Music and Worship Students Learn from Special Guests

Music and Worship students had the opportunity to learn from Derrick Logan and Steve Goold when they visited campus on February 5th and 6th. The two men are on staff at Christ’s Church of the Valley (, where Goold serves as lead music director and Logan is worship leader. You can read more about them in their bios at the close of this article.

During the two days they were on campus, Goold and Logan taught several classes and workshops, and they had lunch Q&A sessions and coffee hangs with students. Goold also offered a few private drum lessons to students who were available and interested.

We are so thankful that our students had the opportunity to learn from two accomplished individuals in the field of Music and Worship. Thank you, Steve and Derrick, for sharing your time and experience with us!

About the Artists
Steve Goold: Steve is an accomplished studio and live drummer. He’s toured and recorded with artists such as Owl City, Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector, Mat Kearney, Sara Groves, and Cory Wong. He’s also the Lead Music Director at Christ’s Church of the Valley ( On top of that, he curates, an online drum lesson site.

Derrick Logan: Derrick is worship leader at Christ’s Church of the Valley ( and is the Worship Residency Director for the CCV Leadership Institute. He specializes as a teacher, mentor, and coach for young and aspiring worship leaders.

Lee Students Participate in National Conference for Music Education

The department of music education was pleased to offer Lee students the opportunity to attend a national conference last fall. Thanks to generous funding support from Lee’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), six students studying elementary music education attended the 50th Anniversary National Conference of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in November 2018. With a goal of promoting the integration of Christian faith and vocation, the QEP made it possible for these students to connect their scholastic understandings with their vocational calling through access to this professional learning opportunity.

The conference, held in Cincinnati, OH, featured workshops, performances, and presentations addressing the pedagogy of Orff-Schulwerk including active musicking for children through singing, speech, movement, and instrument playing.

Over the three-day meeting, we had lots of opportunities to see children’s outstanding performances and engage with music education professionals in a number of workshop sessions. We also enjoyed great fellowship around meals! “Some of my most memorable moments were outside of the sessions. They were conversing with my peers and mentors about topics discussed in the sessions. The analyzing and breaking down of the topics is what I found most beneficial” (Michaela Moore, Keyboard/Vocal/General Music Education, 2020).

Students identified many valuable models of instruction that brought ‘real world’ context to their classroom experiences. “During my experience at the Orff conference, I began to understand how to connect the concepts we had discussed in my classes at Lee with classroom music, movement and performance. We learned to not just create fun activities but how to target every discussion, piece and game towards learning objectives” (Monica Wright, Vocal/General Music Education, 2019).

Faculty in the department of music education are delighted to provide teacher candidates with exposure to professional development in the field that prepares students to step confidently into the practice of music education upon graduation. Through conference attendance like this, students become acquainted with like-minded peers as well as working professionals. “I was encouraged by seeing all of these music educators gather together and share methods and thoughts on how to create a more beautiful, expressive, well-rounded musical classroom.

Throughout the conference, I was given many opportunities to role-play as the young music student and experience teaching methods from that perspective” (Hannah Simms, Vocal/General Music Education, 2019. “Some of the greatest parts of the Orff Conference were witnessing veterans lead the sessions. By watching experts teach, we’re able to see what expert teaching looks like” (Alex Wingo, Percussion Performance/Instrumental Music Education, 2019).

Conference participation also offered nuggets of practical content. Exposure to a wide variety of repertoire and materials stimulated participants’ imaginations as they began to see themselves as teachers rather than students. “The Orff Conference was a great place for me to learn about some very practical songs, materials, and techniques that I can directly apply to my work with students. This experience helped me remember that teaching should be full of fun and exploration” (Kaley Wingo, Vocal/General Music Education, 2019). “I have always valued the importance of movement and creativity in the music classroom but have struggled with how to apply that to upper grade levels. This conference helped me to see how I can incorporate the ideas within Orff methodology to grades past elementary school” (Caitlyn Boyle, Vocal/General Music Education, 2019).

Faculty in the department of music education are dedicated to guiding students to embrace their calling and use their gifts to embody salt and light (Matthew 5) in the world. Thank you to the QEP committee for making this conference experience possible. “God has blessed me with many talents, and through opportunities like the AOSA 50th Anniversary Conference, I am equipped with abundant resources to do my job well. All of these things are shaping me into a better educator, citizen, and person” (Michaela Moore, Keyboard/Vocal/General Music Education, 2020).

Lee Alumnus Wins Outstanding Music Educator Award

Omar Lozano recently received the Ohio Music Education Association
(OMEA) ‘s Outstanding Music Educator Award for 2019.

Lozano studied Applied Bassoon at Lee. During that time, he was involved with both Lee Singers and Symphonic Band. He also performed with Chattanooga Symphony, as well as Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra. While he was at Lee, he also won the Recital Award – with Darlia Conn as his accompanist.

When asked about his Lee experience, Lozano said, “Lee University gave me a fabulous music education.  I was able to ace my music theory and music history graduate entrance exam.  While at Lee University, I met performers like Wendy White of the New York Metropolitan Opera.  She performed for us and spoke of how she was Jesus’ light in her profession.”

Lozano currently lives in Sidney, Ohio, and has been a public school music educator for 19 years. He teaches at Miami East Local Schools and at Ohio Northern University. He is a member of the 338th Army Band, the United States Army Funeral Honors Team for Ohio, and the OMEA State Vocal Selection Committee. He is also a bassoonist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra.

Orff Workshop with Josh Southard

Music Education students, are you looking for a way to earn more observation hours? You can earn three by attending this free workshop on February 9th!

Josh Southard teaches general music at Smoky Row Elementary School in Carmel, Indiana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Butler University and a master’s degree in Music Education with Orff Emphasis from Anderson University. This year, Josh was honored to be elected Teacher of the Year by Indiana Music Educators Association.

Josh served four years as president of the Indiana chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and is currently the chair of AOSA’s History committee. He is active nationally as a clinician and teaches Level I Basic Pedagogy in multiple AOSA approved certification courses.

The workshop will be held at South Clinton Elementary School, 242 Hiway Drive, Clinton, TN. It will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE TO STUDENTS. Music education majors can acquire 3 observation hours by participating in this workshop, as well as mileage support for attending.

For more information, contact Dr. Susanne Burgess at