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Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses, Level I and Level II

Course Details

Education Through Music is committed to providing the best professional development for music teachers in the New York City area.  Join us as we kick off our 2017-2018 offerings with AOSA approved Level I and Level II coursework.

These offerings are designed to guide practicing music teachers through an exploration and understanding of the teaching & learning process using the Orff Schulwerk approach to music and movement education.

The AOSA curriculum for level I Pedagogy skills for teaching Orff Schulwerk will be explored and discussed through the use of Music for Children, Murray Volume I and pentatonic folk song material, movement and recorder. Level I teachers will actively learn to use speech, rhymes, poetry, playing pitched and unpitched percussion as well as singing, playing and improvising in pentatonic for creating an active music curriculum. Soprano recorder and movement in the Schulwerk classroom will be learned, in addition to creating student-friendly compositions in an elemental style.

Participants in level II will continue learning to improvise, compose, and teach musical materials representing the elemental style including the pentatonic modes, hexatonic scale, and diatonic modes. Level II will continue developing movement and recorder skills with the addition of the alto recorder and will work with folk materials as well as selections from Music for Children Volumes I, II, and IV (Murray edition).

The coursework will be offered at P.S. 343Q in Sunnyside, Queens.  It is approximately 15 minutes via the 7 train (subway) from midtown Manhattan.  Parking is free on the street, and there is meter parking about 1 block away where you can park for 4-8 hours.  We anticipate the courses filling up very quickly.  Please be sure to register early to secure your seat in the course.

For questions, please contact Education Through Music at

Level I

BethAnn Hepburn (Basic)

Michael Vasquez (Movement)

Ben Torres (Recorder)

Level II

Michael Chandler (Basic)

Michael Vasquez (Movement)

Ben Torres (Recorder)


Pricing and registration information will be available and posted the week of March 20-24, 2017.

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BethAnn Hepburn

BethAnn Hepburn is an endorsed teacher education instructor for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is on faculty for orff certification courses throughout the United States. BethAnn is a frequent presenter for Orff chapters and State MEAs, and has trained teachers in China, Scotland, Singapore, and India. She teaches 4th-6th graders at Henry Defer Intermediate School in Streetsboro, Ohio where she holds the distinction of Master Teacher from the Ohio Department of Education. She is the past PD chair for AOSA, and current PD chair for General Music for OMEA. BethAnn is on the Board of Trustees for the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. She is the co-author of Purposeful Pathways, Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom Books I-III.

Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler taught music in Texas public schools for 16 years, where he was named Teacher of the Year at two elementary campuses in the Lewisville Independent School District. Michael has presented workshops and professional development sessions in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for chapters of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), school districts, and state music educator associations. He has taught in Orff Schulwerk teacher educator courses at six universities and served as president of the North Texas Chapter of AOSA as well as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. Michael is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday, an Orff Schulwerk approach to integrating recorder into the music classroom. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in music education at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Ben Torres

Ben Torres teaches K-6 general music at Brentfield Elementary in Dallas, TX. Both his choral and Orff ensembles have been selected to perform at Texas MEA conventions. Ben received his bachelor’s degree in music from West Texas A&M University in Canyon and his Orff training at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is a certified AOSA teacher educators in movement and recorder, is the movement instructor in the Orff courses at Trinity University in San Antonio and VanderCook Music College in Chicago. Ben presents workshops for Orff chapters and school districts across the country and has been chosen as teacher of the year by his fellow teachers.

Michael Vasquez

Michael Vasquez teaches in San Antonio, Texas with a degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He is a certified AOSA instructor in movement and recorder and has presented for different universities and state conventions across the nation.  He has been recognized as the NISD educator of the year in two consecutive years and was named the ACEMM Spotlight Award winner in 2014.  He is also trained in Dalcroze Eurhythmics.