Summer Training Faculty

Orff Schulwerk

Photo of Martina VasilMartina Vasil is Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Director of the Music Education Summer Institute at the University of Kentucky, which includes education in Modern Band, Orff Schulwerk, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She teaches undergraduate courses in general music methods and graduate courses in music education research and popular music education. She also supervises student teachers and cooperates with the College of Education to admit music education candidates into the Teacher Education Program. Prior to her appointment at UK, Dr. Vasil taught K–8 general music and 4–8 instrumental music (band and strings) in Pennsylvania, working in parochial and public charter schools in rural, suburban, and urban areas. She currently teaches preK–6 music at Lexington Montessori School.

Photo of Betsy KippermanBetsy (Kipperman) Sebring teaches PreK–5 music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal School in Washington, DC. She has taught Orff-Schulwerk certification courses around the country, including George Mason University and the University of Kentucky. Ms. Kipperman completed terms as past president of her local Orff Chapter as well as Region Representative of AOSA’s National Board of Trustees. She completed the year-long Special Course at the Orff Institute in 2011.

Headshot of Jay BroekerJay Broeker is the Director of Visual and Performing Arts at the Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Broeker holds both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk certification, and is a frequent clinician for national and state music education organizations. He is an instructor in summer music teacher education courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His choral arrangements are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Boosey & Hawkes.

Headshot of Diana HawleyDiana Hawley teaches elementary music and coaches teachers as an Instructional Strategist of Innovation in the Iowa City Community School District. She holds a BA in Music and Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College and an MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas. Before moving to Iowa, she taught in St. Paul, MN and at International School Bangkok in Thailand. Diana has taught Curriculum Development in Orff Schulwerk at University of the Arts at Villanova and was co-editor of Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action (Schott, 2015).

Photograph of Sarah RichardsonSarah Richardson teaches music and drama at Lake Country Montessori School in Minneapolis. Richardson trained and worked as a professional actor, primarily with the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune. She has Montessori certification and teaches movement and theatre in Orff courses around the country.

Photograph of Dr. Olivia YingerOlivia Yinger currently serves as a fellow of the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy and presents and publishes at the regional, national, and international level. In 2010, she co-authored a grant to expand and replicate the highly acclaimed Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare procedural support music therapy program through a project called Caring with the Assistance of Live Music (CALM), which received funding from the Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in HealthCare Partnership for Arts in Healing. In 2013, she co-founded the mUsiKcare program at the University of Kentucky with colleagues Vicki McVay and Lori Gooding. Dr. Yinger’s primary research interests are procedural support music therapy, neonatal and pediatric music therapy, music in gerontology, and music therapy for individuals with neurological disorders.

Dalcroze Institute

Photograph of Todd Anderson

W. Todd Anderson is active as a researcher in the field of music education and is a public school music teacher. Dr. Anderson holds the Dalcroze Certificate and License as well as Orff-Schuwerk Certification. He is a Master Teaching Artist of the American Eurhythmics Society and currently teaches PK–8 general music, chorus, and piano in New York City.

Photograph of Christen DillonChristen Dillon is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Education at the University of Kentucky and is the general music teacher at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary in Lexington, KY. Chris has taught in public, private, non-profit, and university educational settings in Kentucky, New York, and West Virginia. Chris holds the Orff-Schulwerk certification and is an apprentice instructor for the Dalcroze Summer Institute. He is a founding member of the Kentucky Eurhythmics Society and currently holds the office of treasurer.

Photograph of Holly SmithHolly Smith is a regular presenter at music education conferences and workshops across Kentucky. She teaches grades Pre3–8 general music, band, choir, and musical theatre at Ascension Catholic School in Louisville, Kentucky. She holds the Dalcroze Certificate as well as Orff-Schulwerk Certification. She is a certified instructor of Dalcroze eurhythmics of the American Eurhythmics Society and is President of the Kentucky Eurhythmics Society. 

Modern Band

Photograph of Bryan PowellBryan Powell is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at Montclair State University, New Jersey. Prior to joining MSU, Bryan served as the Director of Higher Education for Little Kids Rock, and the Interim Director of Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music. Bryan is a musician and music educator who worked as a public school music teacher in the New York City Department of Education.