Dr. Ran Whitley
Ran Whitley is a Professor of Music Education at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC where he holds the Alma Dark Howard Endowed Chair of Music. His course offerings at Campbell University include music theory, elementary music methods and children’s music ministry. He earned the DM degree in Music Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as a PhD in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ran holds current teacher licensure in North Carolina in both Music Education (K-12) and ESL (K-12). His Orff training includes Orff Levels I-III and the Orff Master Class from the University of Memphis. Ran has over 45 years of experience in elementary music including public school teaching, children’s music ministry, theory/counterpoint instruction and teacher education. Some of his publications include Orff orchestrations, hand-held instrument accompaniments and Boomwhacker arrangements with Macie Publishing Company. In addition, several of his recent articles have been featured in The Orff Echo. Ran frequently conducts virtual and live clinics and workshops and spends his summers teaching elementary music in Honduras and Cuba. Ran also performs extensively in North Carolina as a jazz musician. He is married to Donna and has five children and three grandchildren.
Anita received a bachelor’s degree in K-12 music education from Boise State University, master’s in K-12 education administration from Northwest Nazarene University and all three Orff certification levels from U.N.L.V. Anita has been teaching for twenty-one years in the Kuna School District in Idaho and has served as the District K-12 Music Curriculum chair. She currently teaches at Silver Trail Elementary and has taught general music, beginning band and an audition percussion ensemble. In addition, she’s had fifteen student teachers from BSU and participate on various school district leadership committees. For three years, Anita was the director of the Western Idaho Elementary Music Festival Currently, Anita is a consultant for Macie Publishing Company providing workshops and professional development days for various organizations and school districts across the country. She’s held various positions on the Idaho Orff Board and in 2010, her audition percussion ensemble performed at the A.O.S.A. national music conference in Spokane, WA. She is past President of the Idaho Orff Board and received the Kuna School District educator of the year award for both Teed and Hubbard Elementary. In 2013, Anita was nominated for the Grammy Music Educator Award. In 2017, she was awarded the KSD Kuna Way Award for putting kids first. Anita and her husband, Travis travel the Pacific Northwest frequently with their pup, Cadee. They enjoy hiking, the coast and spending time with family.
Roxana Han received her BA in Music and French from Kalamazoo College and her M.Ed. degree from Cambridge College. She was a J. William Fulbright teacher 1997-1998 at Gwangju Soon-Il High School in South Korea. She has 24 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools, K-12 music and 4-12 grade French.
Currently, Roxana is a general and vocal music teacher, and the 4th/5th grade choir director at Detroit Country Day Middle School. She uses diaphragmatic breathing, yoga and movement techniques to create a relaxing classroom environment. She is a pianist, violinist and vocalist and participated in orchestras and choirs when living in France and Korea. In addition, she learned the Korean Chang-Gu drum, which she enjoys very much.
Roxana is an active member of the Michigan Music Educators Association and has presented workshops for many of its members She is a wife and mom of three children ages 14, 12, 7. In her spare time, Roxana loves to travel, practice yoga and walk her dog, Hugo.
Lenna Harris is a veteran teacher of thirty-seven years, twenty-five of which were in Knowlton Township Schools, New Jersey where she taught piano, general, vocal and instrumental music. Lenna received her Bachelor’s Degree in piano and French horn from George Peabody College in Nashville. She was a 1995 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and has twice been named a Master Teacher by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, Lenna was included in the Who’s Who Among American Women and has served NAFME as a National On-line General Music Mentor. Currently, Lenna is a consultant for both Macie Publishing Company and Ed Sueta Music Publications. She is the author of Rhythm Pies – a colorful icon based method used to teach rhythm to K-5 students. She is the past director of the 65 member Nazareth Area Community Chorus. She is the organist and music director at her church and volunteers as a bugler for the American Legion. Lenna enjoys performing, attending church events, travelling and spending time with her cat, Amos.
Carolyn Sharpe has been teaching music for 25 years at every level from prekindergarten to post graduate music education. She holds a BMusEd from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota as well an MMEd from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.
She is currently a music specialist in Woodstock, Illinois where she teaches kindergarten through fifth grade and dual language classes which is aided by her fluency in Spanish. In addition, Carolyn is experienced in special education environments including emotional and behavioral disorders as well as communication disorders. She has adapted music for use in regular education classes and conducted music education research to ensure improved learner outcomes.
She leads the Woodstock elementary music team and has designed the district music curriculum to introduce students to variety of styles and cultures. She is certified in First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege and has presented both locally and at national music conferences. Carolyn is a member of both IMEC and NAfME. She is married with a 7 year old daughter.
Rina Sklar earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She holds a Master of Education from Cambridge College: National Institute of Teaching Excellence. Her Orff training includes Orff Levels I-III from the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Rina has been teaching elementary music in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District in Bridgewater, NJ for the last 15 years. Her course offerings include general music, recorder, world drumming, Orff and musical theatre. Rina places a special emphasis on special learners and mainstreaming students with autism in the general music classroom. Rina has developed special rubriks for rewarding recorder students and has implemented FlipGrid into her program. She has worked on curriculum planning and assessment for her school district and has written a guidebook for teaching music to students with autism. Rina frequently conducts virtual and live clinics and workshops and always concentrates on what students can do versus what they cannot. She is married to Jack and lives in Staten Island where she extensively participates in community and professional theatre and is also a professional singer in a band.