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Late Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Introduction to Orff Schulwerk

Date

March 28-May 2, 2024

Course Code

7604a

Credits

2 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$750 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until January 14.

Overview

Experience an introduction to Orff Schulwerk, an active approach to music education. Lesson ideas and materials will be shared that can be easily taken directly into participants’ classrooms and used with current students. This course will feature experiences with the media of Orff Schulwerk including rhythmic speech, singing, folk dance, and creative movement activities, as well as playing recorder, Orff instruments, and unpitched percussion.

Requirements

Chat Session

Thursday Evenings from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Eastern Time

Prerequisites

None.

Required Text(s)

See syllabus.

Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

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Drue Bullington

Orff Schulwerk Level II Instructor

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.

Drue teaches 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 serves as President of the Board of Directors of the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. He is also an editor on the American Orff Schulwerk Association’s Reverberations Publication Committee. Drue and lives in Lititz, PA. He enjoys an active life filled with traveling, culinary adventures, and volunteering in his community.

Christine Ballenger

Christine Ballenger

Orff Schulwerk Level I Pedagogy
Christine Ballenger currently teaches general music (PK-5) in Gaithersburg, MD. She holds degrees in music education from the University of New Mexico (M.M.) and the University of Puget Sound (B.M.). Christine teaches basic pedagogy, recorder, and movement in several different AOSA-approved teacher education courses and has served as a member of the editorial board of The Orff Echo since 2017. She has presented at AOSA National Professional Development Conferences, as well as for workshops for AOSA chapters and school districts across the country. Christine has also had training in Kodaly and World Music Drumming, and completed the “International Summer Course” in 2018 at the Orff Institute, in Salzburg, Austria.
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