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Kodály Levels I, II & III

Check back for Summer 2017 dates in January.

At the heart of the Kodály philosophy is the student's innate musicality and the use of natural, logical pedagogical sequence to unlock the key to musical literacy. Kodály Levels cover the inspiring philosophy and teaching tools promoted by Zoltan Kodály. Successful participants will finish with an abundance of new songs, games, activities and techniques that will energize, organize and perhaps transform their teaching. The daily schedule will include pedagogy, musicianship, folk music materials, choir and special topics such as instruments in the classroom and classical music connections for students.

3 quarter hour credits / 2 semester hour credits / PD hours available
2016 Rates: Credit: $2,450 / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $1,040 / Non-credit: $850
*There is an additional non-refundable $25 registration fee, due with tuition, on the first day of the workshop.

Instructor Biographies

Douglas Beam

Douglas Beam
Douglas Beam is a music educator, singer and composer who teaches music at the International School of Amsterdam. Prior to teaching in the Netherlands he was head of the Music Department at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India, where he conducted the school’s Children’s Choir and led a percussion ensemble as well. Before teaching in international schools, Mr. Beam taught 1st - 5th grades in public school in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been Assistant Director and accompanist for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, working with Henry Leck and Ruth Dwyer. As a performer, while living in the US, Mr. Beam was a regular chorus member of The Indianapolis Opera Company. He is a graduate of Anderson University (IN), where he was Presser Scholar and also completed his levels training in Orff Schulwerk. He earned the Master of Arts in Music Education degree with emphasis in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk and Certification from the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is a composer and arranger of choral music and his pieces have been published by Colla Voce, Hal Leonard and Boosey and Hawkes. His compositions have been performed by groups all over the world at venues such as Disney Hall (CA) and Lincoln Center (NY) and appear regularly on reading lists at music conferences in the United States. Mr. Beam has received commissions from schools, civic organizations and community choirs from various parts of the United States. He loves writing for children’s voices. When not teaching or composing, Mr. Beam enjoys cooking, traveling and being outdoors with his family.

Janell Bjorklund

Janell Bjorklund
Janell Bjorklund teaches general elementary music for Evanston-Skokie School District 65.  She earned her MM in music education from DePaul University and her BM in music education from the University of North Texas. Bjorklund is certified in the Kodály approach through Southern Methodist University / Plano ISD training program and is certified in the Orff Schulwerk approach through DePaul University. Bjorklund has had her research accepted for poster sessions at the Illinois Music Education Association Annual Statewide Conference and the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference. She currently serves on the board of the Chicago Area Kodály Educators.

Crystal Henricks

Crystal Henricks currently teaches nursery and primary school music at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.  Prior to coming to Chicago, she taught K-12 general and choral music at Shenyang International School in Shenyang, China.  She holds a BS in Music Education from Asbury College, Kodály Certification and MMEd from Capital University, and Levels I-III Orff Schulwerk Certification from The University of Kentucky and Anderson University.   She has been a guest clinician for workshops and choral festivals both in the United States and abroad.  She teaches summer pedagogy courses at DePaul University and VanderCook School of Music in Chicago.  

Jamie Parker

Jamie Parker has been teaching kindergarten through fourth grade music at Troy Craughwell Elementary School in Joliet, Illinois since 2008. She also directs the Troy Craughwell fourth grade choir, teaches clarinet lessons privately, and teaches a music summer camp for pre-school children. Jamie received her Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2008 and her Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis from The Kodály Institute at Capital University in 2012. She is the current president of the Chicago Area Kodály Educators, and she sat on the 2013 MKMEA Conference Committee as the Registration Chair. She has presented workshops for Northern Illinois University, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, the Chicago Area Kodály Educators , and the Midwest Kodály Educators of America Conference.

Julia Shaw

Bio coming soon.


Orff Levels I, II and III

Check back for Summer 2017 dates in January.

Carl Orff once said,  "Children have always loved to play. Why not let them learn as they play?" Imitation, exploration, creation, literacy and ownership, is the process to Carl Orff's philosophy.

