Doug Goodkin (Level III, Course Director) recently completed his 42nd year teaching music at The San Francisco School to children from three years old through 8th grade. He is the author of eight books and publisher of other’s books through his company Pentatonic Press. He is a guest teacher for the Orff Institute’s Special Course and has given Orff workshops in over 45 countries worldwide. Doug received the Orff Pro Merito Award in 2000.
Rick Layton (Level II) teaches Orff Schulwerk and is the Upper School Performing Arts Chair at The Key School in Annapolis MD. He also teaches undergraduate music theory at the University of Maryland College Park. In addition to his undergraduate degree in music education, Rick holds Level III Orff Schulwerk Certification, and Master and Doctorate degrees in Music Theory. Rick has been a clinician at numerous American Orff Schulwerk chapter workshops and has presented regularly at the national conference of the American Orff Schulwerk Association since 1988. Rick’s international teaching includes the Orff Institute in Austria, Canada, Taiwan, Dubai and Australia.
James Harding (Level II) studied classical clarinet at Yale University and the Mozarteum in Salzburg and has played Balinese music in Gamelan Sekar Jaya since 1990. He currently teaches children from preschool through middle school at The San Francisco School, where he has taught since 1990. James was local co-chair of the 2007 Orff National Conference, gives workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada and has also taught in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Thailand and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book From Wibbleton to Wobbleton.
Sofía López-Ibor (Level I) studied flute, recorder and music education at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain and is a graduate of the two-year course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She is the president of Orff España, co-directs their summer course and teaches seminars and courses throughout the world. She is the co-author of Quien Canta Su Mal Espanta and author of the recently published Blue is the Sea: Music, Movement and Visual Arts in the Orff Schulwerk. With over 35 years of experience teaching children of all ages, Sofía recently completed her 21st year at The San Francisco School. She was awarded the Medallion of Honor from the Orff Forum in recognition of her work in training teachers throughout the world and the Herbst Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Paul Cribari (Level I) is an Orff Schulwerk teacher in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. There, he teaches Preschool through fifth grades, and conducts the school choir. Paul received his Master of Arts in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas and his Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University. In addition to his work with children, Dr. Cribari teaches workshops for Orff Chapters throughout the U.S., sessions at various music ed. conferences and AOSA National Conferences and Levels Trainings at three courses in the United States.
Christa Coogan (Movement Levels I and III) is on the faculty of the Department of Elemental Music Pedagogy /Conservatory for Music and Theater in Munich, Germany. Her extensive work with children and youth includes teaching dance and facilitating the creating of dance and music performances in schools and in refugee centers. She has been teaching at the Orff Institute for over 25 years and presents seminars and workshops throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas as a movement specialist in Orff Schulwerk. She holds a BFA degree in dance from the Juilliard School in New York and a MA in Dance Studies from the University of Salzburg.
Annette Bauer (Recorder, Levels I, II, III) has been enamored with the call of the recorder since she played her first few notes at the age of 5. Following her love for music, this path has led her to a diploma in medieval music from the Schola Cantorum in Switzerland, an MA in performance practice from UC Santa Cruz, in-depth study of classical Indian music at the Ali Akbar College of Music, a passionate interest in Brazilian percussion, and to her current job as a musician with TOTEM, one of the internationally touring shows of Cirque du Soleil. A graduate of the SF Orff Course herself, she has taught students from 0-92 years old in various settings. She currently has fun volunteering music classes once a week for the circus kids on tour.
Estevao Marques (Movement Level II) is a percussionist, dancer, author and educator from Sao Paulo Brazil. He has given numerous courses and workshop in Brazilian folklore and percussion throughout Brazil and in Colombia, Argentina, Turkey, Spain and the U.S.A. He recently received his Level III Certificate from The San Francisco Orff Course. He is the author of two books Colherim and Historias que Cantam and the co-author of Brincadeiras e Brincadeirinhas Musicais Palavra Cantada. all of which have received recognition for their innovative ideas for arts education. He was a featured presenter at the AOSA National Conference in San Diego, performs regularly with various groups in Sao Paulo and Spain and teaches both children and adults.
Kit Abele is a Music Specialist at Alta Vista Elementary School in Los Gatos, CA. She is a graduate of the SF International Orff Courses (2007-2009) and attended the Special Course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria (2010-2011). She has been the SFIOC Registrar since 2011.