Paul Weller – Level 1 Pedagogy
Paul Weller has been teaching elemental music for more than 15 years to grades K-5. He earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.A. in Education from Saint Mary’s University and Orff Schulwerk Levels training at University of St. Thomas. He has taught workshops locally, nationally, has presented numerous times at the AOSA national convention, and is an Orff Level I and II teacher trainer. Paul Lives in Minnesota with his wife and two kids where he spends his free time cooking, reading, biking, and drinking tea.
Drue Bullington – Level 2 Pedagogy
Drue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown Elementary School in Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Bullington is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. Drue holds a second master’s degree from Wilkes University in Online Teaching and Learning with an Online Educator’s Certificate of Endorsement from the State of Pennsylvania. He has also participated in several advanced Orff Schulwerk courses and an apprenticeship program in Orff Schulwerk at George Mason University.
Drue has taught in several Orff Schulwerk Levels Certification programs around the U.S.and offers numerous professional development and workshop sessions on elemental music and movement through the Orff Schulwerk Approach, elemental music and movement applications in the classroom, incorporating technology, and integrating the soprano ukulele into the K-12 music classroom. Drue serves as President of the Board of Directors of the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement.
Drue and his wife, Elise, live in Lititz, PA. They enjoy an active life filled with traveling, culinary adventures and volunteering in their community.
Roger Sams – Level III Pedagogy
Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Poland, Spain, and Scotland. He currently serves as Director of Publications and Music Education Consultant at Music is Elementary (www.MusicIsElementary.com) and creative Director at www.TeachingWithOrff.com. Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” and “Percussive Play.” He has published works for children’s choirs in the “Crooked River Choral Project” series and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round My Heart.”
Fauna Woolfe – Recorder
Fauna Woolfe teaches K-5 music at Columbia Valley Elementary in Evergreen Public Schools. She is currently serving as President of the Portland Orff-Schulwerk Association, and as the Portland Levels Course Director. 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 – Movement
Matthew Stensrud (MM, George Mason University; BM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) teaches pre-kindergarten through fourth grade general music and movement at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013 and is an Orff Schulwerk Certified Teacher Educator of Movement, currently teaching at the Winthrop Orff Course in Rock Hill, SC and the Portland Orff Course in Portland, OR. Matthew serves as Vice President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of AOSA and serves on the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo, the quarterly publication of AOSA. He was also a Key Content Contributor to the book, Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas. He was Teacher of the Year in 2017 and recognized with the Spotlight Award by the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in Summer 2017. He lives with his husband in Alexandria, Virginia. You can find Matthew on social media @MisterSOrff on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on his YouTube page, or at www.mistersorff.com.