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Orff | Feierabend Summer Programs


June 3-14, 2019, Troutt Theater Stage

Registration Closed - Classes at Capacity

Classes meet Monday through Friday of both weeks, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Orientation/registration: Monday, June 3, 2019 from 8:00-8:30 a.m. (At that time, all fees are required in full.) Click here for more details

First Steps in Music: A FAME (Feierabend Association for Music Education) Certification Course

June 3-6, 2019, Wilson Music Building Room 121

Registration Closed - Classes at Capacity

Classes meet Monday through Wednesday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with an hour break for lunch. Class meets on Thursday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Orientation/registration: Monday, June 3, 2019 from 7:30-8:00 a.m. (At that time, all fees are required in full.) Click here for more details

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For Further Information:
Contact Program Coordinator
Susan Ramsay or or call (615) 957-1287 or (615) 591-5708

Orff Schulwerk Certification Course 

Orff Summer Program, Level I
• Development of total child
• Natural communication through sound and movement
• Activities include speaking, singing, moving, playing unpitched and barred instruments and recorder
• Features creative movement, singing games and folk dance

Prerequisites for Orff Training Level I
*Bachelors Degree in Music or Music Education (or equivalent)
*Undergraduate Senior in Music Education

Level I:
Orff Pedagogy I: Basic Concepts (MUE 5320)
Minimum: 14 participants
Instructor: Susan Ramsay
Credit: 2 graduate semester hour
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Initial level draws from the three components of Orff-Schulwerk teacher training: experiential, conceptual, and pedagogical. Skills necessary to plan and implement a variety of Orff-Schulwerk music and movement activities are learned working with the materials and procedures of the Orff-Schulwerk instructional model. **Basic concerpts and Laboratory are taken concurrently.

Orff Pedagogy I: Laboratory (MUE 5330)
Movement and Recorder Minimum: 14 participants
Instructors: Susan Ramsay and Anne Schwartzenberg
Credit: 1 graduate semester hour
Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Initial level provides substantial experience-based learning that develops basic skills in movement, recorder, and the synthesis of music and movement through elemental styles/literature of global cultures. **Laboratory and Basic concerpts are taken concurrently.

First Steps in Music: A FAME Certification Course

FAME (Feierabend Association for Music Education)

The chief aim of the Feierabend Approach is to build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end this approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies that use quality literature. These goals remain of primary importance at any age as they serve as the foundation for all further musical development.

Accomplish these goals by learning authentic folk songs and folk dances and further the understanding and appreciate of music through making connections from folk songs and dances to masterworks.

Learning notation, playing instruments and giving performances are secondary goals and should be introduced only after individuals become tuneful, beatful and artful.  

Prerequisites for First Steps in Music Training

*Bachelors Degree in Music or Music Education (or equivalent)
*Undergraduate Senior in Music Education

First Steps in Music Workshop (MUE 5895)
Minimum: 14 participants
Instructor: John Feierabend
Credit: 1 graduate semester hour
Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. with an hour for lunch. Class ends at noon on Thursday.


Registration Closed - Classes at Capacity

Cost of Courses:

Orff Level I - $810 

First Steps in Music Workshop - $450


  1. Complete Online Registration Form - Registration Closed - Classes at Capacity
  2. Download Belmont University Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application
  3. Mail [to address below] the following:
  • completed BU Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application (see #2 above)
  • $50 non-refundable enrollment deposit (made payable to Belmont University)
  • official (unopened) copy of undergraduate transcript* from the college that granted the undergraduate degree

Belmont University Admissions
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN  37212

*Please ask the undergrad institution to mail your official undergrad transcript directly to the address above. Transcripts issued to the student will not be accepted.

  1. On the first day of the summer program, come prepared to pay (by check or credit card) the balance of tuition (i.e., cost of courses minus the $50 tuition deposit that will already have been mailed to Belmont—see #3 above)

An email with information regarding program requirements and schedule will be sent to each applicant after the pre-registration deadline.


Susan Ramsay
Orff Pedagogy I and Movement I

  • Serves as an adjunct instructor of music education courses for several universities
  • Named “Teacher of the Year” by Franklin Elementary School in the Franklin,TN Special Schools District
  • Recipient of the Award of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities from the Tennessee Humanities Council
  • Awarded National Board Certification in Music

Anne Schwartzenberg
Recorder I

  • Music Specialist at Marshall Elementary School in the Fort Campbell Independent School District
  • Recipient of Fort Campbell Superintendent’s Award
  • Active performer in the Cumberland Collegium, an early
    music ensemble
  • Professional member of National Flute Association and American Recorder Society

John Feierabend
First Steps in Music: A FAME Certification Course

  • John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development.
  • He is a professor of music and director of the music education division at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is past president of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators as well as a NAfME Lowell Mason Fellow.
  • A music educator for more than thirty years, he continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music.
  • His work is based on his belief that many generations can share common experiences such as traditional folk songs and rhymes, which can help develop a valuable but dwindling commodity – a sense of community.