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Ellen Koziel – Basic, Level 1

Ellen Koziel is currently a music teacher with Shelby County Schools (formerly Memphis City Schools) at Cordova Elementary School. Under her direction, the Cordova Cougar Cub Choir has performed for ArtsFest, the Memphis City School Board, Ballet Memphis' production of The Nutcracker as well as various school and community events. She was a member of the development team for the Tennessee Fine Arts Teacher Evaluation Pilot and served as a peer reviewer as well as a mentor teacher for the Memphis City Schools Orff music program. She was given the Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence in 2007.

A Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Mrs. Koziel holds a Master of Music degree in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Memphis as well as Orff certification through the Masters level. She has taught Level I and recorder for the summer Orff Levels courses at the University of Memphis and Dekalb County, Georgia. She was the first General Music Chairperson for the Tennessee Music Education Association where she proposed, developed and chaired the first Tennessee Treble Choir event. Mrs. Koziel is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and has served as president of the West Tennessee General Music Association and the Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. In the fall of 2005, she was awarded the Endorsed Trainer Certificate from the Music and Movement division of the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.


Dr. Carol King - Recorder, Level 1

A native of Tennessee, Carol King received her Orff certification from Memphis State University (University of Memphis) and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her 32 years of experience in the Memphis City Schools Orff Program included serving as acting supervisor of that program, writing curriculum and mentoring other teachers in the program.   Carol has presented sessions at national music conferences in the United States and Canada and taught numerous workshops for chapters of the American Orff–Schulwerk Association. Over the years, she has served as the recorder instructor for Orff Certification courses in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. Carol's student recorder ensemble performed at the 2001 AOSA conference in Cincinnati, and her publications include a guide to teaching beginning recorder and arrangements for recorder ensemble.


Dr. Patrick Ware – Movement, Level 1

Dr. Patrick Ware is an active clinician and choral conductor at the local, state and national levels. An 18-year veteran teacher, he holds a B.A. in Music from Westfield State University, MS Ed from Radford University and a DMA from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University. Patrick is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood/Music. Having completed his Level III Orff-Schulwerk Certification and Movement Apprenticeship at George Mason University and subsequently completing his Basic Pedagogy Apprenticeship at University of Nevada Las Vegas he has taught movement and recorder at the Carnegie Mellon Orff Certification Program as well as for the Worcester Public Schools Orff Certification Programs. He is a former President of the Virginia Elementary Music Educators Association. Patrick has several compositions in print through Beatin' Path Publications including works for treble choir and works for Orff Ensemble. Dr. Ware teaches k-5 General Music and Chorus in Prince William County Virginia. Special focuses in his classroom and courses include Jazz improvisation, the use of literature and arts integration across the curriculum as well as music for special learners.


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