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Karen Ellis biography
TEACHER, Author and Publisher of Print and Online Media.



The Circle of Trust: There really is a face behind the machine. You have to trust the person because you can’t trust the link.

Karen Ellis
Teacher, Author and Publisher

"Netroots from 1991
before the Websites began!"
Using email since 1993.

The World Wide Web is the system that allows documents and sites to connect via the Internet, and it was born March 12, 1989 [remember]

A woman may be small,
but will accomplish big things
U.S.V.I. West Indian Proverb




Karen Ellis
Education Publisher
of Print and
Online Media

It was August 6, 1991, at a CERN facility in the Swiss Alps, when 36-year-old physicist Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever website. It was, not surprisingly, a pretty basic one — according to CERN: was the address of the world’s first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address centered on information regarding the WWW project. Visitors could learn more about hypertext, technical details for creating their own webpage, and even an explanation on how to search the Web for information. There are no screenshots of this original page and, in any case, changes were made daily to the information available on the page as the WWW project developed. You may find a later copy (1992) on the World Wide Web Consortium website.

She chews her words until they're perfectly transformed into mouth candy that fall out of her mouth like glistening shiney rolling bubbles that when heard seduce the listener into following her Journey Imagine, in 1991 there I was using a modem, bulletin boards and Lynks connection then 300, baud modem, then upgraded to 1200, 2400 bps, 9600 bps, 14.4k, 56 kp, 36.6k,baud, 56k, DSL, and now cable.

I was there and got to watch the first websites came online.

Nov. 3 1992 On the day that Bill Clinton is first elected U.S. president, there are 50 pages on the World Wide Web.

2013 I am now more a product architect and technologist in training, orientation, and focus than anything else.

My work just seamlessly moved from the meatspace playground to the cyberplayground: from publishing offline to publishing online. This was an organic, authentic process, a path that I followed in my life. That's the short story of how I got here.

Guavaberry Books
published the compilation titled "Domino" in 1990 using Pagemaker and a Mac 68000.
Picture of my first computer 1990
(Way back in 1985-86 the Apple IIc starter system cost $1098.00)

My Best Advice


That happens when you are improvising, being in the moment, but in the end you are really only free to pick the structure you want, and to study; because everyone is interdependent, and that is the fact of life. The more you study the structure you've picked to live within, using those boundaries to figure out how to solve something; the more depth of knowledge you will achieve!!

The Best Way
to Sum Me Up


A researcher filmed children romping in a school playground at lunch hour each seemed to be "doing his own thing." When they played it and rolled the film, the two fit perfectly-- for all of the film's four and a half minutes. But there was no music playing in that playground, says the author, "Without knowing it, they were all moving to a beat they generated themselves." music and rhythm are part of what draw us into the larger body of the superorganism.

Careful study showed that the group was moving in synchrony to a silent rhythm
But careful analysis revealed that the group was moving to a unified rhythm. One Little Girl, far more active than the rest, covered the entire schoolyard in her play. Hall and his student realized that without knowing it, she was "the director" and "the orchestrator."

I wear many Hats

I'm a teacher, culture keeper, researcher, thought leader, author, publisher of print and online media, webmistress, web developer, consultuant, lecturer, interdisciplinary curriculum content developer, blogger, tweeter, online publicist, and the overall RingLeader for the Educational CyberPlayGround.

Imagine helping over 2 million people a year since 1998! Which explains why I'm on the net and not in the meatspace classroom.



Orff Schulwerk - click pic to enlarge it.

Karen was the first person in the US to get her Orff Cert From having been taught Orff Schulwerk by Fanabel Kremins as a child.

Fannabell Kremins Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman 1963 class picture. 1963 and 1964 my first Orff Schulwerk teacher in the United States was Mrs. Fanabel Kremens.

RIP 3/1/2015, she was 95 years old.

My 2nd Orff teacher was Tossi Aaron then followed by Canadian Margaret Murray founder of the Orff Society in the UK RIP 1/31/15. You can find both Fanabel and Margaret in the picture above.

Fannabell Kremins had just received her training directly from Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman in the class of 1962 at the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto.
Huge Picture of the 1963 Student Class of Fanabel Kremens, Gunild Keetman and Carl Orff given to me by Fanabel.

