6835 Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course Level I
Learn the fundamentals of Orff Schulwerk, an active approach to music education. This class will include speech, singing and movement activities, as well as playing recorder, Orff instruments and unpitched percussion. Recorders and texts will be provided. A bachelor's degree in music is required.
Instructors: Jean Hersey, Cynthia Seputis & Brian Burnett
Jean Hersey is a National Board certified teacher at Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest, IL, where she has worked for the past 14 years. She teaches fifth and sixth grade general music. In 2012, she won the district’s Innovative Practice Award for her Spring General Music Show, which incorporated music, art, drama, and social studies curricula, and reflected the Medieval and Renaissance time periods. Hersey is also Level I Pedagogy and Movement instructor at VanderCook College of Music.
Cynthia Seputis has a B.S. in Music Ed from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Music Ed from Northwestern University. She completed all three levels of her Orff training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Cynthia has taught K-5 general music at George B. Carpenter Elementary School in Park Ridge, Illinois for the past twenty-two years. She is a regional presenter and is proud to have been part of the VanderCook Orff team since the program's inception ten years ago.
Brian Burnett teaches elementary music,
K-6, in the Rossford Schools near Toledo, OH. He graduated
from Bowling Green State University with bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in music education. His master’s thesis,
titled “Creativity in the General Music Class,” introduced him
to the Orff approach to music education. Burnett continued
his studies with post-graduate work in Orff-Schulwerk in
Minnesota, and now teaches teacher-education courses and
workshops across the country. His movement directions and
Orff arrangements may be found in Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s “Share the Music” and “Spotlight On Music.” Burnett served on the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as national conference chair for the 2009 Professional Development Conference in Milwaukee,WI.