The inaugural Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 Teacher Education Portland course during summer 2018 was a success! Planning and preparation is underway to continue to provide teacher education levels in the Portland area during Summer 2019. The 2019 course is scheduled to run July 29-August 9th. Check in during Spring 2019 for more information!
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Dena Byers – Level 1 Pedagogy
Dena Byers teaches K-5 music and also serves as the Lead Elementary Music Teacher for her 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 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 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.