How can we transform our classrooms into a refuge from the frenzy? How do we create a healthy space for body and mind? Come partake in activities that musically weave elements of calm into classroom practice. Yoga, chanting, interpretive dancing, instrumental explorations, and singing unfolded in calming ways that create a safe and calm environment for students and teachers alike.

Participants will gain some ready to use activities, techniques, and processes for creating a calm and engaging classroom environment. Visuals and notes will be provided.

You will be given access the workshop recording and downloadable materials from the presentation.

A certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


David Thaxton is from Sparks, Nevada where he is currently in his 26th year teaching Elementary music to pre-K through 6th grade.

As an AOSA certified teacher trainer for Orff Level I, II, and III pedagogy and Level II recorder, David teaches Summer Courses for the University of Nevada, Reno, the San Diego Summer Orff Course, and VanderCook School of Music in Chicago. David has presented workshops and clinics at local, state and national level, frequently presenting for Orff chapters throughout the country.

He also serves as President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of AOSA where he was co-founder of the Sierra Nevada Orff Festival. He has served on the Editorial Board of The Echo Journal of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and the monthly online publication, Reverberations. David is currently Treasurer for the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. He has been the Creative Director and Lead Clinician for the Four Corners Young Musicians Summer Camp in Durango, Colorado since 2015.

Manny Boga teaches K-5 Music and Movement, Orff Ensemble, and Recorder in Sparks, Nevada at Alice Maxwell Elementary School. He is the current president of the Sierra Nevada chapter of AOSA. He holds level I and II certification in Orff Schulwerk and presents on a variety of music and movement topics. He is a mentor teacher for new music teachers in the Washoe County School District.

Warkenda G. Williams-Casey, the founder and Artistic Director of Black Swan Ballet Company, is an experienced Elemental Music and Movement teacher, ballet teacher and choreographer, and certified interpreter for the Deaf.

She started combining her love of music with her dance and music when she was introduced to the Orff Schulwerk way of teaching General Music and Movement. After attending several workshops and conferences she decided to pursue her Orff Schulwerk Music and Movement Certification at George Mason University. She has had the privilege of teaching other Elemental Music and Movement teachers at Peabody University in MD, California School System, Portland Orff Association, 2021’s AOSA conference, and West Chester University to name just a few. 

"Thank you so much Dave, Warkenda, and Manny for a lovely, mindful evening. You rock!"

Christina R.
Music Educator

Melding Mind and Music for Calm Creation


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All registrants will receive access to the recording of the workshop along with downloadable materials.

Certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


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