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Music Education Workshops 2020

In summer 2020, 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.

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Kodály Levels I, II & III

June 22 - July 2, 2020

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
2020 Rates: Credit: $2,655* / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $1,185* / Non-credit: $935*

Instructor Biographies

Sarah Bartolome

Sarah Bartolome previously held the position of assistant professor of music education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BM in voice performance and music education from Ithaca College, an MM in music education with a concentration in voice performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University, and a PhD in music education from the University of Washington. Her research interests include children’s musical culture, ethnomusicology, choral culture from a global perspective, service-learning in higher education, and music teacher preparation. She has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education and the Music Educators Journal. 

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.

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 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 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 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 20 - 31, 2020

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
2020 Rates: Credit: $2,655* / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $1,185* / Non-credit: $935*

Instructor Biographies

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
Dr. Flaig holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar  from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor of Education (elementary) from York University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of Michigan. She began her journey with the guitar at the age of twelve, playing in a couple of different rock bands formed with school mates. Upon hearing the classical guitar for the first time, Vera knew what she wanted to do. It took two years of self-taught study before she finally found a classical teacher. At the age of 15 she began serious study with Harold Micay, a student of both Christopher Parkening and Pepé Romero. Vera flourished under Mr. Micay’s expert guidance and was soon teaching students taking their minor in guitar at the University of Manitoba (while still attending high school herself). While completing her Bachelor of Music degree, Vera participated in masterclasses given by some of the leading guitarists in the world: Robert Feurstein, Norbert Kraft, and David Russell. Upon graduation, she moved to Toronto to continue private studies with Norbert Kraft. While there she took part in in The Toronto International Guitar Festival in 1990 and 1991. She played in masterclasses given by: Aaron Shearer, Bruce Holzman, and Nicolas Goluses.  In 1990, she was chosen by Aaron Shearer as one of eight students out of seventy-five participants to perform in the Student Recital, for which she played Mauro Giuliani’s Grand Overture, Op. 61.
In 1992 Vera decided to expand her career to include early childhood music pedagogies, Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk. After years of study and training, she reached level II in Kodaly and certified as an Orff Schulwerk specialist. She received additional training in Baby Music when she took a full time position with Young Children’s Music and Movement Classes. In time she began teaching Orff children’s music classes and teacher training workshops at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. In 1999 she went back to school to certify as an elementary teacher. Her desire was that all children have access to quality music education. She worked at an inner-city school for two years before being accepted into the doctorate program at the University of Michigan. She now teaches all upper-level courses in music history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Dr. Flaig is still an active classical guitarist, playing for church services, weddings and in cafés. She hopes to give more concerts in the future. Vera has always been a natural teacher and enjoys sharing music with people of all ages and walks of life.
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 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 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 3 - 7, 2020

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
2019 Rates: Credit: $1,810* / Credit with Working Teacher Discount: $905* / Non-credit: $580*

Instructor Biographies

Jeremy Dittus enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze eurhythmics instructor. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo and chamber programs in the United States, Switzerland, and Italy. He currently teaches on the summer faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies' Dalcroze Academy teacher-training center.
His Dalcroze License and Certificate comes from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, while the Diplôme Supérieur (a doctoral equivalent in Switzerland) comes from the 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. 
He 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. Dr. Dittus serves on the state board for the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs and is the Vice President of the Dalcroze Society of America.  

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.

*Rates are tentative as of January 2020 and subject to change prior to March 31, 2020.

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