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A Little Bit About Me…

I received my certification in Orff Schulwerk from the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013 and have since furthered my professional development with workshops in the Mid-Atlantic region and a Jazz Course with Doug Goodkin in the summer of 2014. I apprenticed in movement with Janie Vance in the summer of 2015 at the Villanova Orff Course in Philadelphia and I am an Orff Schulwerk Approved Teacher Educator of Movement. In the summer of 2017, I taught Movement at the Winthrop Orff Course in Rock Hill, SC and in 2018, I taught Movement for Teacher Educator courses in Rock Hill, SC and Portland, OR. I am also proud to be recognized as Annandale Terrace Elementary School’s 2017 Teacher of the Year and was the Spotlight Award recipient for Summer 2017 from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. I am excited to be in my tenth year teaching Elementary Music & Movement as I start my new adventure at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC.

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I also offer professional development opportunities to fellow educators – both inside and outside the music realm. I am a certified Orff Schulwerk Teacher Educator for Movement Levels I, II and III and a workshop presenter on Responsive Classroom for general education teachers and music teachers, Orff Schulwerk, elementary music, non-verbal communication, effortless movement, and jazz in the elementary classroom. Check out my Workshops page for more info on inviting me to your school, district, chapter or state!

I enjoyed your session so much! It was exactly what I’ve been searching for! – Judi Thomas

I also enjoy writing and have been published in various Orff publications and contributed to Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areasa book for specialists on Responsive Classroom. Finally, I serve as Vice President of the Middle Atlantic chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and am an editorial board member of The Orff Echo, a quarterly music education journal.

I received my Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Make sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook and subscribe to my YouTube!