Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education: Level III

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Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education: Level III

July 12-23, 2021

Building on the skills acquired in Level II, this course includes arranging / composition using major / minor and other diatonic modes with appropriate ostinato and harmony-based accompaniments. Recorder ensemble experience and group composition in larger forms are also covered. Texts will be provided, but you must bring your own alto recorder (or tenor or bass recorder, if you have them).


David Thaxton

Thaxton,_DavidDavid Thaxton is from Sparks, NV, where he is currently in his 26th year teaching elementary music to pre-K through 6th grade. He studied under Elizabeth Gilpatrick and Judith Cole at Colorado State University, UNC Greeley, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received all three levels of Orff Certification, as well completing an apprenticeship with Kay Lehto at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Thaxton has presented workshops and clinics at local, state and national levels, and presents to Orff chapters throughout the country. As an AOSA-certified teacher-trainer for Levels I, II and III pedagogy and Levels I and II recorder, Thaxton teaches summer courses for the University of Nevada, Reno, the San Diego Summer Orff Course, and is now very excited to join the team at VanderCook School of music for Level III in 2021. He has served as president of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of AOSA, as well as on the editorial boards of The Echo and Reverberations journals of AOSA. He is the current treasurer for the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement, and has been the lead clinician for the Four Corners Young Musicians Camp from 2015-19. Thaxton recently published his new book, Making Tracks: Recorder Explorations, Creations and Improvisations, through Sweet Pipes.

Cynthia Seputis

Seputis,_Cynthia_headshot_2012Cynthia Seputis has taught elementary general music at George B. Carpenter Elementary School in Park Ridge, IL for 27 years. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Northwestern University, she completed her Orff-Schulwerk teacher training levels at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with Jeff Kriske, Randy DeLelles and Shirley McRae. She has been the recorder teacher for the Orff-Schulwerk teacher training course at VanderCook for over 15 years, where she has also co-taught Orff Curriculum and Design and Orff Without Instruments...It Can be Done! Seputis is passionate about the ukulele and is excited to share her experience and knowledge with members of FVAOSA. She is a regional presenter and is proud to have been part of the VanderCook Orff team since the program's inception over 15 years ago.

Ben Torres

Ben_TorresBen 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.

Course Details

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education: Level III

Course Code 6021

David Thaxton, Cynthia Seputis & Ben Torres

July 12–23, 2021

4 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration


Successful completion of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Level II



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