This class photo is from the 1962 Music for Children course at the Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto.  The original photo was given to Karen Ellis by her teacher, Fannabell Kremins, who served as her elementary music teacher at the Oak Lane Day School in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 1965 and 1966.  Ellis went on to study Orff Schulwerk at the Royal Conservatory of Music at the Royal Conservatory of Music University of Toronto in in 1970 and 1971.  She completed Level III training with Jos Wuytack in Memphis, Tennessee in 1973. 
She was one of the first children to be taught Orff Schulwerk and then later receive teacher training in the approach. Ellis later taught Orff techniques to her colleagues at Temple University during the summer of 1975.  Barbara Grenoble was also in attendance, but not present for the group photo.
A photo of the first class in 1962 is available in Appendix C.  This was made available through Karen Ellis, a student of Fannabell Kremins, an original participant in 1962.  Kremins served as her teacher at the Oak Lane Day School in Glenside PA in 1965 and 1966.  Ellis was one of the first children to be taught using this method in America who then later went on to be certified in Orff Schulwerk through The Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto and Memphis State University.  She also taught Orff methods in an adjunct capacity at Temple University in the summer of 1975.
From the body of the dissertation (out of the section on the 1962 course in Toronto): Of the 167 taking the full course, 54 were from the United States including Isabel Carley, Sarah Goldstein, Barbara Grenoble,  Ruth Hamm, Fannabell Kremins, B.J. Lahman, Joachim Matthesius, Judith McCoty, Grace Nash, Jacobeth Postl, Candace Ramsey, Miriam Samuelson, Lillian Yaross, and many others from the United States, Canada and throughout the world.
Joani Brandon jlbrandon [at] 2012 Dissertation is on the development of Orff Schulwerk teacher training in the United States (1958-1980).

After watching American Bandstand everyday when I came home in school, I knew I wanted to play the guitar. The problem was that as a little kid the guitar was to big for me. That is why in 1963 I started to study the ukele with George Britton at the Jenkintown Music School who was heavily involved with the Philadelphia Folk Festival, which he helped establish in 1962, and that's how I met my friend Joel Bernstein (Ringleader on this site) who was in my class.

Then down the road both Joel and I would meet Tossi Aaron:
Orff Teacher, Founder of Orff Schulwerk PAOSA chapter, Author, Publisher, Folk singer
and one of the founders of the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1962 along with Kenny Goldstein who was the chair of the Dept. of Foilklore and Folklife at Penn for 20 years.
I KNOW YOU RIDER In the mid-1950s, traditional musician Bob Coltman found the song in the Lomax book, arranged it and began singing it frequently around Philadelphia and New England circa 1957-1960. In 1959 Coltman taught it to Tossi Aaron who recorded it in 1960 for her LP Tossi Sings Folk Songs & Ballads on Prestige International. Joan Baez recorded a version for her 1960 debut album on Vanguard Records but the track was not released until 2001. ( It's a woman's non- blues, first cut on my 1st album, cut in 1961, released in 62)


Tossi Aaron's birthday, so she teaches us a dance: Simi Yadech

Thanks to my friend Anita Medick, wife of Armand Mednick. Tossi also taught Joel Bernstein guitar and when he was in High School, when she took an underage Joel to hear Joni Mitchell at the Main Point which started his career in the music business. It was Tossi who was the one who turned me onto the Orff Schulwerk Teachers Certification Program.
It was in Tossi's class at Abington Friends where she reintroduced me to Orff Schulwerk and that's when I first met John Broomall Pennsylvania Alliance for the Arts RingLeader on this site.

I finished the first 2 years of Orff Schulwerk Teachers Certification Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto in 1970 and 1971, with Traude Schrattenecker, Doreen Hall, Mimi Samualson and completed my last year at Memphis State with Jos Wuytack in 1973.

Traude Schrattenecker danced with the mother of Modern Dance Mary Wigman and taught Karen Ellis.Ms. Traude Schrattenecker was a Dancer. Traude studied and danced with Mary Wigman the Mother and Founder of Modern Dance. Traude was Mary Wigman's protege. Most people have heard of Martha Graham, who brought the movement to the United States and popularized "modern dance".
Ms. Traude Schrattenecker was one of the original creators of the Schulwerk, she developed the movement approach with Orff and Keetman at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria.

I met Traude in 1970 when I attended the University of Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music. She was was my dance teacher and friend, sadly Traude has now passed away.

Doreen Hall studied with Orff and brought the method to Canada and is responsible for implementing this technique throughout the Canadian School System.

Jos Wuytack at Memphis State University and recorder with Mimi Samuelson, through all 3 levels.

I used the Orff Schulwerk technique as a Music Therapist at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, in 1976. At that time I worked with children 3 - 18 years old and their families. The Child Guidance Clinic was nationally renowned for a technique known as "Family Therapy". The father of Family Therapy Dr. Salvador Minuchin brought this technizue to the clinic.



Mary Wigman was born Marie Wiegmann on November 13, 1886, in Hanover, Germany obtained her secondary education at schools in Germany, England, and Switzerland. During a visit to Amsterdam she attended a dance performance by students of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, originator of the system of musical instruction known as eurythmics. The experience instilled in Wigman an awareness of dance as an expression of life. in 1913 to enroll in the summer course given by Rudolf von Laban, whose theories helped pave the way for the modern dance movement. Offshoots of her Dresden Central School were set up all over Germany, and in the United States by Hanya Holm. In addition, educational authorities prescribed her dance training for the public schools. She had become the center of a national movement and was honored officially in the early 1930s by the German government..

In 1920 Mary Wigman opened a school in Dresden, which soon became the focal point of German modern dance. Traude appeared in her dance troupe, which made its first public appearance in 1923..

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