Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education

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Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education

At the conclusion of this program, participants will receive a certificate of completion reflecting 6.0 CEUs earned. 

Level 1

Develop Orff-Schulwerk principles and techniques through instruction in recorder, pitched and unpitched percussion, singing, movement, and Orff process. The workshop is appropriate for all educators with a music degree. 

Level 3

Develop Orff-Schulwerk principles and techniques through instruction in recorder, pitched and unpitched percussion, singing, movement, and Orff process. The workshop is appropriate for all educators who have completed levels I and II at AOSA-approved institutions.

Meet The Instructors:

Leonard Davis

Leonard (Lennie) Davis teaches elementary music at the American School in Japan. Previously, Lennie taught early childhood music at the American School of The Hague in The Netherlands and taught for ten years in South Dakota before moving abroad. Lennie holds a master's degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and has completed all Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly Teacher Education Levels. He has taught Level I Basic Orff Schulwerk since 2017 and was co-editor for Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action (Schott, 2015).

Dr. Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor specializing in early childhood and general music teacher education. He holds degrees from Michigan State University, Syracuse University, and Temple University, and taught for 11 years in upstate New York. He has completed teacher education courses in Orff-Schulwerk, Music Learning Theory, Weikart, and Laban. He is the author of Strategies for Success in Musical Theatre and serves on Music Educators Journal’s advisory board.

Michelle Fella Przybylowski

Michelle Fella PrzybylowskiB.S, M.Ed., NBCT, American Orff Schulwerk Vice President, Orff Schulwerk Teacher Educator, Choral Music Experience, and Kodaly Certification, Currently teaching Cheltenham Elementary School K-4, Served -The Orff Echo-Editorial Board 2011-17; University of the Arts Orff Program Course Director, Level III Instructor, and Adjunct Senior Professor; Kent State University Instructor for Orff Levels II & III. Michelle presents workshops all over the U.S. Her major instrument is the harp. She is the wife of Ted, the mother of 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Laura Webster

Laura Webster is a music teacher specializing in elementary general as well as high school vocal arts at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights. Webster has been published in the Orff Echo, a scholarly journal of music education. As the former co-director of the Crooked River Ensemble, she taught children in grades 3-6 from the surrounding Northeast Ohio area who performed nationally. Webster is a current national workshop presenter and teaches courses in Orff Schulwerk certification at Kent State University. Webster is also a professional jazz and classical vocal soloist throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area.

Nick Wild

Nick Wild taught PreK-5 general music and chorus in Massachusetts public schools for 18 years. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English horn performance from The Juilliard School in New York and his K-12 music educator certification from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, past-President of the New England chapter, served eight years on The Orff Echo Editorial Board, and contributed to AOSA’s Teacher Education Curriculum Standards. Nick is an AOSA-approved Teacher Educator of recorder and elemental theory and presents workshops at the local and national level.


For program specific inquiries, contact Dr. Herbert Marshall at hmarsha6@kent.edu.

For registration inquiries, contact Judi Cash at jcash11@kent.edu or 330-672-8670.