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Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course, Level I

Course Description

Come join the Education Through Music Family!  This two-week professional development course is 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 in an AOSA approved level one course.   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.  The course 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 course 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

Course Details

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course, Level I
August 1-12th, 2016 / Monday – Friday
8:30 – 4:30pm
Professional Development Hours:  60
Non-ETM Affiliated Music Teachers
Non-Credit:  1300.00 including all books/recorder/course fees
Credit: (includes books/recorder/ 3 graduate credits from Ashland University) $1900.00
DOE-Employed Music Teachers affiliated with ETM
Non-Credit:  $75.00 to pay for books, course is free to them
Credit:  $600.00 Course Fee (includes books/recorder/ 3 graduate credits from Ashland University)
ETM-Employed MusicTeachers
Non-Credit:  Free (includes books/recorders)
Credit:  $600.00 Course Fee (includes books/recorder/3 graduate credits from Ashland University)

Course Location:
P.S. 343Q
45-45 42nd Street
Sunnyside, NY  11104

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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 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.