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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

On-Campus

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education: Level I

Date

July 8-July 19, 2024

Course Code

6004B

Credits

4 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,520 is due in full with registration. A $50 Early Bird Discount will be applied until 2/1/24.

Overview

Learn the fundamentals of Orff Schulwerk, an active approach to music education. This course will include speech, singing, and movement activities, as well as playing recorder, Orff instruments, and unpitched percussion.

All Orff Schulwerk Levels are a two-week course that meets Monday through Friday, July 8-12 and Monday through Friday, July 15-19. Classes meet from 8 am-4 pm.

Housing Information

Requirements

Chat Session

Every class will meet from 8:00AM to 4:00PM CST. at De La Salle Institute 3434 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Prerequisites

None

Required Text(s)

Participants will receive books & recorders on the first day of class.

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

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.
Aupperle

Rachel Aupperle

Orff Schulwerk Levels Recorder Instructor

Rachel Aupperle teaches K-12 general music, and choir at Ridgeview CUSD #19, in Central Illinois.  Rachel holds a bachelor of music, master’s in music education, and certification in all three levels of Orff Schulwerk training. She is a Level I, II, and III movement and recorder instructor and has received training in Feierabend FAME Curriculum Certification: Conversational Solfege I and First Steps of Music.

 

Rachel currently serves as President of the Heart of Illinois Orff Chapter and President of the Elementary General Music Division for the Illinois Music Education Association.  She is an active presenter and guest clinician who has presented at local, state, and national conferences.  Mrs. Aupperle strives to share her love of music education with all teachers by providing a welcome, and safe learning environment for all.

Ben Torres

Ben Torres

Orff Schulwerk Levels Coordinator
Orff Schulwerk Levels: Movement Instructor

Ben Torres is in his 12th year in the Richardson (TX) school district 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. Prior to this, he was the K-6 music specialist at Richland Elementary, where he also directed a choir and an Orff ensemble, the latter of which was selected to perform at the 2011 TMEA Convention. Torres received his bachelor’s degree in music education from West Texas A&M University in Canyon. He teaches movement in the Orff Schulwerk training course at Trinity University in San Antonio, movement and recorder in the Orff Schulwerk course at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, and other courses across the country. He is currently the president of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

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