Roger Sams

Teaching With Orff


Roger Sams
"Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31
years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has
served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and
supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has
been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the
University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron
University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St.
Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular
presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, has served
on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with
teachers in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Poland,
Spain, and Scotland. He currently serves as Director of
Publications and Music Education Consultant at Music is
Elementary ( and creative Director
Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of
choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-
author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary
Music Classroom” and “Percussive Play.” He has published works
for children’s choirs in the “Crooked River Choral Project” series
and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round
My Heart.”"