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:
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
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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.
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 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.
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.
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Dr. Lisa 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.
Mr. Joseph and Andrea Coleman