Ms. Victoria Redfearn Cave, Learning Village Arts Department chair, was recently appointed to the Committee for Teacher Education and Development (CTED) of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). The committee designs educational opportunities for teacher trainers during the annual AOSE national conference, and organizes workshops and expert panels designed to tackle current pedagogical issues facing music and movement educators. Redfearn Cave, a national and international presenter and author for publications including the Orff Echo and Reverberations, will join the committee this year and chair the committee in 2021.
The American Orff-Schulwerk Association serves more than 5,000 educators nationwide. The organization's mission is to provide professional development to teachers who are using the Orff-Schulwerk approach in their classrooms. It provides summer certification training, regional workshops, digital mentorship, professional journals, online publications, and an annual national conference. The organization also supports teachers through scholarships, for training and school programs.
The Orff program began at St. Anne's-Belfield School in 2010. Both Ms. Victoria Redfearn Cave and Ms. Mary Evans are Level 3 certified Orff practitioners. Both received an Advanced Certificate in Music and Dance Pedagogy from the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria, a division of the Mozarteum. Both train teachers in summer certification programs through the national organization.