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Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses, Levels I and II

From July 22, 2019 to August 2, 2019 Education Through Music is pleased to be offering Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses to ETM affiliated and non-affiliated music teachers in New York City with the option to take them for college graduate level credit.

Location: P.S. 142, 100 Attorney Street, New York, NY 10002

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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 2019-2020 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 extend the work completed in Level I. Instruction will include the study of pentatonic, diatonic and modal melodies; melodic ostinato, bordun, and shifting chord accompaniments; irregular and changing meters; alto recorder and classroom applications; dance forms and folk dances.

Success completion of Level I is a prerequisite to Level II.

We anticipate the courses filling up very quickly. Please be sure to register early to secure your seat in the course.

Note: You may earn 3 graduate credits through Ashland University or Queens College. You may fill out a registration form on the first day of the Orff course and write a check for the following amounts based on your desired institution. Registration/payment for credits are in addition to the course fees (see below) and will be handled separately.

Ashland University: $600.00

Queens College: $1,579.35

Education Through Music teachers may apply for tuition reimbursement. 

Level 1:
Beth Ann Hepburn (Basic)
Michael Vasquez (Movement)
Ben Torres (Recorder)
Level 2:
Michael Chandler (Basic)
Michael Vasquez (Movement)
Ben Torres (Recorder)


Tuition Information


• Level I: $1,700

• Level II: $1,800


• Level I: $250

• Level II: $300

To receive this pricing you must have been hired by ETM on or before September 15, 2018, and have received the course promotional code from your mentor.


• Level I: $500

• Level II: $600

To receive this pricing you must be a former ETM teacher employed by a school that continues to partner with ETM and have received the course promotional code from ETM Programs staff.

For questions, please contact Education Through Music at

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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

Originally from McKenzie, Tennessee, Michael Chandler taught music and movement to elementary school children in Texas public schools for 16 years, most of them in the Lewisville Independent School District, where he was named Teacher of the Year at two campuses. In 2005, 2007, and 2013 his student ensembles were selected and performed at the annual TMEA Clinic and Convention in San Antonio. Dr. Chandler has presented workshops in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for TMEA, TCDA, AOSA, and numerous state MEA organizations. He has taught in AOSA-approved Orff Schulwerk teacher education courses at Southern Methodist University, the University of Central Arkansas, the Hartt School, Oregon State University, the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), the University of Memphis, and Education Through Music in New York City. He is a past-president of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and served as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. Dr. Chandler was a pianist for the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) for 10 years and the organist and pianist at Round Grove United Church (UCC) in Lewisville for 17 years. He is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday!, an Orff Schulwerk approach to integrating recorder into the general music classroom. His publications have also been featured in Update: Applications of Research in Music EducationThe Orff Echo, and The Southwestern Musician. Dr. Chandler earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee; the Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; the Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from the University of North Texas. Currently, Dr. Chandler is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Music Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Ben Torres

Ben Torres  Ben received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from West Texas A&M University in Canyon.  He completed his Orff Schulwerk training at SMU and teaches movement in the Orff Schulwerk training course at Trinity University in San Antonio, teaches movement and recorder in the Orff Schulwerk course at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, and other courses in the country.  He is the past President of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). As a master teacher, Ben has directed student Orff ensembles and choirs invited to sing at the AOSA National Conference and Texas Music Educators conferences on several occasions. 

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.

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