Playful Pedagogy I: Beginning with Process Teaching


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Playful Pedagogy I:
Beginning with Process Teaching

September 21–December 13, 2020

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.


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 I:
Beginning with Process Teaching

Course Code 6690

Drue Bullington
& Matthew Stensrud

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Online Chat Sessions
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)

Students are responsible for purchasing all required texts and materials. VanderCook will not have any course materials available for purchase.

Required Materials



MECA Online Course Details
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Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. 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, simply visit to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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.

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!

Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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