Music Education Programs

Summer Term Music Workshops and Classes

This program will not be available Summer 2023.
It may return in 2024.

Hofstra University is proud to offer three amazing music education certification courses in the summer of 2022. Hofstra has scheduled courses approved and endorsed by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).

All Courses listed will be held In Person on Campus

Conversational Solfege - Beginning Music Literacy This course is no longer being offered Summer 2022.

Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Level 1 No pre-requisite needed July 11 - 22, 2022 This course is officially endorsed by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA)

Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Level 2 *Satisfactory completion of Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 required
July 11 – 22, 2022
This course is officially endorsed by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) 

These courses provide beneficial professional development for elementary classroom/choral teachers looking to enhance their skills, increase their knowledge of pedagogy, and acquire many great resources for their music classroom.

What is FAME?
The Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) was founded in 2012 to celebrate and share the unique teachings of Dr. John Feierabend with a wider audience of music educators.

The objectives of FAME are:
  • To promote the Feierabend philosophy of music education in the United States and in other countries and to encourage the aesthetic, musical and general growth of the individual at all stages of development.
  • To promote the Feierabend philosophy that all people have the potential to become "tuneful, beatful and artful," and that this should be developed in early childhood with the goal that all people will develop an interest in seeking out opportunities to sing together, dance together and be moved by expressive music.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and encourage the application of the Feierabend philosophy to the multi-ethnic, multicultural musical heritage of the United States and the world at large.
Get more information or become a member of FAME.
What is Conversational Solfege?
Conversational Solfege is a literature-based curriculum and pedagogical method that develops musical literacy. Based on models used to teach conversational foreign languages, Conversational Solfege develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm syllables and Solfege syllables at a conversational level, then gradually evolves into traditional notation. Through carefully sequenced activities, Conversational Solfege enables students to joyfully assimilate the skills and content necessary to be musically literate. Through various techniques, Conversational Solfege allows the acquisition of musical reading and writing, dictation, improvisation, and composition in an intuitive manner. Dr. Feierabend's curriculum and methodology has been adopted as the gold standard for music education in school districts both nationally and internationally. Participants will be certified by the Feierabend Association for Music Education.

Get more information or become a member of FAME.

What is Orff-Schulwerk?
Orff-Schulwerk is a creative approach to teaching and learning music through speaking, singing, playing instruments and moving. Created by composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the Schulwerk method is an exciting way to teach and learn music. This course is for .music teachers who wish to make music education a joyful, creative experience for both teachers and students through the Orff-Schulwerk process. Hofstra continues its long tradition of Orff-Schulwerk teacher training with a distinguished faculty. The program focuses on curriculum planning to meet New York State and National Association for Music Education standards. The course follows the curriculum approved by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). Each day includes ensemble, pedagogy, recorder, movement, and special topics.

Orff-Schulwerk Level I will include three hours of pedagogy, 75 minutes of soprano recorder, 75 minutes of basic movement and a special topic. Instruction will cover Orff techniques, rhythmic and melodic training, improvisation, the study of pentatonic scales, the ostinato, simple bordun accompaniments, and elemental forms. Prerequisite for Level I is the ability to read, write and analyze music.

Level III is for anyone who has successfully completed an AOSA approved Level II course.
Instruction will review the Level I and II techniques emphasizing the teaching process. Students will explore instrumental and vocal improvisation, review modal materials, advanced orchestration, including functional harmony (I-V, I-IV, I-IV-V), advanced recorder and movement. Students will teach two short lessons. Opportunities will be provided to fill in gaps, which may exist as a result of the shift in the AOSA curriculum effective 2013. Tenor and bass recorders may be added to soprano and alto for consort playing. Tactics and techniques for developing recorder lessons will be explored. Participants will develop choreographed dances utilizing concepts such as theme and variation, fugue, canon, and complex improvisational movement. Enrollment limited Prerequisite for Level III is satisfactory completion of Orff-Schulwerk Level I and II.

Note: Participants may only enroll in one level of Orff-Schulwerk certification. Levels I and Level II cannot be taken concurrently.

Get more information or become a member of AOSA.
Who should register?
Current music educators and graduate-level music education students may register for the program. Courses are three credits each. Participants who do not wish to receive graduate credit may register for non-credit.
Is there housing available on campus?
Please be advised that due to COVID-19, Hofstra University will not be able to provide on campus housing for the Summer 2022 term.
How can I reserve my spot?
Hofstra University music students can contact their advisor to register for summer courses. Non-Hofstra students should complete an Application for Nonmatriculated Graduate Study online. Admitted students will work with Graduate Admissions to complete a registration form to formally enroll in courses.

Following registration, a complete invoice will be available to you online in your Hofstra Student Portal. All payments should be made directly through your Hofstra Portal according to the payment deadlines at You may pay by Credit Card or electronic check. Credit Card transactions are subject to a 2.85% processing fee. For those wishing to pay with Cash, you will need to schedule an appointment with Student Financial Services. Please see for more information.

Questions about eligibility? Contact:
Summer Studies in Music
Department of Music – Shapiro Family Hall, 101B
160 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1600
Attn: Patricia Newberg

Summer Music Program Faculty

Billy Ferguson
Billy Ferguson
Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Program
Level I – Pedagogy & Ensemble
Special Topics
James Harding
James Harding
Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Program
Level II - Pedagogy & Ensemble
Special Topics
Patrick Ware
Dr. Patrick Ware
Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Program
Level I and II Movement and Recorder
Special Topics
Craig Knapp
Craig Knapp
Conversational Solfege – Beginning Music Literacy

Summer Term Music Workshops and Classes at Hofstra