We are thrilled to announce that David has joined our Board of Trustees and look forward to working together to help create exciting new opportunities for elemental music and movement!
David Thaxton is from Sparks, Nevada where is currently in his 24th year teaching Elementary music to pre-K through 6th grade. He studied under Elizabeth Gilpatrick, and Judith Cole at Colorado State University, UNC Greeley and the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received all three levels of Orff Certification, as well as studying under Kay Lehto at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to receive certification as an AOSA approved Levels Course Educator.
David teaches Level I pedagogy for the University of Nevada, Reno Summer Orff Course as well as the Orff Level I pedagogy and Level II Recorder for the San Diego Summer Orff Course. David has presented workshops and clinics at local, state and national levels and presents to Orff chapters throughout the country. He has also served as President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of AOSA where he was co-founder of the Sierra Nevada Orff Festival. At the national level, he has served on the Editorial Board of The Echo Journal of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and the monthly online publication, Reverberations.
He has been the Creative Director and Lead Clinician for the Four Corners Young Musicians Summer Camp in Durango, Colorado since 2015. David was also recently awarded the “Spotlight Educator Award” for the Winter of 2017 from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM).
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