Alvin ISD Summer Music Institute
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    AISD's Orff Levels I and II will be held at Melba Passmore Elementary in Alvin, Texas.


    Orff - Levels I & II
    June 1-12, 2020
    Early Registration Deadline March 1, 2020.

    • Learn to engage students with the creative Orff Schulwerk process!
    • Learn through singing, dancing, creating, playing
    • A whole year's worth of material in only two weeks!
    • Teacher work will focus on process, materials, recorder, movement, and composition


    Payment is due at the time of registration. You will not be added to the course roster until payment is received. Registration will close when each course is full. Enrollment is decided on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Course members must purchase their own materials. Alvin ISD will not be selling course materials.


    For further information, get in touch with our course administrator:
    Lauren Summa
    (281) 585-6696






    Level I

    Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree in Music or Music Education (or equivalent) OR Undergraduate Senior in Music Education


    Minimum: 14 participants
    Instructor: Kristine Wolfe and Shelly Smith
    Dates: June 1-12, 2020
    Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
    Location: Passmore Elementary, Alvin ISD




    Orff Level I is designed to introduce students to the media of the Schulwerk (Speech, Singing, Movement, Improvisation, and Composition). Basic Orff consists of literature, instrument technique, improvisation, composition, and pedagogy within a Pentatonic structure. Recorder consists of playing technique and classroom pedagogy. Movement consists of creative movement, comfort levels, and beginning dance techniques.


    Required Materials

    Music for Children Volume I, Murray Edition

    Rhythmishe Ubung

    Orff Schulwerk: Brief History, Description, & Issues on Global Dispersal - Shamrock 

    Sweet Pipes Soprano Book I

    Soprano Recorder (Recommended: Yamaha YRS 302B Soprano Recorder)




    Level II


     Prerequisites: Satisfactory Completion of an accredited Level I Course


    Minimum: 14 participants
    Instructor: Karen Benson and Shelly Smith
    Dates: June 1-12, 2020
    Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
    Location: Passmore Elementary, Alvin ISD




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    Orff Master Class


    Prerequisites: Satisfactory Completion of an accredited Level II Course


    Minimum: 8 participants
    Instructor: BethAnn Hepburn
    Dates: June 8-12, 2020
    Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Location: Hood-Case Elementary, Alvin ISD



    Join BethAnn Hepburn for Elemental Explorations! This course focuses on elemental movement and music cohesion as it relates to the philosophical underpinnings of the Schulwerk. Students will learn to create artistic experiences organically inspired by a myriad of sources: poetry, art, movement, and more. This week of collaboration focuses on generating opportunities for creation. 


    Required Materials

     Elemental Dance - Elemental Music, Michael Kugler
     Music for Children Volumes I-V





    Cost of Courses

    Levels I and II: Early Registration - $450, After March 1, 2020 - $500

    Master Class: $400

    Fees cover course registration only. Housing and course materials are the responsibility of the student.




    Register online:


    Create your account
    Select your course
    Pay with your credit/debit card
    If you are unable to register online, please contact Lauren Summa at


    You will be contacted when your application is complete and payment has been received.



    Enrollment Numbers


    Enrollment will be closed when courses are full. You will not be fully enrolled in a course until your payment is received.

    Courses that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements will be cancelled by March 15. Payment will be refunded.





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    Kristine Wolfe
    Level I Orff Pedagogy


    Kristine Wolfe teaches K-6 music at Portal Elementary in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Nebraska, where she also directs an after-school Orff Honor Ensemble. She holds a BM from Iowa State University and an MM from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Serving as the Program Chair for the Great Plains Orff Chapter, she is an active member of her local AOSA chapter. In her free time, Kristine plays oboe and is also a member of the Twelfth Night Recorder Ensemble.



    Karen K. Benson
    Level II Orff Pedagogy


    Karen K. Benson is a Past President of AOSA and served as 2017 National Conference Chair. She teaches music for grades PreK-5 at Cody Elementary School for the Millard Public School District in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition, she serves as a director for the district’s Orff Schulwerk Honors Ensemble. Karen teaches in several AOSA Teacher Education Levels courses, leads workshops throughout the United States, and has presented sessions at AOSA Professional Development conferences, Texas Music Educators Association, and Nebraska Music Educators Association state conferences. Her work as a performing musician includes playing saxophone, recorders, and singing as a member of Sing Omaha Master Chorale.



    Shelly Smith


    Shelly Smith has been teaching for 26 years. She instructs children in grades Pre K-5 at Mari Sandoz Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska. Sandoz is an All Title I School and English Language Learner magnet site that serves 375 students. Published in 2015, Shelly was a contributing author to Artful-Mindful-Playful in Action. Shelly teaches movement and recorder at several AOSA Teacher Education Certification courses and has served as a workshop clinician at numerous professional development music conferences, school districts, and AOSA regional chapters.



    BethAnn Hepburn
    Master Class - Elemental Explorations