Michelle Fella Przybylowski is presently a Music Teacher for Cheltenham School District, in Pennsylvania at Cheltenham Elementary School, kindergarten-4th grade since 1991. She carries a certification in Orff Schulwerk from West Chester University and an AOSA teacher certification from the University of Massachusetts. She has received certification from the Choral Music Experience and Kodaly Certification. Michelle serves as the Program Chair for the Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association and Region V Representative for The American Orff-Schulwerk National Board of Trustees.
Michelle has earned a Bachelor of Science, B.S., in Music Education from Chestnut Hill College and a Masters in Music Education, M.M.Ed., from West Chester University. As an adjunct faculty member, Mrs. Przybylowski teaches at The University of the Arts, Chestnut Hill College offering course studies in Elementary Music Methods, Music for the Diverse Learner and Interrelated Arts. Annually, she offers workshops in the Orff Schulwerk Approach, Kodaly and Assertive Discipline. She has presented sessions for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, MENC Eastern Division conference, and the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference, Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association, and other AOSA chapters. She served as a member of the Education Advisory Council for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has presented teacher training in the Orff Schulwerk, Level I and II at Bridgewater State College, MA and Level I and II at West Chester University, PA, and The University of Massachusetts. She created and presented a music program in Taiwan the summer of 1998 working with pre-school and kindergarten children, “Teaching English Through Speech and Song” at Chen Kuo Kindergarten in Toufen.
Michelle has been teaching since 1980. At Cheltenham Elementary She has developed an Orff Schulwerk based Curriculum. She offers 3rd & 4th grade students a variety of musical ensembles, Orff Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble, Select Singers and Music Makers.
Many of the Cheltenham ELementary performances evolve from literature. Third and Fourth grade performance have been based on the books such as “My Many Colored Days” and “Water Dance”, and “Our Big Home.”and Second graders are exposed to performance through a mini-musical theatre production at the end of the year that grows from the literature they study in language arts, “Coyote and the Laughing butterflies”, Jabuti and Zomo.
Michelle’s major instrument is harp. She presently freelances for weddings and various events as well as performing with the Old York Road Symphony and the Bryn Athyn Orchestra. She also plays the organ for Sunday church services at St. Albert the Great Roman Catholic Church, Huntingdon Valley, PA.
When Michelle is not making music, she enjoys sea kayaking in Maine as well as local lakes. She also loves to knit, sew, and cook.
Her living room is a “music room” housing 5 harps, one double bass, a cello, violin, conga, hand drums, alto xylophone, alto glockenspiel, 5’ grand piano, recorder consort, guitar, flute, clarinet, talking drum, slit drum, and many small world percussion instruments, yes, there is still room for furniture, and books
Mrs. Przybylowski is the wife of Thaddeus for 27 years, mother of Nicholas, Rachel and Nora.
Class Schedule, Fall 2013
|M,W||05:00PM - 07:50PM||Hist. & Philo. Foun. in Mus Ed|
|F||08:30AM - 03:30PM||Music Ped III: Pre-K to Grd 4|
|T||05:30PM - 07:20PM||Student Teach Sem - Elementary|