Teaching With Orff supports Music & Movement Educators to develop the highest and best expression of themselves as artists, as teachers, as humans.
Brian Burnett taught elemental music & movement, K-6 near Toledo, Ohio. Brian now presents professional development courses and workshops across the country. His work has been published in Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s Share the Music and Spotlight On Music. He serves on the conference committee for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Lissa taught general music in a suburb of Cincinnati. Lissa currently teaches Pre-K - 6 in at a Montessori school in Northern Kentucky. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Children's Choir and has served on the American Orff-Schulwerk National Board of Trustees. Lissa presents Orff-Schulwerk workshops and classes for teachers and children.
Michelle is a speaker, coach, and entrepreneur. As the CEO and owner of MMB Music and Teaching With Orff, she leads a heart-centered team dedicated to serving educators worldwide. She received her Master of Music degree in violin performance from Duquesne University, and her Executive MBA degree from Washington University’s Olin School of Business in 2009. After creating Teaching With Orff, she soon realized that the Orff Approach is more than a teaching method; it is a paradigm that extends beyond the classroom. She has applied this philosophy of integrating the body and the mind to experience true transformation in her own life, and now brings this to others through workshops that utilize music and movement to foster cognitive shifts.
BethAnn Hepburn teaches 4th-6th graders at Henry Defer Intermediate School in Streetsboro, Ohio. She is an instructor for Orff Schulwerk courses and a frequent presenter for AOSA and orff chapters throughout the United States, and provides workshops internationally. BethAnn has served on the AOSA National Board, and on the General Music Committee for the Ohio Music Education Association. Roger Sams has been an Orff-Schulwerk teacher, clinician and teacher trainer for over twenty years. He has presented at state, regional and national conferences, has taught in teacher training courses throughout the country, and has served on the National Board of Trustees of AOSA. He is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and his current passion is supporting personal and spiritual growth through the arts.
Justin Caithaml teaches 7-12 Choral Music at Midview Local Schools in Lorain County, Ohio. He completed his Orff-Schulwerk Certification at Baldwin Wallace University, Villanova University, and University of the Arts. Caithaml recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baldwin Wallace University, and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of SMART360, an organization dedicated to strengthening elementary students' reading fluency, social skills, and cultural diversity through a creative musical experience. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the American Choral Directors Association.
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Mary Lou Richardson taught elemental music and movement, K-6, for thirty-three years. She served as president of St. Louis AOSA, completed level and master Orff classes and presented at both the 1978 and 2012 St. Louis AOSA conferences, as well as in Cincinnati in 2001. In the fall of 1999 she became teacher/facilitator of an Orff class for senior adults, which she continues to this day. The past years have been filled with pits and pratfalls as well as laughter and joyous music-making.
Brian D. Crisp has been working with families in education and parenting for 20 years. An internationally recognized educator, he has studied educational models in the U.S., Berlin, Germany, and the accolade-winning municipal schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Erin Clevenger has been teaching K-5 music in University City, Missouri since 2011, has completed Orff Levels I and II, and is active in the St. Louis Orff chapter. Before that Erin had a variety of professional experiences, including substitute teaching for a variety of grade levels and subject areas, teaching general music to fifth and sixth graders, working with teenagers with developmental disabilities, and teaching English at summer camps in Italy. Erin attended Truman State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice and Master of Arts in Education.
Marjie Van Gunten retired after 40 years of teaching music from early childhood through college level and is currently the AOSA Communications Coordinator. She has served on The Orff Echo editorial board, presents workshops on composition and improvisation and leads summer institutes on arts integration. Her training includes bachelor and masters degrees in music and post-Level III Orff Schulwerk training.
Teaching With Orff supports Music & Movement Educators to develop the highest and best expression of themselves as artists, as teachers, as humans.
Amy Fenton is a music and movement teacher for grades 1-5 in Haslett, Michigan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, a BA in Vocal Performance (with a minor in Flute), and Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Music Education. Amy has completed all levels of Orff Schulwerk certification and Master Class. She is a Recorder Teacher Educator for AOSA Levels courses. Amy has served as President of the Mid-Michigan Chapter, as well as Regional Representative on the AOSA NBT, and is currently serving as AOSA Treasurer.
LeslieAnne Bird is a music and movement educator in North Olmsted, Ohio. She teaches general music for grades three to six as well as fifth and sixth grade band and orchestra and choir for grades three to six. She teaches music enrichment classes at the Strings Attached summer program as well as choral enrichment for The Orchestra program at Tri-C on Saturday afternoons. She is Vice president for the Greater Cleveland Orff Chapter and serving as the content curator for the Teaching With Orff community. She earned Orff Certification from Baldwin Wallace University in 2014, and has completed Level One World Music Drumming training.
Alan Purdum is retired from Grand Valley Schools where he taught elementary music, and is the recorder instructor for Orff Schulwerk (Music and Movement Education) teacher-training classes at Baldwin Wallace University. He is the author of Recorder: A Creative Sequence, a manual for teaching recorder to children. Alan recently retired as minister of music at Howland Community Church in Warren, is a member of the Rosewood Consort, and plays bass with the Greenville Symphony and the Alliance Symphony. He participates in community theatre as an actor and musician; and is a freelance bagpiper.
Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied at the University of Pune, India, where she obtained a BS in Mathematics. She was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. She graduated with her second master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Manju is also certified in Orff-Schulwerk, completing her levels at George Mason University, with master classes at University of St. Thomas, and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Manju currently teaches Pre K-4 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She is a SMART certified trainer. She is an Adjunct Professor in Elementary General Music at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. She is on the Diversity Commission of the National American Orff Schulwerk Association and on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She has presented at ISME, AOSA, OAKE, NAfME, MKMEA, IMEA, ILMEA, WMEA, TMEA and other international and national conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, and Technology in Today’s Music Classroom.
Darla Meek serves as Lecturer and Music Education Coordinator at Texas A&M University-Commerce, teaching undergraduate and graduate music classes and supervising student teachers. Prior to this position, she worked as a public school elementary music and movement specialist. Darla earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Dallas Baptist University, and a Master of Music at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is certified in both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk. Darla serves as a national teacher trainer for the American Orff Schulwerk Association in both Level I pedagogy and movement for Orff Levels courses. Darla has published children’s choir curricula for Lifeway Christian Resources and for Celebrating Grace, Inc. She often presents sessions for teachers at conferences and workshops at the district, state, and national levels. Darla is married and has two children, Gregory and Aubrey.
Katie Wardrobe is a music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers. Katie is a qualified teacher (but no, she doesn't currently teach in a school) and she runs hands-on workshops in Australia and overseas. She has presented at more than 50 conferences and other music education events and in 2016 she founded the Midnight Music Community – an online music tech professional development community especially for teachers. Katie's workshops, presentations and online training resources focus on easy ways to incorporate technology – through a range of creative projects – into what you are already doing in your music curriculum.
Victoria Redfearn Cave, M.Ed., graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and received her Masters in Education Leadership from Mary Baldwin College. In 2014, she received the award for the top student in the Graduate Teacher Education Program where she focused her thesis on assessment processes with adolescents. For over 20 years, Victoria has been teaching music, movement and choral studies to children. Victoria has taught primarily in independent schools in Washington, DC and Charlottesville, VA but has also been a choral director at the Levine School of Music and the Kennedy Center's Washington National Opera. Victoria received her Orff training at George Mason University and received a scholarship from the Orff Foundation to study at the Special Course in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to being a faculty member at the Mason Orff training program, she has also trained teachers through the Orff Program at the University of Northern Colorado. Victoria is a national presenter and has written articles for the Orff Echo on creative movement topics for children. She lives in Charlottesville, VA where she is on full faculty at St. Anne’s-Belfield School and is the Artistic Director for Mosaic Children’s Choir. Her special topics of interest include: early childhood, movement with boys in the upper elementary years, visual arts integration, and assessment.
Shannon Pahl is a music and movement educator for K-5 students in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Augustana College, and received both her Master of Music and Master of Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been published in the Orff Echo and has completed all levels of Orff Schulwerk certification.
Tim Purdum teaches K-5 Music in Waterloo, Iowa, and teaches Orff Pedagogy in Level I and II teacher education courses in the summer. He presents workshops and sessions on creativity, sequential planning, and the Orff Process at the local, state, and national level. Tim is the author of Creative Sequence: Teaching Music with Flexibility & Organization, Xylophone & Other Barred Percussion: A Creative Sequence, and Aligning Your Creative Sequence with the Core Music Standards. He has written two apps for music teachers and students, including a lesson planning app and a pocket xylophone app. Tim is the owner of Cedar River Music.
Michael Chandler taught music and movement 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 elementary campuses. In 2005, 2007, and 2013 his student ensembles were featured performers at the TMEA Clinic and Convention in San Antonio. Michael presents workshops and sessions at the local, state, and national level including for TMEA, TCDA, and AOSA. He has taught in Orff Schulwerk certification courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, the Hartt School in Connecticut, Oregon State University, and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He has served as President of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. He is also an accompanist with the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) and the organist and pianist at Round Grove United Church (UCC) in Lewisville. Michael is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday, an Orff Schulwerk approach to integrating recorder into the music classroom. Michael 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; and the Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He is currently working toward the PhD degree in music education at the University of North Texas in Denton.
Holly Walton teaches general music and is an assistant marching band director for the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools. She holds certification in Kodaly and Orff. She is in her 21st year of teaching.
Lisa Sullivan has taught music at Mohawk Trails Elementary in Carmel, IN for 27 years and in 2008, was named Carmel Clay Teacher of the year. Lisa holds a BM from Butler University and a MAE from Ball State University. Lisa published her first teacher resource during the summer of 2014 titled "Playing with Improvisation: Technology with Integrity in the Orff Classroom." Lisa currently serves as the Region VI representative for AOSA and has presented at multiple NAfME, AOSA, and IMEA conferences. Lisa teaches Orff Schulwerk Levels at Anderson University in Anderson, IN and DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Lisa also teaches Orff Curriculum and Orff Technology classes at Anderson University.
Drue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown Elementary School in Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Bullington is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. Drue holds a second master’s degree from Wilkes University in Online Teaching and Learning with an Online Educator’s Certificate of Endorsement from the state of Pennsylvania. He has also participated in advanced Orff Schulwerk studies and an apprenticeship program in Orff Schulwerk at George Mason University. Drue has taught in several Orff Schulwerk Levels Certification programs around the U.S. and offers numerous professional development and workshop sessions on elemental music and movement through the Orff Schulwerk Approach, elemental music and movement applications in the classroom, incorporating technology, and integrating the soprano ukulele into the K-12 music classroom. Drue and his wife, Elise, live in Lititz, PA. They enjoy an active life filled with travelling, culinary adventures and volunteering in their community.
Judith Thompson-Barthwell is a retired music educator of 44 years. She taught general/vocal music, dance, and choir K-12. She has taught in many Orff courses in the U.S., and some in Europe. 2012 Michigan Music Educator of the Year, she has worked on the AOSA Teacher Education Curriculum Ad-Hoc Committee and the Diversity Sub-Committee. She is presently the Director of the Michigan Orff Collage for professional development.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA is an Associate Professor of Music at Adelphi University, is Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of The VoiceCare Network. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for fifteen years and at the collegiate level for thirteen. Georgia is called upon as a conductor for choral festivals, as a clinician for choral workshops & reading sessions, and intermediate grade methodology. She teaches musicianship, conducting, and ensemble in Kodály programs at Indiana University, University of Hawai’i, and James Madison University. She is published by Music Is Elementary (One Accord: Developing Part-Singing Skills in School-Age Musicians; The Crooked River Choral Project) and by Colla Voce (“Es ist ein Ros’ ‘entsprungen” in the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series).
Jim Solomon is the author of eight books, a National Workshop Clinician, and has over 30 years experience teaching public elementary school Music. He Teaches Orff Level I at Eastman School of Music and Rhythmic Training/Percussion Ensemble at George Mason University and Anderson University in summers. Jim has presented at nineteen AOSA National Conferences. National Board Certified 2002. Past Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County, Florida.
Aimee Curtis Pfitzner has taught music for 23 years, 19 in her current position as Lower School Music Director at an independent school in Concord, North Carolina. She recently published two books from Beatin' Path Publications and is the author of http://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com. Aimee served on the board of her local AOSA board, presents workshops for national, state, and local music associations, and volunteers leading community drumming at a local assisted living centers. Her training includes bachelor and master degrees in music and Master's Level Orff Schulwerk training and certification.
Jennifer Shaw teaches K-5 music at Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgevile, OH.After graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia with both bachelor's and master's degrees in music, she earned all three levels if Orff Schulwerk teacher education certification. She is past-president of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, commonly known as ""Chapter One." Ms. Shaw has given presentations on the Schulwerk at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, and Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Her students have performed at Ohio Music Educator's Association's professional development conference in Columbus, OH in 2014.
Peter is a versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artist dedicated to traditional dance, song and storytelling. Peter and his wife and partner Mary Alice Amidon, have been headliners at National OAKE and Orff Schulwerk Conferences, are honored to be members of the AOSA Advocacy Council. They present at many regional Orff and Kodaly weekend workshops throughout the United States. Peter is a co-founder of New England Dancing Masters, publishers of traditional dance materials for children. His choral arrangements are being sung on both sides of the Atlantic.
David Row loves teaching music to kids. A Nebraska native and Midwesterner at heart, David now lives and teaches in the Cherokee County School District outside of Atlanta, GA. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory, completed three levels and a master course in Orff Schulwerk training, and has extensive experience with critical thinking in the arts. David is an active clinician and has presented workshops at state and local conventions across the country. On his blog, MakeMomentsMatter.org, David shares ideas about classroom content, management, lesson plans, critical thinking, and more. Check out his newest adventure by looking in Apple Podcasts for “Make Moments Matter: A Music Education Podcast!”
Marcia Working has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University, elementary self-contained classroom certification from Western Michigan University; and received her Orff certification from Anderson University. She has a Master’s in Education degree from Cornerstone University. She has 30+ years’ experience teaching elementary music before her retirement in 2013. Ms. Working is the director/instructor for the Crescendo Academy of Music Orff Studio in Kalamazoo, MI. She is a Music Teaching Artist for the Aesthetic Education Program in Kalamazoo County. She writes and arranges children’s music, plays clarinet, is an active clinician, presenting workshops in Michigan as well as at the national level.
Dr. Loong, a native Malaysian Chinese, has completed all levels in Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk and is certified in both of these methods. Before coming to the University of Hawaii, Dr. Loong taught music in the public schools of Malaysia and at Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Loong has also presented internationally in Korea, Malaysia, and a series of Early Childhood Music workshops in China. Currently, Dr. Loong serves as Chair of the music education area at the University of Hawai`i, president of the Hawai`i Music Education Association. She also serves on the editorial board of the Orff Echo, Korean Journal of Research in Music Education, a reviewer for the Malaysia Music Journal, and a member of the steering committee of the Alliance for Active Music Making in General Music Teacher Education. She was the past Conference Chair of HMEA and past Chair of the AOSA Research Committee. Dr. Loong is the Director of the Bambini, Stellini and Angeli Ensembles for the Hawaiian Youth Opera Chorus. In 2012, Dr. Loong was awarded as the outstanding music education alumni from the University of Akron where she completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
Elaine Larson recently retired from a career of more than thirty-five years in music education with students ranging in age from preschool to adults. She has taught Level I basic pedagogy and movement in numerous teacher education courses, and has presented at numerous AOSA conferences, chapter workshops, and internationally for the Hong Kong Orff Association. Her special interest is in integrated curriculum, which led her to co-found Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science in 2004. Elaine has served as the AOSA Region I Representative in addition to other AOSA committees. She resides in Kenai, Alaska, where she continues to write and present in the area of integrated curriculum. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, reading and playing with her new grandson.
Mimi Hamilton currently teaches at Willow Oaks Elementary and has taught urban children for 29 years as an Orff Music Specialist in the Memphis City/Shelby County Schools system. National Board Certified in 2010, she has served as co-chair of Memphis Orff All-City Concerts, presented professional development sessions, served as president of the Memphis Chapter, AOSA and as LCC of the Nashville AOSA PD Conference.
CYNDEE GIEBLER lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and completed her master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. She has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional, and national conventions. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom use, children’s chorus, and elementary strings.
The American Center for Elemental Music and Movement is to committed to promoting the artistic and pedagogical possibilities of elemental music and movement. In the belief that all human beings have the capability and need to express themselves through these media, the Center will offer educational programs and performance opportunities for children and adults. The goal of the Center's work is to provide learning opportunities for all ages that center around the intrinsic value of elemental music and movement experienced in an artistically meaningful way. Encouraging and creating opportunities for the study of pedagogical approaches toward facilitating experiences in elemental music and movement within and for a variety of communities is an extension of our main goal. This is accomplished through the creation of programs for educators and community members that explore and develop the skills to perform and create as well as foster the appreciation of elemental music and movement styles. We invite you to explore our growing resources and articles. Add you voice among our supporters! Our programs are expanding, and our impacts are creating positive ripple effects in classrooms across the U.S. and the world.
Steve has been teaching elementary school general music for more than 10 years! He earned a B.S. in music education from Rhode Island College and a M.M. Ed from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to his relentless passion for teaching music, writing curriculum and classroom improvisation, he is an avid performer and composer. Steve is the bass player for famed RI big band, The Nightlife Orchestra, as well as a regular sideman with many jazz and rock groups. He composes progressive jazz fusion music for his quartet, Baba Yaga, as well as many children’s songs for his classroom.
Peggy D. Bennett, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Music Education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a certified mediator and lifecoach. Vicky Suarez, MM, is an Elementary Music Specialist at Prairie Creek Elementary in Richardson, Texas. Dr. Bennett’s Teaching with Vitality: Pathways to Health and Wellness for Teachers and Schools, a gift book for all educators, will be released in October 2017 by Oxford University Press.
Paul Cribari is an Orff Schulwerk teacher in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. There, he teaches kindergarten through fifth grade, conducts the school choir and leads the Advanced Percussion Ensemble. In addition to his work with children Dr. Cribari teaches levels I, II, and III of Orff Schulwerk at Southern Methodist University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the San Francisco International Orff Schulwerk Course.
Jennifer Bailey has twenty-one years experience teaching young children. She has been with Farmington Public Schools for the past seventeen years. Jennifer holds a B.M. in performance from Michigan State University, teacher certification from the University of Houston, and a M.M. Ed. from Temple University. She is an early childhood and elementary general music instructor for the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and is level one certified in Orff-Schulwerk. She is the author of Sing-To-Kids Songbooks and co-author of the Jump Right In Elementary Music Series. Jennifer is a frequent presenter at clinics for regional and state music education and technology conferences.
Dr. Patrick Ware holds degrees from Westfield State University, Radford University and Shenandoah Conservatory. He is and has been an instructor for levels I –III Orff-Schulwerk movement and recorder as well as level I basic pedagogy. Patrick teaches K-5 music in Woodbridge, Virginia, and is published through Beatin’ Path Publications.
Dawn Williams teaches elementary music at King Elementary in Prince William County. She went to Portland State University in Oregon where she earned her Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Education. She is level one certified in Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály. She currently serves as the university liaison for the Middle Atlantic Chapter of AOSA.
Karen Stafford is an elementary music specialist and adjunct professor from Union, Missouri, currently working on her dissertation for her Ph.D. through the University of Kansas. She has all three levels of Orff Schulwerk, Masters level, and Level One Kodaly. Her professional affiliations include NAfME, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (movement and recorder instructor and member of the AOSA advocacy subcommittee), The Organization for American Kodaly Educators, The American Recorder Society, and The National Education Association. Karen has presented clinics and workshops at the local, state, and national levels and has had several articles published in the Orff Echo.
Jason Levy currently teaches at Campus International School in Cleveland, Ohio where he has taught in the Cleveland Metropolitan City Schools for 17 years and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in November 2017. He is a graduate of Heidelberg College, completed his master’s degree at The University of Akron, and received his Orff certification from Southern Methodist University. In addition to teaching elementary/middle school general music and band Mr. Levy also is the director of the Cleveland All City Elementary Choir. When he is not teaching Mr. Levy enjoys singing and traveling with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.
For over 30 years, Joan Eckroth-Riley has been sharing her passion for music education with students ranging in age from kindergarten through college. She currently shares the joy of making music with students in Kindergarten through fifth grade at Sunrise Elementary in Bismarck, ND. Joan is the author of “Everyday Improvisation; Interactive Lessons for the General Music Classroom” published by Alfred, and a contributing author to a book of lessons on the new Core Music Standards sponsored by NAfME. In addition to her teaching duties, Joan is a frequent workshop presenter on Standards and assessments for elementary music, is a certified recorder and movement instructor for Orff Schulwerk courses, and serves as the accompanist for Bel Canto, the elementary choir for CDCC. Joan holds an MA in Music Education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She is a Past-President of the North Dakota Music Educator’s Association and Prairie Winds Orff, and was honored to be named the 2016 ND Music Educator of the Year.
Cameron Moten is an elementary music teacher in Jacksonville Florida. He holds a B.M.E. from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL and has been teaching since January, 2014. In 2017 he founded Elementary GrooveTracks, a source for exciting performance-ready songs for the elementary music classroom. He aims to provide relevant and relatable content for other music educators to help them improve their entire experience as music teachers.
Percussive Play is the first supplement to the Purposeful Pathways core materials, and thus, utilizes the Purposeful Pathways Model, integrating Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály, and eurhythmics. It contains ten active music making lessons for the elementary music classroom. Electronic Visuals are available for this book in three formats: Microsoft® PowerPoint®, SMART Notebook™, and Promethean ActivInspire. The printable manipulatives are available as PDF files. The electronic visuals and printable manipulatives are available to you for free with the purchase of this book.
Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Decorah, IA. He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk. He has served on the OAKE national board, a committee for AOSA, and has held leadership positions in state and regional organizations for both Orff Schulwerk and Kodály. Ellingsen teaches in the Orff Courses in at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the University of Memphis, and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.
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, and national conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers and/or children in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Poland, and Scotland. He currently serves as Director of Publications and Music Education Consultant at Music is Elementary (www.MusicIsElementary.com). 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 Beth Ann 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.”
Betsy Kipperman has taught general music classes and directed children’s choirs since 1998. She has taught early childhood, elementary, and middle school students in public and private schools in Maryland and Virginia. Ms. Kipperman has served on the board of the MAC-AOSA chapter in many capacities and served on AOSA’s National Board of Trustees as one of the Region IV Representatives. She presents workshops for local chapters, national conferences, and teaches Orff Levels I and II. Ms. Kipperman spent the 2010-2011 school year at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria studying Advanced Topics in Music and Movement Education. She currently teaches in Washington D.C.
Meg Tietz teaches K-5 music at Bay Elementary School in Seabrook, TX. Meg completed her Masters Degree with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk at the University of St. Thomas in 2009. She is an active presenter for local and national workshops and conferences and teaches Orff Levels at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Meg is the current president of the Texas Gulf Coast Orff Chapter.
Dr. Christa Kuebel is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Central Arkansas. She specializes her research in music teacher preparation and early childhood music education. Her current work focuses on the role of self-efficacy among preservice music educators. Kuebel has taught choir, band, and general music for students in preschool through junior high in Chicago, Illinois, Shanghai, China, and Warsaw, Poland. She also teaches early childhood music education classes to children three and under. She has published research in Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music Education and Movement Association, Research Studies in Music Education, and Journal of Music Teacher Education.
Allison Cowan is a music educator specializing in the practice of Kodaly and Orff philosophies. She has been teaching in Shaker Heights City Schools in Ohio for 17 years.
Deborah is passionate about music. When listening to it, she feels it. And when not listening to it, she imagines it. When it comes to classical music, Deborah has an extra burst of excitement and creativity. A renowned piece of classical music to her is a mini-musical adventure with storybook characters, lyrics, movement, and improvisation. Classical music to Deborah is anything but music for the mature so she created Fun with Composers – a simple, fun approach to classical music that offers positive learning experiences and inspires students and educators. With her Bachelor of Education and Master Orff level, Deborah spends her days as the creator and author of Fun with Composers, an elementary music specialist with the Surrey School District in British Columbia, designer of the elementary school concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, international workshop clinician, wife, and mother of three young girls. She hopes her Fun with Composers curriculum brings plenty of joy and laughter into your classroom and home.
Carol Huffman has presented workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and China. Carol is past Adjunct Professor at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music, and is past president of AOSA. She is author of Making Music Cooperatively, published by GIA Publications. She is the recent recipient of Outstanding Educator for 2016 from Baldwin Wallace College.
Before becoming a full-time music teacher, Lynn worked as a teaching artist with ARTWORKS, based on the Lincoln Center method of teaching Art Aesthetics in schools. It was with ARTWORKS that she began a focus on Arts Integration in schools. Lynn has taught music in public schools for 13 years. She has had both Orff and Kodaly training. Lynn recently retired from teaching General Music at Aspen Community School in Santa Fe NM. She remains passionate about music education, and is currently continuing to teach music part-time to children privately.
Kate Bright is a music teacher at Lincoln Charter School in York, PA, where she teaches approximately 700 kindergarten through fifth grade students. In 2010, she completed her Orff Schulwerk levels and became a member of three chapters of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. She is past-president of the Greater Baltimore Area Orff Schulwerk Association and the Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association. Kate has presented at Orff chapters across the country, as well as at the AOSA’s national conference. In the 2018-2019 school year, Kate will be presenting at the AOSA national conference in Cincinnati and at the Maryland Music Educator Association state conference. Kate has been awarded the Spotlight Award by the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement, as well as Staff Member of the Year from Lincoln Charter School. An active member of her local folk dance community, Kate serves on the board of the Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association and helps to organize and teach the Harrisburg Folk Dancers, an international folk dance group.
Joshua Block is in his 20th year teaching music and movement at public and private schools. He currently teaches Pre-K through eighth grade music at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix. Joshua is a Past President of AZ Orff and teaches movement classes for Orff-Schulwerk certification courses in Arizona, New Mexico, and San Diego. He has also completed his Kodály certification and is a Past President of Arizona Kodály Teachers Society. He is a past member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association Board of Trustees and has presented sessions at the AOSA National Conference. He is a frequent presenter at Orff Chapters around the country and has presented for the Chinese Orff-Schulwerk Association in Chengdu, Sichuan. Joshua has articles published in Reverberations and the Orff Echo. He is director of the Cadet Choir for the Phoenix Boys Choir and teaches private piano and voice lessons. Joshua has a BS in Music Education from Grand Canyon University and a ME in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. He teaches classes on dance, music, creativity, and imagination at Arizona State University.
Natasha Thurmon teaches K-5 music at Boldt Elementary in the Northside school district. She completed her Orff levels at Trinity University, where she now teaches Recorder. She has presented at various workshops locally and at state conferences, and recently completed an MM at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She will present at the national AOSA conference for the first time this year in Cincinnati.
