Level I & II

Jackson State University
26th Orff-Schulwerk Summer Certification Course
July 11-22, 2022 – Level I & II Course

The Jackson State University Department of Music is offer the 26th Orff-Schulwerk Summer Certification Course. We will offer Level I & II of the Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Course this summer. Orff-Schulwerk centers around the development of the whole child, while encouraging the continued development of the teacher. Orff-Schulwerk uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as its foundation for teaching music; the melodic and percussive musical activities are easily learned by the students. Designed for all children, the Orff-Schulwerk technique enables students to create good music immediately. The course itself provides a non-competitive atmosphere, where one of the rewards is the pleasure of making good music with others.

Level I

This course is recommended for those with no previous Orff-Schulwerk training and will include:

  • Studying Level I music curriculum concepts in time, rhythm, meter, melody, accompaniment texture, timbre, elemental forms, expression, and pedagogy
  • Experiencing learning objectives through speech, body percussion, unpitched percussion instruments, singing, playing pitched instruments, playing recorder, movement, orchestration, and composition

Level II

Level II extends the foundation built in Level I with increased attention to how the Orff-Schulwerk approach facilitates conceptual understanding of music and movement. The roles of rhythmic speech, singing, playing instruments, movement, and improvisation will be considered in greater depth. Recorder instruction and performance activities will involve the alto recorder, as well as the soprano instrument. Participants also will engage in a broadening range of musical experiences that include more complex compositional elements, including modal melodies, changing meters, and varying accompaniments and textures.

Tuition and Credit Information

  • No Credit: $700
  • Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Credit (3 hrs) Est. Program Fee: $1,467.50 (Contact Dr. Ramon Jackson for more information)
  • Non-Credit Continuing Education Units  – TBD

Special Discount: Early Bird Registration Rate: $650 due by June 1, 2022

All Tuition payments are due by July 8, 2022.

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You can also submit fees by Money Order or School Check made payable to JSU Department of Music. All money orders or checks should be mailed to Jackson State University Department of Music P.O. Box 17055 Jackson, MS 39217; Attn: Dr. Ramon Jackson

Note: If you are applying for graduate credit you must complete a graduate application through the graduate school by June 15th. Special documents are required for admission. Contact Dr. Ramon Jackson for more information.


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Kimberly Collins – Pedagogy/Movement

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Kimberly T. Collins made her way to Little Rock, Arkansas as a student at Harding University.  There, she received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters in Elementary Administration.  She completed levels training and master class at Southern Methodist University and conducted her apprenticeship at Carnegie Mellon University.  A National Board Re-Certified Teacher and an approved Teacher Educator for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association she taught elementary and multicultural music to middle and elementary school students in Arkansas public schools for over 20 years.  As a member of the Little Rock School District cadre of lead teachers, she conducted elementary music and World Drumming workshops for the district and community, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas School Counselor’s Association, and AOSA National Conference as well as community drum circles as well as workshops in Oklahoma and Kansas.  Kimberly (Kym) has taught AOSA Levels 1 & 2 Movement at the University of Central Arkansas and currently teaches Basic Level 1 at San Jose State University in California.  She currently serves on the AOSA Ad-Hoc Committee and Acapella Worship Leaders and Choral Music Conference board.  A wife and mother of 4 beautiful daughters, Kimberly is passionate about education and loves to explore musical and movement possibilities with children of all ages, from 0 to 99!

Judith Thompson-Barthwell – Pedagogy/Movement

Judith Thompson-Barthwell is a retired music educator after 44 years. She taught in both public and private schools. In her career, she has experience teaching general music K-8, choir 4-12, high school dance, and Kindergarten. After completing her Orff Levels, she spent a year at the Orff Institute.  She has taught movement in many courses, and Level I in several Orff Certification courses, and she is the director of Michigan Orff Collage Levels Courses in Detroit, Michigan. Receiving the Michigan Music Educator Association, Music Educator of the Year Award in 2012, she is presently the Treasurer of the American Orff-Schwerk Association ending in June 2021, and she is on the Ad Hoc Restructuring Committee of AOSA.




Holly Mullenix – Recorder

Holly Mullenix is a Music Specialist residing in Safety Harbor, FL with thirty years of experience in the field of music education. Holly holds a BS in Music Education and a MS in Music Technology. Her teaching experience includes Pinellas County Schools/Florida, National Teachers Academy/Chicago Public Schools, where she also served as a mentor with the Academy for Urban School Leadership, VanderCook College of Music/Illinois, IUPUI/Indianapolis and Hamilton Southeastern Schools/Indiana. Holly’s numerous achievements include: Pinellas County Music Educator of the Year; Teacher of the Year, Curlew Creek Elementary; Teacher of the Year, Hamilton Southeastern Schools and the Teaching Excellence Award, Indiana School of Music at Indianapolis.  In 2009, Holly was bestowed the honorable Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation National Award at Carnegie Hall. She has served as FMEA All-State Orff Ensemble Coordinator, Past-President of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Orff Chapter, Treasurer of Indiana Orff Chapter and All County Orff Ensemble Conductor. Sharing recorder curriculum through AOSA Orff Levels is one of her favorite experiences each year.


Meals may be purchased on campus at the University Student Center Food Court, in addition, there are numerous restaurants near the F.D. Hall Music Center.


A parking pass is included for those who enroll. To reserve please go to this link.

What to Bring

You should plan to wear comfortable clothing for movement, comfortable shoes, and have a sweater on hand in case the air-conditioning gets too cool. Also, nursery rhymes and children’s poetry books. All course material can be purchased from West Music at a special discounted price.

Course Daily Schedule

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Course Requirements

  • 100% attendance; Participation in all activities; Successful completion of all written assignments.

What to expect

  • If you’ve never been to an Orff class, you are in for a wonderful surprise! We will spend as much time experiencing activities, games, songs, traditional dances, creative movement, and playing child-centered instruments as we will be sitting in a chair. We will work individually, in small groups, and all together with the other participants standing, and on the floor, so wear comfortable clothes in layers to pull off and put on when necessary. We will laugh, be able to artistically express ourselves, and take deep dives into serious aspects of music education. 
  • There will be homework every evening including readings, journaling, and compositions that should take about an hour of concentrated time.
  • We hope you will leave this course with friends who can support you and help you in your music teaching journey throughout the year.

Special Topics Presenters

Dr. LJSU_Lisa Beckley-Roberts_Chair picisa Beckley-Roberts, Associate Professor of Musicology, earned her doctorate in Ethnomusicology and Masters Degrees in Ethnomusicology and Harp Performance at Florida State University, after having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Harp Performance from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.  Dr. Beckley-Roberts has taught courses including Minority Music in America, American Roots Music, American Popular Music, World Music Cultures and African Music and Dance in addition to guest lecturing and presenting papers on Africana religious practices and the role of music in them, Peruvian shaman ritual chanting, and the creation of sacred space through music.  She is also an accomplished performer who has been principal harpist with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra, has performed with orchestras throughout the Southeast, and maintains an active performance career having accompanied singers with the neo-soul and hip-hop performers of Tallahassee Nights Live.