Session IV Courses & Orff

Note that this is the 2011 Course List - still provided here for reference.   While some of these courses may be offered again in 2012, this is not the course list or schedule for Summer 2012.

July 11-15, 2011

681 - Basic Skills in Music Technology: Instructional Software, Communications, and Digital Media  TI:ME 1B
(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)

This course is designed for the teacher who has little or no experience using technology and/or is interested in completing half of the requirements for TI:ME Level One certification. The course will cover basic skills in using computer-aided instructional software, configuring and using computers on networks and the Internet, and the basics of using digital media in K-12 education. Participants will explore many ways to incorporate these tools into the curriculum. The course will be taught in a hands-on environment using Macintosh computers and Korg electronic keyboards. All applications used can be applied to most music computing lab environments. Software used is compatible with Macintosh and Windows PC's. Satisfactory participation in class activities and successful completion of several projects is required. This course fulfills one half of the TI:ME Level One certification requirement. One person per computer station, 16 students maximum. Prerequisite:  none.

Instructor - Floyd Richmond - Professor, Valley Forge Christian College, TI:ME Certified Instructor

632-B - Band Instrument Repair Level 1
(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)

Knowledge of instrument repair can stretch your budget dollars.  Learn how to fix those little problems yourself. Replace springs, loosen stuck slides and even do some dent work.  Preventive maintenance and emergency repairs can save time and money. Bring a variety of school instruments for repair or use the instruments supplied. Upon successful registration for the course, each participant will receive an email containing detailed information on what instruments, tooling, and project materials are needed for the class. The instructor will also provide his telephone number and email address so you may direct any questions directly with the source. All tooling, parts, supplies and "older instruments" (for practice repairs) are provided. The course is structured so each participant has time to learn and practice the repair procedures and then they may perform the detailed repairs and maintenance procedures to their own and/or school owned instruments while under the supervision of the instructor

Instructor - Chuck Hagler - Executive Director, AMERA The American Music Educator's Repair Association, Normal, IL

731 - The Art of Instrumental Music for the Creative Director
(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)

This course will provide opportunities for participants to experience a new dimension in teaching, thinking, practicing and playing an instrument. The comprehensive system of music learning is designed for the elementary, middle and high school band/orchestra program. The rehearsal/instructional techniques connect all performance requirements through the Circle of 4ths and go beyond conventional instructional practices. The class will function as a “band” in rehearsal each day (60 min.) addressing a variety of literature demands through effective rehearsal procedures. In addition to materials based upon "The Creative Director: Conductor, Teacher, Leader" and "The Musical Mind of the Creative Director," the class will address the current issues of school reform and its impact on school music programs. Many new considerations are presented when establishing an academic identity and appreciation for instrumental music programs. Please bring an instrument to perform the various exercises (wind, string or percussion). Percussionists please bring mallets.  Bring a band selection (score and parts) for rehearsal.

Instructor - Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Author, The Creative Band Director Series, Past President of the American Bandmasters Association and the National Band Association

713 - Aspiring to Excel: Leadership Initiatives For Music Educators

(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)h

Aspiring to Excel will address the importance of leadership and excellence in the education of students through music.  This course is based on the book with the same title by Dr. Kenneth Raessler (GIA Publications, Chicago, Illinois).  The Opportunity to Learn Standards in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act will serve as a basis for sequential music curriculum balance from early childhood through the university. The intention of this seminar is to stress the "what to's", rather than the "how to's".  Scheduling problems, day-to-day organizational problems, accurate advocacy strategies, faculty cohesiveness, peer relationships, avoiding burnout, image building and departmental balance issues will be discussed.   Individual concerns of the participants will be analyzed along with the development of strategies to address the concerns.  A continuing commitment to excellence will be stressed in order for the music educator to begin focusing on what is right in a given situation, rather than what is wrong.  The true purpose of this seminar is not necessarily to be a "cure-all" as much as an "aha"!

