Purposeful Pathways Course One:
Composition and Improvisation

with Roger Sams

Roger invites you to join him for this Teaching With Orff online course, which will empower you with structures to teach your youngest musical learners composition and improvisation so they can make their own music!
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Purposeful Pathways Course 1

In this course you’ll observe six lessons for young musicians (likely first and second graders) in workshop format from Purposeful Pathways Book 1, along with related commentary. Roger Sams models how to cultivate early skills in music literacy, composition, improvisation, and dance making through an integration of Orff Schulwerk, Kodály, and eurhythmics. You’ll discover the importance of moving children from imitation, into exploration, and then creation while learning how to hold artful space where students are impacted by the power of aesthetic experience.

About Your Instructor

Roger Sams has helped music teachers around the world discover their potential and become better educators by using the tools and techniques he shares in this course. With 31 years experience teaching music in public and private schools, Roger shares not only his methods and philosophies, but the wisdom from his experiences, as well. Now you can access Roger's training on your own schedule and learn what educators around the world have been raving about for years. He truly makes professional development personal with his unique style of delivering the highest quality training while making you feel like he's talking right to YOU--because he is!

Course Content Areas

  • Warm-up routine
  • Music literacy skills
  • Modeling musicality
  • Composing with icons
  • Composing with rhythmic building blocks
  • Improvisation using rhythms to be completed
  • Movement as a powerful learning tool
  • Creating powerful aesthetic experiences

Cool Things You Should Know

  • Online access to course available for one year from date of purchase
  • Work at your own pace
  • Repeat modules as many times as you'd like 
  • Perfect for license renewal or salary advancement
  • Graduate credit available

Credit Options

Upon successful completion of this course, you may request a certificate from Teaching With Orff verifying 21 hours of professional development contact time.

You also have the option of earning 1 hour of college credit through Ashland University. There is an additional $180 fee payable directly to Ashland University for this credit.

Required Course Materials

The lessons in this course are taken from Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Room, Book 1, written by Roger Sams and BethAnn Hepburn. This book is required material for this online course. If you do not yet own a copy, please click here to purchase the book.

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Purposeful Pathways Book 1 Online Course


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