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Yeeman “ManMan” Mui

Virtual Workshop: Body Bayashi- the Art of Taiko
January 21, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST


Learning the main pattern of “Body Bayashi,”a body music/dance piece created during San Francisco International Orff Courses based on the kuchi-shoga of “Mikoshi Bayashi” – a basic pattern from the festival music of historic Tokyo, as learned from Kenny Endo-sensei in his ensemble weekly Edo Bayashi practice. The purpose of the dance is to internalize and embody the interlocking relationship between two instruments. A very challenging but fascinating exercise. Participants will also learn about the cultural history of the practice of kuchi-shoga and appreciating the role of taiko in Asian American history.

About the Artist

Yeeman “ManMan” Mui (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, HongKonger, multidisciplinary taiko artist, and facilitator based in Los Angeles, who strives to build an equitable landscape for the purpose of fostering creativity. As a neurodivergent, ManMan grew up unable to speak outside of immediate family due to an anxiety condition known as Selective Mutism. Through the discovery of multisensory artistic expressions, ManMan continues to find liberation through fluidity in movement and is propelled by the resonance of vocals and drums. 


ManMan’s program, Taiko Together, became a catalyst for student-centric facilitation where non-verbal communication is at the core. This opens up space to listen into silence, connect with one’s body, and celebrate innate musicality, which is a strategy used to uplift marginalized voices. ManMan works with communities that confront various social injustices. This includes Grand Vision Foundation, Makoto Taiko, Los Angeles Taiko Institute, Older and Bolder, San Jose Taiko, Portland Taiko, Foyle Obon, Humber Taiko, Orff4kids, Raging Asian Women, Rhythmic Flow Taiko, O • Daiko Hong Kong, and Taiko Community Alliance. ManMan received an MPhil in Musicology from the University of Hong Kong.

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Join CTAOSA for a collaborative Chapter Share
March 25, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

Connecticut Chapter Share

Giselle Ziegler

Global Expressions: Create, Perform, Respond, and Connect Toward Cultural Understanding

April 29, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 Past Workshops...

Music is Everywhere! An Experience in Body Percussion, Chants, and Improvisation
September 17, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 Followed by our 50th Anniversary Picnic!
Luncheon included with admission to Otto's workshop

Otto Gross


Russell Nadel

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Improvisation and composition activities in the elementary General Music classroom are some of the deepest and most fun learning opportunities music students can have!  In this workshop, participants will learn a variety of strategies to "pull back the curtain" on composition and improvisation, and will learn and practice many straightforward techniques for helping guide students in creating their own original music and movement.  Using classic processes and ideas from Orff Schulwerk, combined with ideas taken from Project-Based Learning and Social-Emotional Learning, participants will experience improvising and composing alone and with others, on instruments and with their voices, in words and in movement, and will come away with a toolbox of ideas and a pile of lesson ideas to bring back to their students.

About the Artist
Russell Nadel is a music educator and an award-winning composer based in Virginia. Some of his vocal and choral works are published by Hal Leonard and Transcontinental Music Publications, and recordings of his compositions can be found on four commercial albums. Mr. Nadel is a certified teacher educator in the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education, and is in demand as a workshop clinician and teacher trainer around the United States.  He is the Middle School Music Specialist at The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia.

Accessible Improvisation and Composition for All Ages
October 15, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

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AOSA Professional Development Conference 
Kansas City, MO

November 2-5, 2022


AOSA National Conference

November 8, 2022 (Election Day) from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, CT

Election Day Workshop:
Honoring Refugee Voices

MUSIC, SEL, and the Power of Connection

Collaborative Workshop featuring

  • IRIS: Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services

  • Afghan Children’s Songbook Project: Louise Pascale

  • Kevin Bishop, Executive Director of Cuatro Puntos

  • Arson Fahim, Afghan Musician

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