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Music Education Workshops

In summer 2018, the DePaul School of Music will present a series of music education workshops, including Kodály Levels I, II & III, Orff Levels I, II & III and Dalcroze. 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.

Registration for all summer music education workshops is now open.

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Kodály Levels I, II & III

June 18-29, 2018

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
2018 Rates: Credit: $2,556 / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $1,120 / Non-credit: $915

Instructor Biographies

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.  

Jana Martin

Jana Martin
Jana Martin is in her sixteenth year of teaching music, with experiences in pre-K-12 vocal and general music. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and National Board Certification in early and middle childhood. She completed her Kodály Certification at New York University, and Orff certification at DePaul University. Jana currently works at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette Public Schools District 39 where she teaches general music and directs the High Five Junior Chorus, and is in her second year as adjunct faculty in the Kodály levels program at DePaul.​

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.

Rachel Rosellini

Rachel holds her Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Kodály from Capital University and her Bachelors in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University. This marks her tenth year as the general music teacher for Grove Avenue and Roslyn Road elementary schools in the Barrington School District. She teaches music to first through fifth graders as well as leads a choir at each building. Rachel is the artistic director of the Palatine Children’s Chorus. She is also the director for the Kids 'n’ Musik Choir with Kindermusik Northwest in Palatine, IL.

Julia Shaw

Julia Shaw holds a PhD in music education from Northwestern University, a master of music in choral conducting from Butler University, and a bachelor of music education with high distinction from Indiana University. Her teaching experience includes ten years working in diverse school and non-profit settings in Indianapolis and Chicago. Dr. Shaw was honored as Teacher of the Year for the Zionsville Community Schools and Boone County in 2007. She has worked extensively with children's choirs, including the Chicago Children's Choir, Indianapolis Children's Choir, and the Indiana University Children's Choir. Dr. Shaw’s areas of scholarly interest include child and adolescent vocal development, culturally diverse learners, music teacher education, urban education, and socio-cultural issues in music education. Recently, she received the Society for Research in Music Education’s Research Grant to investigate effective professional development experiences for urban music educators. She has presented sessions for state and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education and the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She serves on the editorial committee of Music Educators Journal, a journal in which her work has been published. An active choral clinician, Dr. Shaw is frequently called upon as a guest conductor for All-State and honor choirs. She is also a certified Kodály educator and has taught in the summer Kodály institutes of DePaul University, James Madison University, and the University of Central Missouri. She has also taught in the summer graduate program of the University of St. Thomas.


Orff Levels I, II & III

July 23-August 3, 2018

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
2018 Rates: Credit: $2,556 / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $1,120 / Non-credit: $915

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.

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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.   ​


Dalcroze Workshop

August 6-10, 2018

Incorporating eurhythmics, solfege and improvisational activities, Dalcroze education is a unique and powerful way of knowing music through the body. The Dalcroze approach explores musical concepts through social and interactive methods that invite students to trust their ideas and develop their own intuitions. Dalcroze study makes music vivid for everyone from young beginners through adult professionals.

2 quarter hour credits / 1 semester hour credits / PD hours available
2018 Rates: Credit: $1,710 / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $855 / Non-credit: $545

Instructor Biography

Jeremy Dittus

Jeremy Dittus enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze™ eurhythmics instructor. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo and chamber programs and presented Dalcroze™ masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe and South East Asia. He currently directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies™ Dalcroze™ Academy teacher-training center at Metropolitan State University of Denver. A former Lecturer in piano, theory, and solfège at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, he also has taught undergraduate solfège, piano, and composition courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as eurhythmics and solfège at L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze™ in Geneva, Switzerland and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

Dr. Dittus is the founder and director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies™ in Denver, Colorado, the only authorized Dalcroze™ training center west of Pittsburgh in the United States. The DSR offers Eurhythmics™ classes for children (pre-kindergarten through high school), adult enrichment classes, and full time study toward the Dalcroze™ Certificate/License (eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, pedagogy, and plastique animée). Additionally, he has presented Dalcroze™ workshops at home and abroad including the World Piano Conference, International Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention, Singapore International String Conference, L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze™ Cours d’Été, Dalcroze™ Society of America National Conference, Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference, American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Convention, National Flute Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association State Convention, Piano Celebration at Metro-State University in Denver, University of Louisville Piano Institute, in addition to several summer music institutes, universities, and conservatories across the US. He also serves on the state board for the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs and functions as the Vice President of the Dalcroze™ Society of America. He recently has published books on Dalcroze™ Education: Embodying Music: A Textbook for Dalcroze™ Teacher Training, and five books that correspond to the Rhythmic-Solfège™ youth program in place at the Dalcroze™ School of the Rockies.

In 2010, Dr. Dittus earned the Diplôme Supérieur, (a doctoral equivalent in Switzerland) from L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze™ in conjunction with La Haute École de Musique de Genève and Le Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. While in Geneva, he received top honors including the 2009 Prix pour les qualities musicales exceptionnelles and the 2010 Prix pour les qualités artistiques et pédagogiques exceptionnelles. Before Switzerland, he had the honor of studying at the Longy School of Music for the Dalcroze™ Certificate and License. He completed a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder; for the master of music, he studied piano performance and music theory at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. During his undergraduate work, he obtained bachelor degrees in piano performance and chemistry. Former teachers include Lisa Parker, Anne Farber, Ruth Gianadda, Marie-Laure Bachmann, Sylvia del Bianco, Sylvie Morgenegg, Laurent Sourisse, Andrew Cooperstock, Michael Chertock, Frank Weinstock, and George Cherry.

Eunjin Lee

Eunjin Lee received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Perfomance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a strong background in pedagogical studies, Dr. Lee has expanded her research interest to Dalcroze Education and the Suzuki method, studying and presenting at national and international workshops, including the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minnesota, the Yale Graduate Music Symposium and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association’s annual conference. She earned the Dalcroze™ Certificate and is now pursuing Dalcroze™ License studying with Dr. Jeremy Dittus from Dalcroze School of the Rockies. She also studied with internationally known Dalcroze master teachers including Eiko Ishizuka, Lisa Parker, Karin Greenhead, Dr. Louise Mathieu, Monica Dale and Mary Dobrea-Grindahl. She has been an active office member of the MTNA’s local chapter and serves as a national board member of the Dalcroze Society of America. She taught graduate piano pedagogy courses as the coordinator of the UIUC’s Piano Laboratory Program. She also teaches applied piano and Dalcroze group classes to children and adults of all ages in universities and summer festivals, including Illinois Summer Youth Music and PhoenixPhest.

Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Lee has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall; at the Krannert Center in Champaign, Illinois; the Nice Conservatoire, France and at major concerts halls in Korea including Kumho Art Hall and Sejong Center. Featured as a soloist with both the UIUC Symphony and the New Music Ensemble, she also performs as a collaborative pianist with music faculty members at UIUC.


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.​