Thank you for your interest in Orff Courses at UMSL.

**Due to unfortunate circumstances, we were unable to offer the Orff Schulwerk program for the year of 2022 -- please check back for 2023!**

Registration will remain open until each course is full.

The course will be held in the Arts Administration Building on the UMSL campus. It is next door to the Touhill Performing Arts Center.

Graduate credit and housing are available for those who need it.


All courses are sanctioned by AOSA and have an outstanding faculty. Instructors are:

Julie Blakeslee

Julie Blakeslee (Recorder) - Julie Blakeslee taught K-6 music in Billings, MT for thirty years. She is currently the Education Manager for Alberta Bair Theater in Billings. She teaches recorder in AOSA certification courses at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and University of Montana. She completed her Orff training including Levels, Master and Curriculum courses at the University of St. Thomas. Julie is an active clinician, a National Board Certified Teacher, and past-president of Treasure State Orff.

Dan Guillick

Dan Gullick (Level I) - Dan Gullick teaches kindergarten through fifth grade music at Liberty Ridge Elementary, part of ISD 833, in Woodbury, Minnesota. He co-directs a fourth and fifth grade extra curricular choir and has founded a fourth and fifth grade Orff ensemble at his school. He holds a BA in music from Luther College and an MA in music education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. He is the department leader for elementary music teachers in ISD 833 for which he develops and presents professional development, and has supported the implementation of standards based grading. Dan is the current President of Minnesota Orff, is an AOSA digital mentor, and is an AOSA approved teacher educator.

Roger Sams

Roger Sams (Gestalt Course) - Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Vandercook College of Music and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, national, and international conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Poland, Spain, and Scotland.

Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways:  Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” and “Percussive Play.” He has published works for children’s choirs in the “Crooked River Choral Project” series and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round My Heart.”

David Thaxton

David Thaxton (Level II) - David Thaxton is from Sparks, Nevada where he is currently in his 27th year teaching Elementary music to pre-K through 6th grade.  As an AOSA certified teacher trainer for Orff Level I, II and III pedagogy and Level I and II recorder, David teaches Summer Courses in Reno, San Diego, Chicago and St. Louis.  David has presented workshops and clinics at local, state and national levels and presents to Orff chapters throughout the country.

He is also the Past President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of AOSA where he was co-founder of the Sierra Nevada Orff Festival. At the national level, he has served on the Editorial Board of The Echo Journal of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and the monthly online publication, Reverberations. He is currently the Treasurer for the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement, and has been the Creative Director and Lead Clinician for the Four Corners Young Musicians Summer Camp in Durango, Colorado since 2015.

David was also recently awarded the “Spotlight Educator Award” for the Winter of 2017 from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM), and is excited that his new book “Making Tracks: Recorder Explorations, Creations and Improvisations” is recently published through Sweet Pipes.

Kate Webster

Kate Webster (Movement) - Dr. Webster is a K-6 Music Specialist in the Stillwater Area Public Schools District near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kate has experience teaching general/vocal music and choir K-8. She is also a certified yoga instructor with an emphasis on vinyasa yoga, a practice embedded with movement. She completed her Orff training including Levels, Master, and Curriculum courses at the University of St. Thomas. Kate currently serves as the Past President of the MN Orff Chapter and is an active presenter at both state and national conferences. She teaches Movement Level I, II, and III at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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The Orff Schulwerk program at the University of Missouri - St. Louis is accredited by the American Orff Schulwerk Association.