Orff & Kodály Faculty

ORFF LEVEL COURSES


 

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Joyce Stephansky
Director of the Program & Pedagogy Instructor
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Joyce Stephansky teaches music and movement in the Fairfax County Virginia Public Schools and Undergraduate Music Methods at George Mason University. She has experience as a choral, music, and movement teacher in kindergarten through sixth grade in the Prince George’s County, Maryland public schools, and the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. She completed her Master of Arts Degree and Orff Certification at George Mason University, with additional work in Orff studies and a Master Class at St. Thomas University. Ms. Stephansky has presented at AOSA National Conferences, and for Orff chapters in the areas of integration and Orff process.

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Betsy Sebring
Pedagogy Instructor
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Betsy Sebring has taught general music classes and directed children’s choirs since 1998. She has taught early childhood, elementary, and middle school students in public and private schools in Maryland and Virginia. Ms. Sebring has served on the board of the MAC-AOSA chapter in many capacities. She serves on AOSA’s National Board of Trustees as one of the Region IV Representatives. She presents workshops for local chapters, national conferences, and teaches Orff Levels I and II. Ms. Sebring spent the 2010-2011 school year at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria studying Advanced Topics in Music and Movement Education. She currently teaches in Washington D.C.

 

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Matt McCoy
Pedagogy Instructor
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Matt McCoy teaches elementary music and choirs at the Emerson School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to his time at Emerson, Mr. McCoy worked in various educational contexts including public and independent schools, children’s choir organizations, and universities in both the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States. As a clinician specializing in process-based teaching, Mr. McCoy is a frequent presenter at AOSA National Conferences and at local chapters around the United States.


Shoshanah Drake
Pedagogy Instructor
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Shoshanah Drake teaches general/vocal music Head Start – 5th grade and writes general music curriculum for Montgomery County Public Schools where she has taught for more than 25 years. She is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of AOSA and an active member of MMEA. Ms. Drake presents workshops at local, state, and national conferences and teaches Level I Orff Schulwerk certification classes at George Mason University.

 


John Barnes
Recorder Instructor
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John Barnes currently teaches general music to students in grades two through eight at Georgetown Day School after spending nine years teaching in Loudoun County Public Schools. He has served in several capacities on the board of MAC-AOSA and is currently a member of the AOSA Advocacy Subcommittee. Mr. Barnes enjoys working with fellow teachers, presenting workshops for various local chapters of AOSA, and teaching recorder pedagogy in summer Orff-Schulwerk Certification Programs. He completed his Orff-Schulwerk certification and Level IV coursework at George Mason University and apprenticed at The University of St. Thomas. Mr. Barnes earned a bachelor of science degree in music education at Duquesne University and a master’s degree in saxophone performance at the University of Florida.


Mary Evans
Movement Instructor
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Mary Evans has taught music and movement to all ages, from babies to adults, since 1996. She received her music education degree from Indiana University, her Orff-Schulwerk certification from the University of St. Thomas, and her M.Ed. with emphasis in integrated arts from Lesley University. She studied creative dance education with Anne Green Gilbert in Seattle, WA. Ms. Evans also studied music and dance education in the year-long “Special Course” at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She has taught Movement in the Orff Levels course in Richmond, Va, since 2009. She currently teaches K-4 music and movement in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ms. Evans is very excited to join the GMU Orff faculty this year!

 

 

KODÁLY  LEVEL COURSES


 

Beth Anne Young, Kodaly training
Beth Anne Young
Director of the Program
Choral Studies and Choir Instructor

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Beth Anne Young, is a Choral and Classroom Music Specialist at the John T. Nichols Middle School in Middleboro, MA, where she teaches Grades 6-8 Classroom Music and conducts the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Choruses. She has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA and a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. She completed both her Orff and Kodaly Certification at George Mason University. She is a member of OAKE and NaFME. She has been a middle school choral/classroom music specialist much of her 33 years as a teacher.

