Brent Holl's books for elementary and middle school music classes are all child tested and proven as valuable resources for upper elementary and middle school classrooms. All are available here and use the Orff process with complete lesson plans. Contact Brent if you would like to invite Brent to present a workshop or lead an in-service training session for your teachers. Brent is also available to lead your elementary or middle school choral festival or a marimba-making workshop for your students. Look at a video of Brent's recent co-presentation at the San Diego Orff Conference in 2015.
Brent Holl lives in Bridgewater, Virginia, and is retired after teaching General Music and Choir at S. Gordon Stewart Middle School, Stuarts Draft Middle School and Stuarts Draft Elementary School in Augusta County, Virginia for 33 years. He has done adjunct teaching for James Madison University, Blue Ridge Community College, and Radford University. He is currently teaches Orff Pedagogy for summer courses around the country. He received a B. S. degree from Bridgewater College, an M.M.Ed from James Madison University, and has completed all levels of Orff Schulwerk Certification at the University of Memphis. He presents workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Mr. Holl is the owner of Beatin’ Path Publications, LLC, a publishing house dedicated to the development of high quality music resources for classroom music teachers in the design of Orff Schulwerk. Beatin’ Path Publications offers resource books for recorder, marimba ensembles, Orff ensembles, hand drumming, and general music. Beatin’ Path also has a growing collection of choral octavos for singers from upper elementary to adult.
Brent is also a professional folk singer and member of the old-time band The Highlander String Band. He plays guitar, and sings.
Brent's piece, See Dees is used in the promotional video for the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Listen.
Brent arranges folk songs and original pieces for elementary and middle school festival choirs. Listen to Jambo and South Australia.
Brent has just finished recording School Songs a fantastic collection of folk style songs written by Phyllis Gaskins to help teach social studies, reading, and science. Give a listen!
Listen to Brent's new release of children's songs for church!