Best of Both Worlds: Orff and Kodály-inspired Music Education

Jake Autio and Sonja Karlson will explore great songs and activities to demonstrate the Orff process and Kodály-inspired sequencing and tools. Jake will focus on the pedagogical process to singing and music literacy development, while Sonja will focus on the Orff process, Orff arrangements and movement activities. You will see how these two approaches complement each other in the classroom, using the same or similar songs, to give your students the best possible music education!




Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 9:30am to 3:00pm


Queen Elizabeth Elementary

921 Salter Street, New Westminster

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Sonja Karlson

Sonja Karlson has been studying music and playing piano since she was four years old as she moved around the small towns of coastal B.C. She began teaching piano at the age of 14.She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Education degree at UBC. She is currently a full-time elementary music teacher with the Burnaby School District, and has been teaching music in elementary schools for 18 years. Sonja has taught in three provinces, moving to Ontario and Nova Scotia for three years. Sonja took her Intro to Orff and Kodaly courses in 1993 with Joe Berarducci. She now has her level three Orff certificate and has completed two Orff Masterclasses. Sonja is currently the Past President of the B.C. Chapter of Carl Orff Canada. She recently finished a Masters of Arts Education through SFU. Sonja lives in Vancouver with her husband, daughter and their cat, Fred.


Jake Autio

Jacob Autio, Jake to his friends, began group piano lessons at age 6 in a small music studio in Abbotsford, BC. He vividly remembers practicing and singing “do do do, this is do” while pounding out a scale with his right hand, his left hand, and then hands together. Throughout his school years he continued to study piano and began singing in his school choir and his church’s children’s choir. In his teenage years, Jake started to play the trombone and euphonium in band and he dabbled in his high school choir. In university, Jake focused on music education and euphonium as his passion for singing and choral music was only starting to blossom.

While attending the University of Ottawa, Jake fell in love with conducting and sought out as many opportunities to get in front of a group. He co-conducted a wind ensemble at the University of Birmingham, England, for one year,  founded the University of Ottawa Community Concert band, and was an intern for the Choeur classique de l’Outaouis under Robert Filion. Jake moved back to BC to Victoria where he finished his Bachelor of Education and completed his Masters in Music Performance on the euphonium.  During this time Jake studied Kodály and Orff methodologies and since then has travelled and studied in Western Canada, Hungary, and the United States to obtain his Kodály Certificate.

Jake is the founder and artistic director of the BC Kodály choir ( and is currently the acting president of the BC Kodály Society and a board member of the Kodály Society of Canada (KSC) where he is the editor of Alla Breve, the official publication of the KSC. He has taught elementary music & Kindergarten in public schools in Campbell River, Burnaby, and Surrey school districts and works to create joyful musical experiences with his students.