6837 Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom

Explore the artful integration of Orff Schulwerk, Kodály and eurhythmics to create a classroom environment that fosters developing appropriate musical skills and concepts. An emphasis will be placed on balancing the aesthetic experience with cognitive understanding using structures for student-created works of art through composition and improvisation. Teachers enrolled in this course will create their own lessons based on the Purposeful Pathways model and leave with a collection of new lessons created by all members of the class.  

Instructor: Roger Sams

Roger_Sams_(guitar)Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music. He has been an active clinician and Orff instructor for over two decades and has taught in China, India, Indonesia, Scotland, Canada, South Korea, Poland, and throughout the US. Roger is trained in Gestalt therapy and is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process and in life. He is co-author of "Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Room” and the composer of several choral octavos published in the Crooked River Choral Project series and a book of rounds and partner songs titled, "A Round My Heart." He is currently Director of Publications at Music Is Elementary.


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6837 Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom

Dates: July 5-7
Graduate Credits: 2
Tuition: $660, due in full with registration
Location: VCM - Room TBD
Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Discounts Do Not Apply

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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