Music Education Summer 2021 Courses

Professional development for music teachers and electives for current Kent State students of any major.

Questions? email Dr. Jay Dorfman, Music Education Coordinator


Orff Levels 1, 2, & 3 

Study the materials and techniques of the Orff Schulwerk method of music teaching. Students will learn from experts in singing, performing on instruments, and movement in this comprehensive approach to music instruction for children.

  • Dates: June 14-25 (no classes on the weekend)
  • Coordinator/Instructor: Dr. Butch Marshall
  • Guest Instructors: Manju Durauraj, Kristine Wolfe, Chelsea Thiel, Laura Webster
  • Registration: MUS 50295, Sections 1, 2, & 3

Music Learning Theory 

Focus on the Music Learning Theory created by Edwin Gordon. Students will learn about audiation and a sequential approach to developing musicianship.

  • Dates: June 28-July 9 (no classes on the weekend)
  • Instructor: Dr. Butch Marshall
  • Registration: MUS 50295 Section 4

Rock Band Performance & Pedagogy

Students will learn to perform in and teach rock ensembles and the associated instruments. Also featured will be lessons on composing, improvising, and organizing rock ensembles in schools.

  • Dates: July 10-16 (including weekend days)
  • Instructors: Dr. Jay Dorfman and Mr. Kevin Coyne
  • Registration: MUS 53264


  • Short, intensive and focused. 
  • In-person offerings.*
  • Housing and dining options available for those an inconvenient distance from Kent.*
  • Taught by some of the most sought-after educators in the field, including KSU faculty and guest instructors. 

Who are these courses for?

  • Current undergraduate and graduate Kent State students of any major. 
  • All current music teachers seeking to enhance their classroom practice.

Credit Information

  • 3 credit hours for current Kent State students (bachelor's, master's & doctoral).
  • Non-credit and CEU options available for teachers and community members. 


  • Online Master's students should speak to Jenna Sepúlveda, senior academic advisor, about registration.
  • All others, contact Dr. Dorfman at to register.


The Kent Campus resides in Portage County and must adhere to the state's guidelines for counties. Campuses may adjust operations when the state of Ohio COVID Risk Level status for their county is changed, including the addition of restrictions when the county risk level is raised, or the return to previous operations when the county risk level is lowered.

Participants residing in University housing must:

  • Provide proof of being fully vaccinated (2 weeks have passed since your last dose). You will be exempt from further testing. Or
  • Provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test taken with 90 days. You will be exempt from further testing. Or
  • Submit proof of a negative test 3-5 days before arriving on campus
    • Participants in the General Music and Orff-Schulwerk programs, who submit proof of a negative test 3-5 days before arrival, will be required to test again mid-way through the program.
      • The University can provide an At-Home kit to use in your room. Or
      • You can schedule testing with DeWeese Health Center.

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