Orff Levels I and II Training

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled for 2020. Please watch this site for 2021 dates.

The University of Mary is pleased to offer Levels I and II Orff Training. The training is approved by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is sponsored by the University of Mary Music Department and Prairie Winds Orff Chapter.

The Training includes the following:

  1. Level I Pedagogy by Elaine Larson

    Elaine Larson

    Elaine Larson returns to the University of Mary this summer as the Level I basic teacher.   Her professional career spans more than thirty-five years in music education with students ranging in ages from preschool to adults.   She has taught Level I basic pedagogy, movement, and special interest courses in numerous teacher education programs, including the University of Alaska, George Mason University, Dearborn Public Schools, and the University of St. Thomas. She has also presented at numerous AOSA conferences, chapter workshops, and internationally for the Hong Kong Orff Association.  Her special interest is in integrated curriculum, which led her to co-found Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science in 2004.  Elaine has served as the AOSA Region I Representative in addition to other AOSA committees.  She resides in Kenai, Alaska, where she continues to write and present in the area of integrated curriculum.  Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, reading, and playing with her three grandsons.

  2. Level II Pedagogy by Donna Fleetwood

    Donna Fleetwood

    Donna Fleetwood is the former Director of the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program at George Mason University where she taught Levels I and II. She has also taught Basic Ensemble and Movement in Orff Certification courses throughout the U.S. in Utah, Florida, Massachusetts and South Carolina.

    Donna has taught music and movement at the Bilingual Montessori School of Paris, the Oak Knoll School in New Jersey, St. Albans School for Boys in D.C., and 23 years in the public schools of Prince William County, VA.

    She has been an American Orff-Schulwerk Association national conference and chapter presenter, has given sessions internationally in Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Scotland and France and completed studies in the Special Course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Serving nationally on AOSA’s Board of Trustees, she also has chaired several AOSA Committees. Currently she works with the Basic Teacher Education Review Panel. Locally, she served as president of the Middle Atlantic Chapter, AOSA.

    Donna currently resides in Central Virginia.

  3. Michael Vasquez - Movement Instructor

    Michael Vasquez

    Michael Vasquez currently teaches at Charles L. Kuentz Jr. Elementary in Northside Independent School District and presents across the country on Orff Schulwerk process and pedagogy. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received his BA in EC-12 Music Studies and his MM in Music Education. Mr. Vasquez completed Levels I, II and III of Orff-Schulwerk certification from Trinity University. Mr. Vasquez has been featured as an invited clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Ohio Music Educators Association.  Vasquez is also trained in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and teaches movement and recorder at various Orff Schulwerk levels courses over the summer. 

  4. Joan Eckroth-Riley – Recorder Instructor

    Joan Eckroth-Riley

    For over 35 years Joan Eckroth-Riley has been sharing her passion for music education with students ranging in age from kindergarten through college.  She currently shares the joy of making music with students at Murray State University in KY as Coordinator of music education.  Joan is the author of “Everyday Improvisation; Interactive Lessons for the General Music Classroom” & “Everyday Composition; Interactive Lessons for the General Music Classroom” published by Alfred, and a contributing author to “Kaleidescope,” lessons on the new Core Music Standards sponsored by NAfME.  In addition to her teaching duties, Joan is a frequent workshop presenter on Standards and assessments for elementary music, is a certified recorder and movement instructor for Orff Schulwerk courses, and serves as a clinician for JW Pepper & Alfred Music companies. Joan holds an MA in Music Education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She is the president of the newly formed Quad State Orff Chapter, a Past-President of the North Dakota Music Educator’s Association and Prairie Winds Orff, and was honored to be named the 2016 ND Music Educator of the Year.

For more information, please contact [email protected].
The University of Mary reserves the right to cancel the event if minimum registrations are not met.