Learn the fundamentals of Orff Schulwerk, an active approach to music education. This class will include speech, singing and movement activities, as well as playing recorder, Orff instruments and unpitched percussion. Recorders and texts will be provided. A bachelor's degree in music is required. 

Instructors: Jean Hersey, Cynthia Seputis & Ben Torres 

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Jean Hersey is a National Board certified teacher at Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest, IL, where she has worked for over 15 years, teaching fifth and sixth grade general music. In 2012, she won the district’s Innovative Practice Award for her Spring General Music Show, which incorporated music, art, drama and social studies curricula, reflecting the Medieval and Renaissance time periods.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cynthia Seputis has a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in music education from Northwestern University. She completed all three levels of her Orff training at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Seputis has taught K-5 general music at George B. Carpenter Elementary School in Park Ridge, IL, for the past 22 years. She is a regional presenter and is proud to have been part of the VanderCook Orff team since the program's inception over ten years ago.

 
 
 
 

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Ben 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.

 

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288