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Fall 2020 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Playful Pedagogy I: Beginning with Process Teaching


September 21-December 13, 2020

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


Tired of relying on pre-made lesson plans? Want to take your own lesson building skills a bit further? In this course, we’ll unpack the role of play and process in Orff Schulwerk, experience and synthesize exemplary music lessons, and prepare ourselves for building our own unique and student-driven lessons.

Whether teaching online or in a face-to-face teaching environment, music teachers have the opportunity to explore the creative arts of music and movement with children. This course is an invitation to discover the possibilities of Orff Schulwerk, an engaging and playful approach to becoming a more creative and collaborative music-maker. We can build these skills together and they can be implemented when instructing students in the future online or face-to-face environments. Drue Bullington and Matthew Stensrud, two seasoned Orff Schulwerk teacher educators, will help get you started and guide you to design creative lessons with confidence.


Chat Session

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. CST (synchronous Zoom meetings)



Required Text(s)

Orff Schulwerk Handbook:
Principles of Elemental Music
and Movement Pedagogy

by Emine Yapriak Kotzian
(Schott Music)

Software/Hardware Requirements

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

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit 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

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).


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