Playful Pedagogy II: Growing into Your Creative Process


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Playful Pedagogy II:
Growing into Your Creative Process

June 8–July 31, 2020

Online or in person, an engaging and playful learning experience through music and movement can be created and shared with your students. Drue Bullington and Matthew Stensrud, two seasoned Orff Schulwerk teacher educators, will guide you to new creative heights through Playful Pedagogy II.

Are you curious about designing more innovative and creative lessons through Orff Schulwerk? Do you have some experience in Orff Schulwerk but find yourself wanting to take your own lesson-building capabilities further? In this course, we’ll connect the role of play and process teaching in the Schulwerk to the online learning environment. We’ll deepen understandings of foundational aspects of Orff Schulwerk, and explore models that both illustrate those foundations and serve to elevate the human and artistic aspects of music making for young learners and their teachers. Join this course to discover multiple pathways for lesson focus, and craft multiple play- and process-based lessons ready for the classroom.


Drue Bullington

Bullington,_Drue_headshotDrue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown Elementary School in the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Bullington is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in music education and a MM in music education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. Bullington 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. He has also participated in advanced Orff Schulwerk studies and an apprenticeship program in Orff Schulwerk at George Mason University. Bullington has taught 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. He also serves on the AOSA Reverberations Publication Committee, and as President of the Board of Directors of the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement.

Matthew Stensrud

Stensrud,_Matthew_headshotMatthew Stensrud (MM, George Mason University; BM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed music and movement teacher. He currently teaches preschool through 4th grade general music and movement at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013 and is an Orff Schulwerk Certified Teacher Educator of Movement, currently teaching at the Portland Orff Course in Portland, OR. Stendrud serves on the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo, the quarterly scholarly publication of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and as President of the Middle Atlantic Orff chapter. He is also a Key Content Contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas. He was recognized with his school's Teacher of the Year award in 2017 and with the Spotlight Award by the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in Summer 2017. You can find him on social media @MisterSOrff on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on his YouTube page, or at

Course Details

 Playful Pedagogy II:
Growing into Your
Creative Process

Course Code 6450

Drue Bullington & Matthew Stensrud

June 8–July 31, 2020

3 Graduate Credits

$1,050, due in full with registration

Online Chat Sessions
Weekly Zoom sessions; first Zoom
session: June 9, 2:00 p.m.

Successful completion of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Level I.

Required Text(s)
Orff Schulwerk Music for Children Volume I, Margaret Murray Edition (Schott Music)

Elementaria: First Acquaintance with Orff-Schulwerk by Gunild Keetman (Schott Music)

Required Materials



MECA Online Course Details
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Summer 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 8. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, visit to login. On the morning of June 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times while others have a flexible meeting schedule; please check individual course descriptions and details. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If you are unable to attend the scheduled live meeting time, please consult your instructor to make alternative arrangements.

You'll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You'll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

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