Orff Schulwerk Masterclass: Re-Imagining The Familiar: Deepening Your Personal Artistry

This course is designed to explore the process of Orff Schulwerk and the possibilities that can be discovered through collaborative work. The class will use existing materials in visual art, literature, Orff Schulwerk repertoire, other musical genres, and everyday items as a basis for exploration, improvisation, and performance. Finding new ways to re-imagine the familiar and deepen personal artistry is at the center of this course. A process model for bringing these experiences into a framework for lesson planning will help participants reflect and analyze processes to create effective project lessons for the classroom.

Dates: June 20-24

Times: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM weekdays

Noncredit Cost: $500

Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $1,000.00 for 2 hours of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)

Housing Cost: There is no on-campus housing available for Orff Schulwerk Master Class this summer. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, go to http://www.campustravel.com/university/smu/visit_smu.html

Required Materials: A list of materials will be sent to you prior to the workshop through a link to West Music Company.

*Certification in Orff Schulwerk is a prerequisite of this course.*

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Beth Melin Nelson is the Lower School Principal at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, in St. Paul, MN. She has spent over 30 years teaching music and movement and relishes opportunities for collaborative, creative work with students of all ages. Beth received her master’s degree with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member. She taught movement in the Orff course at SMU for almost 20 years, and Basic Level II at MSU in Denver, and at UST in St. Paul, where she also was the Course Director. She has presented and performed at National AOSA Conferences, State MEA’s, and at chapter workshops across the country. Beth’s international teaching includes work in Canada, China, Germany, and the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She has served on many AOSA subcommittees and is a past member of the National Board of Trustees.

For further information about SMU Music Educators Workshops, or to register for one of these classes, visit admission.smu.edu/portal/musicworkshops; or contact Directors Julie Scott, Lisa Beyer, and Courtney Wilson at muedworkshops@smu.edu.