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Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 at Columbia Valley

July 30 - August 10


Portland Orff-Schulwerk Levels

The Portland Chapter is now hosting Orff-Schulwerk Level 1, being offered in conjunction with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). 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.

Columbia Valley is located just northeast of Portland in a beautiful tech center in east Vancouver. It is adjacent to a park with walking paths, is close to a myriad of restaurants and hotels, and has a wonderful music room, lots of free parking, and is an easy reverse commute from Portland.

Registration: Registration for each Level is $600. Reserve your spot now by filling out the registration form and submitting your $100.00 deposit! 

Graduate Credit: Credit will be offered through Ashland University for an additional, optional fee, to be paid upon completing the final registration fee. 

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 daily


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 and Movement

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.


July 30
August 10
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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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Portland Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 Deposit$100.00Thank You for registering for the Portland Orff-Schulwerk Association's Summer 2018 Levels Program! Your spot in this summer's Level 1 program will be reserved with this purchase. Information will be sent to you at a later date, prior to the start of the course, with instructions for completing the $600.00 registration fee, which your $100.00 deposit will be fully credited towards. Opportunity to purchase optional credit from Ashland University will also be included with the final registration.

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