Level I

Jackson State University
25th Orff-Schulwerk Summer Certification Course
July 19-30, 2021 – Level I Course

 

Level I

The Jackson State University Department of Music is pleased to relaunch the 25th Orff-Schulwerk Summer Certification Course. We will offer Level I 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.

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

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 (6.0 CEUs) : $740

Special Discount: Early Bird Registration Rate: $650 due by June 28, 2021

All Tuition payments are due by July 12, 2021.

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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


Registration

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Faculty

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.

 

 


Chelsea Thiel – Recorder

Chelsea Thiel has taught children in grades preschool through eight during her ten-year teaching career. She currently teaches at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk Approach and has taken her Level I General Music and Level I Early Childhood certification courses in Music Learning Theory. Chelsea is a frequent presenter in creative and innovative ways of teaching general music. She especially enjoys finding ways to include modern music in her classroom. She has presented sessions through her local Orff-Schulwerk chapter, Hathaway Brown School, OMEA, and the AOSA National Conference. She is a member of her local chapter of the American Recorder Society and enjoys learning to play along to the bass recorder parts on the tv show, The Mandalorian.


Meals

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.


Parking

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

8:00 AM – 4:30 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.