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Summer Music Program Faculty

Rachel GrimsbyRachel Grimsby
First Steps in Music

Rachel Grimsby is a passionate educator, with experience teaching elementary general music and choral music. In 2002 she earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Carolina, and in 2010 graduated from The University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music with a Master of Music Education. Rachel is currently working on her doctorate at Michigan State University where she is a graduate teaching assistant, oversees undergraduate student teachers, and has served with the community engagement program. Her research interests include music and language acquisition in students with special needs, how music may benefit those with language delays, the development of professional development for in-service teachers and course work for undergraduates in teaching music to the exceptional learner. Rachel is the co-author of two publications; First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk, and Feierabend Fundamentals: History, Philosophy, and Practice. Rachel is fully certified in Kodály and Orff and is also a teacher trainer for both First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege Level 1 and 2. Rachel is also a member of AOSA, OAKE, NAfME, and is a founding member of FAME. She lives with her husband and two children in Lansing, Michigan.

Craig KnappCraig Knapp
Conversational Solfege – Beginning Music Literacy
First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk

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Billy FergusonBilly Ferguson
Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Program
Level I – Pedagogy & Ensemble
Levels I and II – Special Topics

Billy Ferguson is a 30-year veteran of music education in Texas public schools. He recently retired as the music specialist at McKamy Elementary in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Billy completed Orff levels 1 and 2 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and Level 3 and Master Class at the University of Memphis. In 2008 he attended the International Summer Course for Movement and Music Education at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. His Orff ensemble was invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention in 2007, 2014 and 3 times he has been named Teacher of the Year. Mr. Ferguson’s elementary school Orff Ensemble performed at the 2017 AOSA National Conference. Billy has presented workshops at local, state and national level. Billy is a co-owner of Sweet Pipes and is the Past President of the North Texas Chapter of AOSA.

Patrick WarePatrick Ware
Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Program Level II – Pedagogy & Ensemble
Levels I and II – Movement
Levels I and II – Special Topics

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Donna BasileDonna Basile
Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Program
Levels I and II – Recorder

Donna Basile recently retired from the Harborfields School District where she taught elementary classroom music for 25 years. Prior to that she taught in the Longwood School District. Donna has been a clinician for PEAK festivals in Nassau, Suffolk and Ulster counties and has presented recorder workshops on the local, state and national levels. Ms. Basile holds degrees in both music and special education. She is also a member of the Recorder Orchestra of New York, a member of the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Executive Board as chairperson for the SCMEA Recorder Festival and is a Past-President of the Long Island Orff-Schulwerk Association. Ms. Basile is one of the New York State teachers that is featured in the "NYSSMA Music Views" DVD and serves on the NYSSMA Classroom Music Committee as the Elementary Summer Conference Chair.