Musician and writer Walter Bitner is the Director of Education & Community Engagement at the Nashville Symphony. A performing musician since childhood, Walter is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, a master teacher, composer, and conductor. Over the last thirty years he has led a multi-faceted career as an educator and performer. Walter’s K – 12 teaching career spanned public and private schools in several states and included a broad array of music education formats including general music, choir, strings, piano, and music theory, alternative and progressive schools, traditional college preparatory schools, and a public arts magnet high school. He is Conductor Emeritus of Music City Youth Orchestra, which he founded and directed from 2007 – 2012. Walter writes about music and education on his website Off The Podium at walterbitner.com.
Réshanda is an educator of 14 years, clarinetist, wife, and mother to 2 dogs, a bird, and a ferret. In her spare time she hikes in nature, cooks delicious foods, and connects with her loved ones. She also has been spending increasingly more time writing over on her blog about her struggles and triumphs with healthy eating at reshandayates.com.
Valerie Thomforde teaches general music and chorus to elementary and middle school students at Carlisle Public School. She is a past-president of the New England Chapter of AOSA. Valerie has presented in local school districts and at the 2016 AOSA National Conference. Most recently, Valerie did a presentation on Adaptive Piano Techniques at the OHMI Conference on Music and Disability. Valerie was born with an atypical cleft hand and she has been an active member of the Helping Hands Foundation for many years. Her blog on adaptive music can be found at anotherwaytoplay.org.
Lisa Heinrich teaches Kindergarten through Grade 5 music in the Cloverleaf Local Schools. She completed all three levels of teacher education in Orff Schulwerk. She holds bachelor degrees in Music Education and German and a Master of Music degree. Lisa enjoys beatboxing on flute and is the current President of the Cleveland Orff Chapter.
Amanda Matthews is the lower school music teacher at University School, an independent boys school in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Conservatorium of Music, New South Wales, Australia, and an MA from Case Western Reserve University. Her ensemble Flying Mallets has performed at national and state conferences and at Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Amanda has also led workshops in Cleveland, in her hometown of Sydney, and at the International Boys School Conference in London, England. She has completed 3 Orff levels and is a longtime member of the Greater Cleveland Chapter AOSA.
Chelsea McCallum is in her seventh year of teaching at Hathaway Brown School. She is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk Approach and has taken both Level I General Music and Level I Early Childhood Music courses in Music Learning Theory. Chelsea is an AOSA certified recorder levels instructor for levels I-III in Orff-Schulwerk. She has presented sessions through her local AOSA chapter, Hathaway Brown School, and the OMEA and AOSA conferences. She is the Newsletter Chair for the Greater Cleveland Chapter of American Orff-Schulwerk and is a member of the American Recorder Society.
Robert Amchin is distinguished teaching professor of the music education and concentration coordinator for music education at the University of Louisville. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes and supervises student teachers at U of L. Amchin studied at the Orff Institute, N.E. Conservatory, Memphis State, and the University of Michigan. He also taught at the elementary school level in Spring, Texas. Dr. Amchin composes and arranges music for recorder and general music classes. A sought-after clinician, he has presented at many AOSA conferences and workshops around the world. His many presentations have taken him to lead sessions in the US, Russia,Georgia, Poland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Austria, China, Canada, and Israel.
Megann Sala is a music education graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Since her time in school, she has been a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She is currently a director for the Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus, a community children’s chorus located in Honolulu. She is also a board member of the ACDA Hawaiʻi Chapter and the President of the Hawaii Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Minhee Kim is a music teacher and pianist from Korea. She was raised in Seoul where she spent her school years. After graduating from college, she traveled to many countries and was intrigued with unique and cultural environment of Hawai'i. She moved to Hawai'i in 2013 and received her Master’s degree in Music and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Music Education from theUniversity of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Daniel teaches PK-5 music at Noble Elementary in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He completed Orff Level I training in 2019 and intends to complete levels II and III in the coming years. Daniel holds degrees from the University of Washington (BM/BME) and VanderCook College of Music (MMEd). He lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife Sarah and his daughter Margot.