The AOSA Research Grant encourages research in varied applications of Orff Schulwerk, promoting the Orff Schulwerk philosophy and process. Grant recipients are asked to share their research findings with AOSA at the conclusion of the study through a presentation at an AOSA Professional Development Conference and a submission of a summary article for consideration to the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo. The researcher may submit the full study to any other professional journal for publication. Documentation of research findings will be made available through the Isabel McNeill Carley Library. One-of-a-kind research materials, letters, and the archives of AOSA comprise this wonderful library housed in the Sibley Library at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.


  • To encourage and support research related to Orff Schulwerk’s Research Initiatives. (See description on the AOSA Research Web site,
  • To make sponsored research available through AOSA’s Isabel McNeill Carley Library


  • Grant requests up to $8,000 will be considered
  • Available for individual or university partnership grants
  • Partial funding may be granted
  • Grant award funds not accepted in the year allocated will go back to the AOSA Research funds
  • Itemized budget, as outlined by university procedures, is REQUIRED-(see Section 3.2 of application form)

REQUIREMENTS (see application)

  • AOSA National Membership (must have been an AOSA member for one year prior to grant application)
  • Applicant Information
  • Résumé reflecting knowledge/expertise in Orff Schulwerk
  • Letter of reference
  • Completed Research Proposal


  • Submission Dates: January 15
  • Notification Dates: April 1


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