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Orff-Schulwerk

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What is Orff?

Developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, this dynamic approach to learning music offers active and creative musical experiences through a combination of speech, body percussion, singing, playing instruments, and movement. The Orff approach emphasizes the value of exploration, discovery, and critical thinking in the music classroom and encourages students to be creative and collaborative!

Our classes are filled with singing, clapping, moving, and playing - all the fun things children ages 3 to 7 love to do! Learn more about the Orff approach today!

  • Fall 2017 Schedule: Classes begin September 11
    • 3-4 year old class: Mondays from 4:15-5pm
    • 5-7 year old class: Mondays from 5:15-6pm
  • Tuition: $130 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall room 113
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Rachel Read, 3-4 year-old Instructor

Rachel Read, a Stetson University alumna, holds her Bachelor's degree in Music Education and was the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Music Educator Award from the university. She is currently the K-5 general music teacher at Rainbow Elementary School in Winter Springs, Florida where she utilizes the Orff Schulwerk method of teaching with her 750 wonderful students. She earned her Level One Orff Schulwerk certification through the Central Florida Orff Chapter in conjunction with the University of Central Florida in 2017, and looks forward to earning her Level Two certification in 2018. Rachel is an active member of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Rachel Read

Erin Coatney, 5-7 year-old Instructor

Erin Coatney, an alumna of Stetson University, graduated with Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance in 2015. She is currently in her third year of teaching at DeBary Elementary School where she serves as the music specialist, teaching K-5 classes as well as directing the chorus and Orff ensembles. Erin had the honor of being a director for the Volusia County All-County Orff Ensemble in 2017 and was named DeBary Elementary School’s First Year Teacher of the Year in 2016. In her classroom, Erin teaches 800 students utilizing the Orff-Schulwerk method, allowing her students to explore and create as they learn the basic fundamentals of a comprehensive music education.

Erin has spent the past two summers taking Levels One and Two in the Orff-Schulwerk certification process. She is looking forward to taking her final level and earning her full certification next summer. Erin is an active member of both the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association. Additionally, she works very closely with the Central Florida Orff Chapter where she serves as the representative for Volusia County.

Erin Coatney