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 & Ben Torres
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.
Ben Torres is in his 12th year in Richardson ISD and his fourth year as the K-6 music specialist at Brentfield Elementary in Dallas where he also directs the Brentfield Singers, the Rhythm Cats Orff Ensemble and serves as the JJ Pearce Area Team Leader. The Brentfield Singers was selected as an Invited Elementary Choir and performed at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in 2014. The Rhythm Cats have been invited to perform at the 2016 TMEA Convention. Prior to this, he was the K-6 music specialist at Richland Elementary where he also directed a choir and Orff ensemble, which was selected to perform at the 2011 TMEA Convention, and served as the Berkner Area Team Leader. 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 currently the President of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA).
6856 Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course Level I
Dates: July 10-14 & July 17-21
Graduate Credits: 4
Tuition: $1,045, due in full with registration
Location: VCM - Herman Hall
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Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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