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A Two-Day Intensive Workshop for Music Educators

This course was successfully completed August 3rd and 4th, 2022

We hope to offer more classes for Music Educators in the future.!


Location: Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center

Fee: $250 (includes lunch)

Act 48 Credits

Summer is an essential time for elementary general music teachers to rest, reset, and regroup for the upcoming school year. This summer, Seton Hill University has gathered local general music educators with key specializations in Orff, Kodaly, Music Learning Theory, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics to offer you a two-day intensive workshop. Topics will address curriculum and lesson planning within these key elementary general music methodologies as well as special focus sessions on assessment and interdisciplinary approaches for your classroom. For those interested, ACT 48 Credits will be available through PMEA.

Seton Hill University COVID-19 protocol asks that attendees are vaccinated.  Those who are not vaccinated should wear a mask.

Day One Schedule

9:00 am - 10:30 am (session 1)  Charlotte Rudolph (Orff topic)

10:45 am -12:15 pm (session 2)  Charlotte Rudolph (Orff topic)

12:15-1:15 Lunch break

1:15-2:45 pm (session 3) Jaime Rea (Dalcroze topic)

3:00 - 4:30 pm (session 4)  Jessica Vaughan-Marra (Special Topic)

Day Two Schedule

9:00 am -10:30 am (session 5)  Dave Verno (Kodaly topic)

10:45 am - 12:15 pm (session 6) Dave Verno (Kodaly topic)

12:15-1:15 Lunch break

1:15-2:45 pm (session 7) Shawn Funk (Special topic)

3:00 - 4:30 pm (session 8)  Jessica Vaughan-Marra (Special Topic)

Session Descriptions

Session Topic: Kodaly-Beyond the Solfège and the Hand Signs: An Intro to Kodály-Inspired Teaching

Presenter: Dave VernoPhoto of Dave Verno

Kodály-inspired teaching is so much more than singing in solfège and using hand signs. Through joyful music-making and discussion, participants will explore Kodály-inspired teaching, including the philosophy, methodology, and tools of the method. Topics will include sequencing long-term planning and short-term instruction, examining a constructivist approach to music literacy, infusing music literacy into lessons, examining the use of various teaching media, and collecting and organizing songs and activities for teaching.

Dave Verno is an Elementary Music Teacher in the Gateway School District where he teaches K-4 General Music and 4th Grade Chorus. He holds a Master of Music in Music Education from Capital University and a Kodály Certificate from the Kodály Institute at Capital where he researched the implications of Culturally Responsive Teaching for the Kodály-inspired teacher. He is also a 2010 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.S. in Music Education and a B.F.A. in Music Performance concentrating in flute.

Dave has presented sessions on Kodály-inspired teaching at PMEA, PCMEA, and PGTAOSA workshops and conferences. In addition to Kodály certification, he has completed the Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy course at WVU. He is a past president (2017-2019) of the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Chapter of AOSA and continues to be an active member.

Dave also enjoys singing Bass 1 with the Summer Singers of Voces Solis and playing 2nd Flute with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. When he is not teaching or performing music, he can be found singing and playing with his newborn daughter and walking his English and French bulldogs.

Session Topic: Orff

Presenter: Charlotte Rudolph

Session 1: It’s all about the Process!

It's not just about the performance, it’s all about the process!  The journey to the performance is the period in which our students are fully immersed in active music-making and has the potential to awaken every child’s ability to be musical beings. Embrace this amazing period of learning through developing and creating authentic musical experiences with your students that will energize your classroom, foster critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, as well as joy!  Kid-tested strategies for preparing, developing and creatively extending repertoire will be experienced by participants.

Session 2: Come Sing, Say, Dance and Play; the Orff Artistic Media Way.

Actively engage your students through enhanced music-making and learning opportunities guided by the philosophy and elements of the Schulwerk. With singing, body percussion, barred and unpitched percussion instruments, movement, recorder, speech and drama, the possibilities for creativity and in-depth understanding are endless and exciting. Participants will explore various artistic media and unleash the unlimited potential that the Orff approach has in your classroom! 

