February 6th, 2021 - Matthew Stensrud
Topic: Introducing Responsive Classroom: Building a Community of Learners through Distance Learning
With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education, I furthered my elementary general music passion with a certification in Orff Schulwerk from the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013 and have continued ongoing professional development through studying dance, Responsive Classroom, jazz, and more. Now, I am honored to be an Orff Schulwerk Approved Teacher Educator of Movement and I currently teach Level I, II, and III movement at the Portland Orff Course in Portland, OR. I am currently in my tenth-year teaching music and first year at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington, DC. I also serve on the board of The Orff Echo and helped write the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas.
March 6th, 2021 - Drue Bullington
Drue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown and J.E. Fritz Elementary Schools at Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Drue has a rich and varied background in choral music as a conductor of children’s choral music, private studio instructor and professional choral singer. He is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania having received a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. Nearing completion, his second masters degree is in Online Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University.
He has done extensive post graduate study as well through masterclasses and an apprenticeship program at George Mason University.
Drue serves on the executive board in the office of Secretary for the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (www.acemm.us)
Drue has taught in several Orff Schulwerk Certification programs around the U.S. and offers numerous professional development and workshop sessions on elemental music and movement through the Orff Schulwerk approach incorporating technology, online teaching and learning strategies and integrating the soprano ukulele into the K-12 music classroom.
April 10th, 2021 Jennifer Patterson
Kansas City based elementary music specialist, Jennifer Patterson, is currently in her 11th year of teaching at Warren Hills Elementary School (Liberty, MO). With a background in dance, choir, musical theater, band and color guard, being an elementary music specialist was meant to be! She uses an eclectic approach that blends aspects of both Orff Schulwerk (levels and master class completed at Baker University) and Kodaly (levels from University of Central Missouri). She completed her Bachelors of Music Education from UMKC in '08 and her Masters of Arts from UCM in '17.
Patterson's student group "The Treble Makers" Orff ensemble has played at MMEA in 2016 and 2019 and will perform at the upcoming 2022 AOSA conference in Kansas City. She has presented professional development for MCDA in 2016 and 2018, is serving on the Missouri Music Educators Association advisory board, has a Teachers Pay Teachers store, and is a featured author in Activate magazine (Heritage Music Press).
***All 2020-2021 Due to COVID-19 all workshops for the 2020-2021 year have been moved to virtual platforms. Each workshop will last 2 hours running from 9:00am - 11:00am, CST***
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