Sign up for our updates. No spam.

Let's Make Great Music Together

Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant information provided by
Powered by Double the Donation

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses, Levels I and III

From July, 30 to August 10, 2018, 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.

Register for 2018 ETM Orff Courses! Register

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 2018-2019 offerings with AOSA approved Level I and Level III 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. In addition to creating student-friendly compositions in an elemental style, soprano recorder and movement in the Schulwerk classroom will be learned.

Participants in Level III extend the work completed in the earlier two levels. Level III includes arranging/ composition using major/minor and other diatonic modes with appropriate ostinato and harmony-based accompaniments; exploration of alternative tonal and rhythmic structures; group composition in longer forms. Successful completion of Level II is required.

The coursework will be offered at P.S. 43 in the Bronx NY. It is approximately 30 minutes via the 6 train (subway) from Grand Central Terminal. Street parking is available but may be limited due to alternate side of the street parking rules. We anticipate the courses filling up very quickly. Please be sure to register early to secure your seat in the course.


Graduate Credits

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

Queens College: $1,579.35

Education Through Music teachers may apply for tuition reimbursement. 


Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course

Level I, Level III

July 30th – August 10th, 2018  (Mon-Fri)

8:30 – 4:30pm

P.S. 43 X Jonas Bronck

165 Brown Pl

Bronx, NY 10454

Professional Development Hours:  60


Level I

BethAnn Hepburn (Basic)

Michael Vasquez (Movement)

Kristin Smith (Recorder)


Level III

Roger Sams (Basic)

Michael Vasquez (Movement)

Kristin Smith (Recorder)



Tuition Information


• Level I: $1,700

• Level III: $1,900


• Level I: $250

• Level III: $350

To receive this pricing you must have been hired by ETM on or before September 15, 2017, and have received the course promotional code from your mentor.


• Level I: $500

• Level III: $700

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

Register for 2018 ETM Orff Courses! Register


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.

Roger Sams

Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools.  He has served as adjunct faculty teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, national, and international conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers in Canada, China, Indonesia, and India.   He currently serves as Director of Publications and Music Education Consultant at Music is Elementary (  Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life.    He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways:  Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” with BethAnn Hepburn.  He has published works for children’s choirs in the “Crooked River Choral Project” series and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round My Heart.”

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith is the music specialist at Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington, MD. She is active as an elemental music and movement educator and presenter in the region of her home chapter of AOSA, the Middle Atlantic chapter, where she currently serves as chapter treasurer. Her experience includes teaching early childhood and elementary general music, as well as woodwind and choral techniques.

Kristin received her bachelor’s degrees in music education and flute performance from Lebanon Valley College. She completed her Orff Schulwerk certification through the University of the Arts at Villanova University, as well as the Master Class in Orff Schulwerk through George Mason University.

In addition to teaching, Kristin serves on the board of directors for The American Center of Elemental Music and Movement and is an advisory board member and presenter for the Maryland General Music Teachers’ Association of MMEA. She has presented for the national AOSA conference and local workshops, is a published contributor for The Orff Echo, and is an AOSA approved teacher educator for recorder and movement pedagogy.  She is excited to be joining the ETM Orff levels team this summer.

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.

Register for 2018 ETM Orff Courses! Register