Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 and Level 3 Training

The University of Mary is pleased to offer Level 1 and Level 3 Orff Training June 4-15, 2018. 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 1 Pedagogy by Drue Bullington

    Drue BullingtonDrue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown and J.E. Fritz Elementary Schools at Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Drue has a rich and varied background in the pedagogy of the Orff Schulwerk Approach, as well as a conductor of children’s choral music, private studio instructor and professional choral singer. He is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania having received a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. He has done extensive post graduate study as well through masterclasses and an apprenticeship program at George Mason University. In 2017, Bullington will complete his second masters degree in Online Teaching and Learning at Wilkes University.

    Drue currently serves on the executive board as secretary of the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement.

    Drue has taught at the graduate level in several Orff Schulwerk Certification programs around the U.S. and offers numerous professional development and workshop sessions on elemental music and movement through the Orff Schulwerk approach incorporating technology, and integrating the soprano ukulele into the K-12 music classroom. He lives with his wife in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

  2. Level 3 Pedagogy by Rob Amchin

    Rob AmchinDr. Robert Amchin is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Education and the Professor of the Music Education at the University of Louisville School of Music.

    Dr. Amchin’s training includes being part of the Special Course for English Speaking students at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), teacher training courses at New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan. He was an elementary music specialist in Spring, Texas and still works with children in the Kentucky area as an artist-in-residence guest music teacher. His presentations include Orff process, folk dancing, drumming, world music, creative musicianship, recorder, and integrated arts projects.

    Amchin has taught Orff teacher-training courses, master classes, and workshops at local, state and national music education events throughout his career. As an internationally recognized Orff teacher, he has taught in China and Russia for several years, Austria, Israel, Poland, Finland, Singapore, and Canada. He has presented at numerous American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) national conferences. He as presented workshops for local Orff chapters throughout the United States and various state music education conferences. He was the AOSA National Conference co-chair in 2003 and was a contributing editor to AOSA’s journal, Reverberations.

    In Kentucky, Dr. Amchin has been an active music educator. He serves on the board of the Kentucky Orff Schulwerk Association and is an active member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA).

    Dr. Amchin has contributed to various publications and projects related to music teaching and learning. He has published many collections of compositions and arrangements for Orff and recorder ensembles. A recent publications are Modal Mosaic, published by Beaten Path Publications and Shalom Chaveirim: A Celebration of Jewish Hebrew Music for Voices and Orff Ensemble, published as a supplement to the American Edition to the Orff Schulwerk (Schott).

  3. Recorder by Joan Eckroth Riley 

    Michael Vasquez, Movement and Recorder InstructorJoan Eckroth-Riley teaches general music at Sunrise Elementary in Bismarck, ND. She is the author of the Alfred Music publication, "EveryDay Improvisions; Interactive Lessons for the General Music Classroom," and a contributing author to a NAfME sponsored book on the new Core Music Standards. In over thirty years of teaching, Joan has shared the joys of making music with general music and band students ranging in age from kindergarten through college-aged students. In addition to her teaching duties, Joan accompanies the Central Dakota Children's Choir, is a frequent workshop presenter on Standards and the Orff process and is a JW Pepper Clinician. Joan received her M.A. in music education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas where she received all her Orff levels, Kodaly and Dalcroze training. In 2016 Joan was honored to be named the ND Music Educator of the Year.

  4. Movement by Elain Larson

    Elain Larson

    Elaine Larson recently retired from her position as the Elementary Music and Integrated Arts Specialist at the Kaleidoscope School for Arts and Science in Kenai, a school that she helped to found. Her teaching career spans over 30 years and she has experience teaching every level.

    A recognized expert in Orff Schulwerk, Elaine has presented numerous workshops and courses in Alaska, as well as on the national level.  Her list of credits includes presentations at national American Orff-Schulwerk Association conferences, local Orff chapters, University of Alaska, Dearborn, Michigan public schools, Tennessee Arts Academy, University of St. Thomas, George Mason University, and Hong Kong Orff Schulwerk Association. Elaine has served on the National Board of Trustees for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in addition to other AOSA committees.

    Elaine resides in Kenai, Alaska, where she continues to write and teach.  Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, reading and playing with her grandson.


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