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A Brief Introduction To Orff Schulwerk

Join us online to explore several aspects of Orff Schulwerk that you can ponder as you consider taking a Level I Teacher Education class! Together via Zoom, we’ll discuss the history and background, process, and music- and movement-making media of Orff Schulwerk.

  • Dates: June 14-15
  • Times: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Noncredit Cost: $30

Introduction to Orff Schulwerk Faculty:


Michael Chandler, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Michael taught music and movement to children in Texas public schools for 16 years, mostly in Lewisville ISD, where he was named Teacher of the Year at two elementary schools. His student ensembles have performed by invitation at TMEA conventions in San Antonio in 2013, 2007, and 2005. Michael has served as president of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, chaired the AOSA Research Interest Group, the AOSA History Committee, the AOSA Apprentice Application Review Panel, and has also served on AOSA’s International Outreach Committee. Michael has presented workshops and sessions in 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Australia. In addition to teaching Orff levels at SMU, he teaches in the Orff certification programs at the University of Memphis and in the San Francisco International Orff Course. Michael earned the Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas.


Julie Scott, Ph.D. is Professor of Practice and Co-Chair of Music Education at Southern Methodist University. Prior to teaching at the college level, Julie taught elementary music and choir in Texas schools for 17 years and served as Coordinator of Elementary Music in Richardson ISD for two years. During her time as a public school educator, four of her groups—a recorder ensemble, an Orff instrument ensemble, and two choirs—performed at TMEA under her direction. Julie has taught Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses to adults at six universities and is a Past President of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). In addition, she has presented over 200 workshops for TMEA, AOSA, OAKE, NAfME, and to numerous state MEAs, school districts and Orff chapters throughout the US. She has served as a conductor/clinician for honor choirs at the district, state, and national level and has presented sessions internationally at conferences and teaching venues in Australia, Germany, Scotland, Greece, China, Italy, and Thailand. She earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.

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