Background & Presentation Experience

Jim Tinter is a composer, clinician, publisher and retired public school music educator from Medina, Ohio. He has presented dozens of workshops throughout the U.S. for The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The American Orff-Schulwerk Association, The American Recorder Society, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and in Taiwan for Orff Music World. His publications have received rave reviews from the national periodicals, American Recorder, and TheJazz Education Journal, as well as from teachers and students around the country and abroad.


Jim’s dynamic, interactive workshops incorporate moving, singing, and playing instruments such as recorders, Boomwhackers®, and Orff instruments, in addition to inspiring and entertaining, multi-media presentations with audio and video clips of his students in action.

Enhancing the workshops include the use of specially written compositions incorporating movement, Boomwhackers®, Orff instruments, and recorders, and are designed to simplify the improvisation process as well as rejuvenate a music program. In addition, the publications are supported by many free web-based materials enabling a teacher to extend contact minutes by providing students with free resources with which to continue their personal involvement with music making after leaving the classroom. Currently, his publications include: A Minor Melody, Big Mouth Blues, B-A-G Bossa Nova, Jingle Bells in 10 Flavors, and VFX.

Jazz & Improvisation

Several years ago, Jim figured out a way to combine Orff process with Jamey Aebersold’s traditional approach to playing jazz and invented a new process he calls “AeberOrff.” It means, “an easy, safe and friendly authentic jazz experience for children and adults.” During his teaching career, he had some of his students so excited about playing recorders that one group of girls brought their recorders to a sleepover so they could learn songs and improvise!


As a photographer, Jim spent over 25 years photographing weddings, portraits, and special events, and now enjoys travel and people photography. For five years, he served The American Orff-Schulwerk Association as the official national conference photographer. He has had the opportunity to travel to and photograph places such as Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and many of America’s national parks.

Other Interests

Some of Jim’s other interests include: mountain biking, hiking, reading by the wood stove, composing music, playing guitar, driving his Miata convertible on winding country roads while listening to Michael Buble, attending events at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, swimming, bonfires in the backyard, attending concerts, riding his Polaris Ranger ATV through the woods, drinking tea, cutting and splitting firewood, and spending time with his wife of over 37 years, along with his four sons and their families, including 5+ grandchildren.

Weight Loss

One recent and exciting change in Jim’s life has been losing over 25 pounds with an optimum health program called Take Shape for Life. In addition to progressing toward his eventual healthy weight, he has begun to implement Habits of Health such as eating more raw vegetables, avoiding unhealthy foods, and moderate exercise. As a result, he has more energy, better sleep, no depression, and is feeling better than he has in over 30 years! Learn more at: