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Music Education Workshops 2019

This summer the DePaul School of Music is presenting a series of music education workshops. Many questions about this summer's offerings can be answered on our FAQ page. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.


Orff Levels I & II

July 22-August 2, 2019

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
2019 Rates: Credit: $2,607 / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $1,145 / Non-credit: $935

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.

Vera Flaig

​Bio coming soon

Aaron Ford

Aaron Ford
Aaron Ford has an MA in expressive therapies with a specialization in dance/movement therapy from Lesley University and a post-baccalaureate certification in K-12 vocal music education from Emporia State University. He has studied somatics for over 30 years, including the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique and Continuum. Aaron has successfully completed three levels of Orff Schulwerk teacher education and is an AOSA approved Orff Levels I - III Movement Teacher Educator. He apprenticed with Danai Gagne and Lissa Ray for Orff Movement. Aaron has taught elementary music in private and public schools for fifteen years in New York City, Alaska, Kansas, Hawaii and currently in Phoenix, AZ, where he teaches pre-K - 4th grade general music and 5th - 8th grade band at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School.

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.   ​


Orff Curriculum

August 5-9, 2019

This course is designed to help Orff inspired teachers analyze and write a music curriculum that includes all elements of the Schulwerk and that attends to State and National standards. Participants must have successfully completed Orff Levels I and II.

2 quarter hour credits / 1 semester hour credits / PD hours available
2019 Rates: Credit: $1,745 / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $875 / Non-credit: $560

Instructor Biography

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.

The University Center also offers housing options.

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