Orff Schulwerk certification classes will include working with Orff ensemble, Orff literature, improvisation, composition, pedagogy, recorder and movement. Participants will be actively making music while learning basic Orff process and methodology. Special topics will also be offered to cover areas not included in the basic curriculum. Orff Levels I and II Tentative Daily Schedule

3 quarter hour credits / 2 semester hour credits / PD hours available
2016 Rates: Credit: $2,450 / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $1040 / Non-credit: $850
*There is an additional non-refundable $25 registration fee, due with tuition, on the first day of the workshop.

Instructor Biographies

Meeghan Binder

Meeghan Binder has worked in the Chicagoland area as a public school general music teacher and clinician for the past 13 years. Meeghan attended Northern Illinois University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and then went on to receive a Masters Degree in Music Education from DePaul University where she currently serves as adjunct faculty to the Music Education Department.Meeghan holds a National Board Teaching Certification and is both Orff-Schulwerk Certified and Kodaly Certified. In 2013, Meeghan became a certified American Orff-Schulwerk Recorder Instructor and has taught all three levels at various Orff Levels teacher trainings. Meeghan’s musical background includes performances and study in classical flute, recorder ensembles, local choirs, West African Drumming and Japanese Taiko drumming groups.

Sarah Hassler

Sarah Hassler is the music specialist at Cherry Tree Elementary School in Carmel, Indiana, where she teaches

grades K-5. She has taught students ranging in age from toddlers through college in general as well as instrumental music. Mrs. Hassler is Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

Mrs. Hassler is a graduate of Capital University with a Masters of Education with Kodaly Emphasis and The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Music Education. She received her Orff-Schulwerk Certification and Curriculum from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota).  She was the recipient of the Gregory Von Stein Scholarship from Capital University and the Gunild Keetman Scholarship from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. 


She teaches Orff-Schulwerk Certification Levels in movement at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana and DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. 


Mrs. Hassler has presented sessions at the National AOSA Conference; the Indiana Music Educator’s Association conference; and, the National OAKE Conference.  In addition to presenting workshops, she enjoys serving as guest conductor of children’s choirs.

Vera Flaig

​Bio coming soon

Josh Southard

Josh Southard teaches general music at Smoky Row Elementary School in Carmel, Indiana.  Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Butler University and a master’s degree in Music Education with Orff Emphasis from Anderson University.  Josh served four years as president of the Indiana chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and is currently the chair of AOSA’s History committee.  In 2010, his article “The Importance of the Volumes” was published in the Orff Echo.   He completed three levels in Orff Schulwerk, as well as Orff Curriculum and Composition at Anderson University in Indiana.  Josh apprenticed Level I with Cindy Hall at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and has presented at local chapter meetings of the Indiana Orff Schulwerk Association and Illinois and West Virginia, as well as State Conferences of the Indiana Music Educators Association. Josh currently teaches Level I Basic in Gwinnet County Public Schools in Atlanta and DePaul University in Chicago.

Lisa Sullivan

Lisa Sullivan teaches general music at Mohawk Trails Elementary School in Carmel, Indiana and was named 2008 Carmel Clay Teacher of the year.  She teaches private piano in her home studio as well as being active in the adult and children’s music at church.  Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Butler University and a master’s degree in Elementary Administration from Ball State University.  Lisa currently serves as the Region IV representative for the Indiana Music Educators Association.  She completed three levels in Orff Schulwerk, as well as Orff Curriculum, and Orff Master Class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Lisa apprenticed Level I with Cindy Hall at the University of Kentucky and has presented at local chapter meetings of the Indiana Orff Schulwerk Association as well as State Conferences of the Indiana Music Educators Association.   Lisa presented at the Cincinnati and Las Vegas AOSA conferences and she currently teaches Orff Level I at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.  Lisa has taught Orff Level II basic at Anderson University, Level II Recorder and Movement at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Orff Level I at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Florida.   ​

If you are traveling from out-of-town DePaul offers workshop participants discounted rates at hotels both near campus and closer to downtown Chicago and near public transportation. Hotel choices and rates can be found here:

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For additional curricular information, please contact Jacki Kelly-McHale at jkellymc@depaul.edu.