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!

Graduate Credit: Credit will be offered through Ashland University for an additional, optional fee

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

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Dena Byers – Level 1 Pedagogy

Dena has been teaching in Durham since 1997. She currently teaches grades K-5 at Hillandale Elementary in Durham and conducts the Hillandale Children’s Chorus. She holds both a Bachelors of Science in Education and a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Connecticut as well as a Masters of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota. She has earned Master’s Level Certification in Orff Schulwerk and is a past-president of the Central Carolina Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. She has recieved Level III certification in the Creating Artistry program with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

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.

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