Charlotte Rudolph loves to teach and create music and has been enthusiastically doing so with the students of the South Fayette School District for the past 16 years. Helping and watching children grow as musicians and people is her aspiration and joy. As the 2020 recipient of the PMEA District 1 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award, Charlotte is a certified teacher educator for AOSA levels courses and has presented at numerous music education conferences and workshops. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Duquesne University. Currently, Charlotte serves as the Secretary of the South Fayette Education Association, co-chair of the Teacher Advisory Council for the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, and as Parliamentarian of the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle AOSA Chapter. 

Session Topic: Dalcroze Finding Musical Nuance Through Movement

Presenter: Jaime ReaJaime Rea

Jaime Rea is in her 15th year as an elementary music teacher for the Moon Area School District, where she teaches elementary general music for grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. She also conducts two elementary choral ensembles at both J.H. Brooks and McCormick Elementary Schools. Jaime holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Duquesne University. Jaime also achieved the Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. For the past 12 years, Jaime has served as the Eurhythmics Instructor for the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus Summer Camp at William and Jefferson College. She also serves on the Teacher Advisory Board for the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus. Jaime has given various Eurhythmics workshops for teachers and students throughout the Green Pittsburgh Region. She is a member of Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Dalcroze Society of America.

Session Topic:  Assessing in the Moment-Meaningful, Relevant, Formative Assessments for General Music

Presenter: Shawn Funk

In this session, teaching repertoire for grades K-5 will be outlined for varying levels that allow the teacher to notate meaningful, real-time assessments while class continues in a regular format. Regardless of whether formal grading occurs in general music, this data is critical when differentiating instruction.  

Shawn Funk Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Youth Chorus since 2015, Shawn Funk has been working with young photo of Shawn Funkvoices for more than 30 years and recently retired from Fox Chapel School District after 32 years of service in public school music education. In addition to his teaching appointment there, he served as the district’s music department chair for 17 years. He has held adjunct professorships in music education and piano at Clarion University, Point Park University and Duquesne University, and he currently serves as a part-time faculty member at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education as piano and voice major and a Master of Music degree in piano performance. 

In music education and performance, he holds postgraduate credits from the University of Memphis, Northwestern University, Penn State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Colorado. He holds level III Orff Certification from the University of Memphis.   

In 2011, he received Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s “Citation of Excellence Award” for his work in the area of music education. He has been a featured presenter at numerous national conferences of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, state, division, and national NAfME conferences, as well as state, division and national ACDA conferences.   Currently, he serves as the Youth Choir R & R Coordinator for ACDA-PA, as well as Artistic Director for the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus. 

Session Topic 1: Learning from Each Other: Connecting Elementary General Music Curriculum to Visual Arts

Presenter: Jessica Vaughan-Marra, PhD

Within general music education we have a responsibility to not only foster musical independence in our students but also help them identify how all arts are creative processes. This session will be reviewing approaches to lesson activity development that connect music learning to visual art through the pedagogical practices known as the facet model. Session attendees will experience lessons as well as get opportunities to brainstorm and collect materials for future lesson plans. 

Session Topic 2: Sound before Sight and Everything Nice: MLT in the Elementary General Music Lesson

Presenter: Jessica Vaughan-Marra, PhD

Dr. Jessica Vaughan-Marra is the Coordinator of Music Education at Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA) and photo of Jessica Vaughan-Marrarecently completed her Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in string pedagogy at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Prior to beginning her Ph.D. coursework in 2015, she taught instrumental music for nine years in the Cupertino Union School District (Cupertino, CA). She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she completed her B.S. in Music Education in 2006 at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). She received her M.M. Music Education in 2010 from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She is an active member of: The National Association for Music Educators (NAfME); Society for Music Teacher Educators (SMTE); Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). Along with being an active ASTA member and conference presenter, she is also the Chair of the ASTA Mentoring Project Committee. Her research interests include: new teacher digital mentoring, instructional technology in the music classroom, and student motivation. 

The Summer General Music Workshop is presented by the Department of Music in partnership with the Community Arts Program at Seton Hill University.

Questions? Contact Michelle Walters at (724) 552-2923 or