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Orf 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*

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nstructor 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.  

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

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