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Ginger Albertson
Pedagogy Instructor
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Ginger Albertson teaches a Kodály inspired program at Eagle View Elementary, ​in​ the Fairfax County Public School system. She teaches Kindergarten through 6th grade General Music, and directs ​5th and 6th grade choruses.​ Ms. Albertson holds a BS in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where she was a voice major. She earned her MA in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Ms. Albertson earned her Kodály certificate at George Mason University.  She serves on the board of the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators as a member-at-large, is a certified teacher mentor, and a member of NAfMe. Outside of her teaching, Ms. Albertson is an active member of Sweet Adelines International, and sings with the Vienna-Falls Chorus in Fairfax. She is the Associate Director for her barbershop chorus, and sings in a competing quartet.

 

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Robbin Marcus
Materials and Folk Song Analysis Instructor
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Robbin Marcus resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is the Kodály program director at George Mason University. Additionally, she teaches piano lessons to students of all ages, is an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and serves on the OAKE board as a Member At Large. She is the editor of “Quench” for Well For the Journey in Baltimore. Previously, Ms. Marcus spent twenty-five years as the lower school music specialist at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, Maryland and has served four terms in various offices on the OAKE board. She is a well-known traditional dance leader and an advocate for accurate performance styles in the music classroom. She has conducted numerous workshops for OAKE national conferences and local chapters. Ms. Marcus served on the Kodaly faculties of Webster University, the American Kodaly Institute and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland.

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Sarah Meadows
Musicianship Instructor
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Sarah Meadows currently teaches preschool music at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She has also taught in public schools in Maryland and Virginia, as well as Kodály musicianship classes for the National Children’s Chorus in NYC. She holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She completed her Kodály Certification at George Mason University and served on the board of the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators. She currently serves as secretary for the Kodály Organization of New York. Ms. Meadows performs as both an accompanist and a choral singer. She sang as a member of The Washington Chorus in Washington, D.C. and The Oratorio Society of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL COURSE FACULTY


 

Keith Hudspeth
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Keith Hudspeth teaches general and choral music at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. He received a BM in Voice and Education from UNC Charlotte, a MM from Rice University, attended various operatic young artist programs, and completed Orff Certification at George Mason University. Mr. Hudspeth teaches supplemental courses at Mason with a focus on choral programming and performing.

Kris Olson
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Kris Olson has taught music and movement for 30 years. She teaches workshops across the country and has offered classes in movement at various universities. Ms. Olson has her master’s degree in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. She studied dance at Zenon Dance Company while living in Minneapolis and now lives in Lubbock, TX, where she is a member of Flatlands Dance Theatre and leads the Border Morris Sides “Brother’s Grimm” and “Sister’s Grimm.” While in Lubbock, Ms. Olson taught dance as an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University. She currently teaches early childhood family music and dance classes and “Musicality through Movement” to ages 5-12.

 

Manju Durairaj
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Coming soon!

Leah Kmetz
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Leah Kmetz is a music teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern VA. She has a dual degree in Music Education and Music Therapy from Slippery Rock University and a Masters’s Degree in Music Therapy from Shenandoah Conservatory. Currently, she sits on the board for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of AOSA. She is the current recipient of the Schott Orff Outstanding Educator Award which afforded her a full scholarship to complete her Level III Orff Certification and the use of a limited edition instrument.

 

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Matt McCoy (see above)

Nicole Anderson-Morgan
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Nicole Anderson-Morgan teaches music in Fairfax County Public Schools. Over her 17-year teaching career, she has taught at every grade level from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in New York City, District of Columbia Public Schools, and now Fairfax County Public Schools. She has served in the role of District Course Chair for the DCPS Arts Department, leading professional development for other music teachers in the district. She has also written and developed curriculum for the Cornerstone Projects, the DC Youth Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Anderson-Morgan Nicole attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergrad and graduate school, and received her Orff Schulwerk and Kodály certifications from George Mason University.

 

Robbin Marcus, Kodaly workshops

Robbin Marcus (see above)

Beth Anne Young, Kodaly training

Beth Anne Young (see above)

 

 

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