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Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 at Columbia Valley

July 30, 2018 - August 10, 2018

Portland Orff-Schulwerk Levels

Level 1 is full for 2018, but we look forward to continuing to serve our community of music educators in future years. Please attend our workshops and join our mailing list to receive future information about Levels in the Portland area. 

The Portland Chapter is now hosting Orff-Schulwerk Level 1, being offered in conjunction with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and hosted by Evergreen Public Schools. The two-week (10 day) course focuses on training music teachers to implement the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. This approach is known for using movement, speech, and instruments to improvise and compose. Training includes pedagogy, recorder, and movement classes.

The Portland Orff Course is a chapter based course created to make Orff levels training accessible to teachers in the NW. There is a course only fee option, and optional college credit through Ashland University. The course is held at Columbia Valley Elementary school in the Evergreen Public School district.

Who should register for Orff Level 1?

Releasing creativity that extends far beyond the music classroom, Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman conceived an approach to building musicianship in every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama. While this course is specifically geared towards music teachers serving early to middle childhood classroom music, the Orff-Schulwerk process is limitless in its applications beyond the Music Room. Administrators, classroom teachers, early-chilhood professionals, and anyone else looking to deepen their skillset of unlocking creative potential are welcome to join. While a background in music is helpful, it is not required or necessary to benefit from the course.


Dena Byers – Level 1 Pedagogy

Dena Byers teaches K-5 music with the Durham Public Schools in Durham, North Carolina and also serves as the Lead Elementary Music Teacher for the district. She assists in the coordination of district events and professional development for her colleagues. Dena is the Artistic Director of the Durham Children’s Choir.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. A National Board Certified teacher since 2005, Dena has presented at several AOSA Professional Development Conferences as well as for Orff chapters across the country. She served as a Region IV Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees from 2006-2009.   She has taught Level I basic pedagogy in Orff Schulwerk courses at Southern Methodist University, University of Memphis, Samford University in Alabama, Baker University in Kansas, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally she has conducted all-state honors choir in Mississippi and all-county honor choruses in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Dena was the recipient of the 2010 Jackson Parkhurst Award as an Outstanding North Carolina Music Educator.

Fauna Woolfe – Recorder 

Fauna Woolfe teaches K-5 music at Columbia Valley Elementary in Evergreen Public Schools. She directs the Vancouver Children’s Choir, and is also currently serving as President of the Portland Orff Schulwerk Association. Fauna achieved National Board certification in 2003 and 2013, and served as a National Board facilitator running cohorts to support teachers through the certification process from 2005-2013. Fauna received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Oregon, where she also studied saxophone performance, her Masters in Education from Lesley University with an emphasis on Arts Integration, and took her Orff Levels at Seattle Pacific University, The San Francisco Orff Course, and the UNLV Orff course.

Matthew Stensrud & Jennifer Donovan – Movement

Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Elementary Music and Movement Teacher and currently in his first year teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia after seven years at Annandale Terrace Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013, is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement, and teaches Movement at the Winthrop Orff Course in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Recently, Matthew received the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement and was Annandale Terrace Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2017. Matthew frequently writes about and presents workshops nationally on Responsive Classroom, Orff, Jazz, and Effortless Movement, currently serves on the American Orff Schulwerk Association’s Orff Echo Editorial Board and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Jennifer Donovan teaches at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee, Kansas. She is a past president of the Kansas Orff Chapter and has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region III Representative and Treasurer and was the National Conference Chair for the 2016 AOSA Conference in Atlantic City. She was on the 2009 Kansas Teacher of the Year team and is currently serving on the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year team. She was the 2012 recipient of the World Village Wildcard scholarship and attended the JaSeSoiRy World Village in Valkeala, Finland.


July 30, 2018
August 10, 2018
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Fauna Woolfe
Portland Orff-Schulwerk Chapter


Columbia Valley Elementary
17500 SE Sequoia Cir
Vancouver, WA 98683 United States
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