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Purposeful Pathways

Possibilities for the Elementary Classroom

In this active music making course, we will explore the artful integration of Orff Schulwerk, Kodály, and eurhythmics to create a classroom environment where diverse learning pathways offer students multiple modalities for mastering developmentally appropriate musical skills and concepts. An emphasis will be placed on balancing aesthetic experience with cognitive understanding, using structures for student-created works of art through composition, improvisation, and dance making. Teachers enrolled in this course will create their own lessons based on the Purposeful Pathways model and will leave with a collection of new lessons created by all members of the class.

  • Dates: June 29-July 3
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
  • Noncredit Cost: $400
  • Graduate Credit: Additional $1,000.00 for 2 hours of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
  • Housing: There is no on-campus housing available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, go to

Purposeful Pathways Faculty:

Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Poland, Spain, and Scotland. He currently serves as Director of Publications and Music Education Consultant at Music is Elementary and creative Director at Teaching with Orff.

Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” and “Percussive Play.” He has published works for children’s choirs in the “Crooked River Choral Project” series and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round My Heart.”

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