Instructor - Kenneth Raessler - Director and Professor emeritus, School of Music, Texas Christian University, Author, Clinician

728-2A - GarageBand Does It All 
Seats remain in the same course offered in Session 6
(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)

This course is held at Parkland H.S., Allentown, PA

GarageBand is an easy-to-learn musical workhorse with dozens of great uses for teachers and students.  What's's lots of fun! Want your students to enjoy composing original music or making arrangements?  How about getting them excited about music history as they make podcasts rather than boring traditional reports?  Wouldn’t it be great to see students have fun improvising, or creating a musical underscoring with sound effects for a video?  Want to make quality recordings of individuals or an ensemble without a complicated microphone scheme?  Want a great way to demonstrate musical concepts such as form, dynamics, articulation, tempo, and texture so students really understand?  Need to prepare sound clips for a PowerPoint presentation or webpage, blog, or wiki? GarageBand does all this and much more! Perhaps that's why many music teachers name this program as the technology tool they use most. In this course for general, vocal/choral, and instrumental music teachers at all levels, we’ll explore and experience the many uses for Apple’s GarageBand.  Each year the program adds more features and functionality; so even if you've used GarageBand before there's bound to be something that'll make you see the program in a new way. The course will be taught in a Mac lab using GarageBand, but Windows-equivalent software and adaptations will be discussed

Instructor - Scott Watson - Parkland High School, Allentown, PA; Author, Composer

Orff Certification

July 11-22  (for more information on Orff Certification please visit

738 - Orff Level I
(4 credits)   (120 PA Act 48 hours)

Pedagogy skills for teaching basic Orff Schulwerk will be explored and discussed through the use of Music For Children, Murray Volume I and pentatonic folk song material, movement and recorder.  Level I teachers will actively learn to use speech, rhymes, poetry, playing pitched and unpitched percussion as well as singing, playing, and improvising in pentatonic for creating an active music curriculum in the school setting. Soprano Recorder pedagogy and skills, creating student-friendly compositions in an elemental style, and models for improvisation will be developed.

739 - Orff Level II

(4 credits)   (120 PA Act 48 hours)

Level II will be a continuation and refinement of Level I content and will explore the aspects of complex rhythms and meter, movement accompaniment, transposed pentatonic, hexatonic, and other modal melodies including: Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian, Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian. Movement: form-based choreography and traditional folk dance will be used. The alto recorder will be used throughout and the  wider ranges of the soprano recorder will be explored, with an emphasis on modal repertoire and improvisation. Music For Children Murray Volumes II & IV will be the foundation of the course. Prerequisite, AOSA approved Level I course.

Instructor Level I - BethAnn Hepburn – AOSA Certified Instructor

InstructorLevel II  - Michelle Fella Przybylowski, B.S., MMEd., NBCT.  Michelle is currently a Music Teacher for Cheltenham School District, in Pennsylvania. Orff Schulwerk Certification, Choral Music Experience Teacher Education, and Kodaly Certification. Michelle serves as the Program Chair for the Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association, and is on The Orff Echo, Editorial Board for the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Movement Specialist - Janie Vance, BM, MM, MEd, Ed.D in progress Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. N/K and Lower School Music Teacher The Town School, NYC; National Workshop and Conference Presenter, AOSA approved Movement instructor; Singer and Percussionist; Former Performer with the Crossmen and Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps.

Recorder Specialist - Nick Wild, The Juilliard School, NY.  Elementary Music Teacher (Danvers Public Schools, MA); National Workshop & Conference Presenter; Member of AOSA Orff Echo Editorial Board; AOSA-Approved Recorder Instructor

Pre & Post Coursework

* AllAssignmentsSession4-2011.pdf
Click the above link to download all Pre & Post Course Assignments & Syllabi for Session Four (contained in a single document) EXCEPT for Orff. Be sure to scroll through to find your particular course. If you are in Band Instrument Repair or Art of the Creative Band Director, please see the additional links below. Orff information will be sent directly from the Instructors.
* BandInstrumentRepair2011.doc
Click the above link to download preliminary info for Band Instrument Repair.
* ArtCreativeBandDirector.doc
Click the above link to download an additional document for 'The Art of the Creative Band Director'.