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Graduate Studies

Orff Schulwerk Music Workshop

Bridgewater State University will offer a ten day Orff Schulwerk Workshop for three graduate credits.

The course follows guidelines established by AOSA (American Orff Schulwerk Association). The workshop will be held on the campus of Bridgewater State University during the summer of 2019. Please check back for details. 

LEARN to use and understand the Orff Schulwerk approach. Discover Orff as a process of experiencing exploration, imitation, improvisation, and creation, through movement, speech and music. You don't need a classroom full of Orff instruments to be an Orff-inspired teacher.

EXPERIENCE new activities and ideas to use with your own elementary and/or middle school students.

SHARE ideas that work in the classroom with other experienced teachers and with trained Orff instructors.

UPDATE your knowledge of current music education issues with special topics related to classroom teaching.

ACQUIRE new materials and equipment that will be available through West Music, Coralville, Iowa.

Course Offering

MUSC 558: Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training: Level I (3 credits)
This is a two-week intensive workshop for graduates introducing basic principles and practices of the Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching music. This course incorporates interactive participation in music and movement and develops and applies basic skills in movement, speech, singing and playing instruments. The course follows the guidelines established by American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) for Level I certification.

The Instructors

Orff Schulwerk Level I-III, Master Class, and Endorsed Trainer in Education Through Movement, is currently a music specialist, K-5 at theWolf Swamp Road School, Longmeadow, MA and a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She acquired her Orff Schulwerk certifications from Grace Nash and is an Endorsed Trainer in Phyllis Weikart's Education through Movement. Penny is an active clinician throughout the United States. She has also served as President of the Central Texas Orff Chapter and regional representative to the Board of Trustees of AOSA.

Tom Rice has been the recorder instructor for Orff teacher training courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tarleton State University in Texas and now begins his first year at Bridgewater State College. He has presented workshops on using the Orff process in a standards based setting, integrating music and English language arts, and how to use the Orff process to encourage students to improvise. Most recently, Tom performed on tenor recorder with Stephen Calantropio at the American Orff Schulwerk Association's National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tom graduated in 2002 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and received his Masters Degree in School Administration from Cambridge College in 2008. He has taken Orff levels 1, 2, 3 for certification as well as a master class on elemental music with Stephen Calantropio. Holding certifications in music education and as an elementary principal, he currently teaches general music, chorus, and band for the Natick Public Schools. He resides in Holliston, Massachusetts.

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Call: 508.531.1263