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Orff Schulwerk Masterclass: Music and Dance of Diverse Cultures

This course will feature music and dance from diverse cultures around the world taught with the principles of the Orff Schulwerk music education process. The musical arrangements from the class will be suitable for Orff Ensembles, recorders. and drums. The material selected, which will include games, songs, dances, body percussion, and drumming, will be appropriate for performance by students of all ages. We will also look at ways to explore the cultural background of the pieces and to extend the materials with an integrated arts approach.

June 17 – 21
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays
Noncredit Cost: $400
Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $1,000 for 2 hours of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
Housing Cost: $425 for single; $325 for double (No meals are included. Single rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)


Orff Schulwerk Levels I-III are a prerequisite for this class

Orff Schulwerk Masterclass Faculty:

Sofia Lopez-Ibor studied flute, recorder, and music education at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain and is a graduate of the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She is past president of Orff España, co-directs the summer course in Spain, and teaches seminars and Orff Schulwerk levels courses throughout the world. Sofia teaches Music Didactics at the Special Course of the Orff Institute in Salzburg and Orff Schulwerk level 1 at The San Francisco International Orff Course. She is the co-author of Quien Canta Su Mal Espanta, is the author of the groundbreaking Blue is the Sea: Music, Movement and Visual Arts in the Orff Schulwerk, and co-author of Music from Five Continents. With over 35 years of experience teaching children of all ages, Sofía recently completed her 22nd year at The San Francisco School. She has received the Herbst Foundation Award and the Medallion of Honor from the Orff Forum in recognition of her work in training teachers throughout the world. She serves on the Board of the International Orff Schulwerk Forum.

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