Dr. Andrew Perry has served as President of Peripole, Inc. for the past 23 years and has spent most of his lifetime involvement in music education. As the son of Sylvia and Mack Perry, he grew up traveling to and participating in, musical conferences and workshops all over the U.S.A. He has been involved in every facet of Peripole, Inc. throughout his life, and is himself a musician. He is responsible for many of the innovative changes made in Peripole products including being the inventor of the Peripole® Halo® Hanger neck strap for recorder, which holds five U.S. patents and being instrumental in the development of the Peripole® Sienta® Series Drums and our World Music products.
Dr. Perry has pursued a dual career in both wholistic and preventive medicine and music education. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Humanities and a Doctorate Degree in Naturopathic Medicine. He is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and was formerly Department Chairman of Physical Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He continues as a conference presenter, post-graduate educator, and practitioner in this field.
Andrew is dedicated to serving the needs of music educators and professionals with quality products and services. Through his combined involvement in music and holistic medicine, and participation in his own family’s musical education, Dr. Perry has developed a special enthusiasm for the role of music in emotional and physical health and well-being. Peripole, Inc. has proven to be the perfect vehicle for his active participation in the advancement of music education and music therapy.
He has been co-recipient, along with Sylvia Perry, his mother, and company founder, of Distinguished Service Awards by the California Music Educators Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Oregon Music Educators Association, Tennesee Music Educators Association, and Wisconsin Music Educators Association.
Cak Marshall is a career music educator. She taught at O’Hara School in the Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds a BS in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; an MME from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA; Apprentice and Master Level Orff Certification from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN; Orff Levels I, II, and III from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN; and Kodály Level I from Duquesne University.
Cak was the recipient of the PMEA Citation of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Cak wrote for PMEA NEWS (the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s State Journal) as Elementary Column Coordinator for over twelve years. Cak was also founding President of the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She also served as editor of PGT PRESS, the Pittsburgh Chapter’s Newsletter.
Cak continues to present workshops throughout the United States. She has presented in 37 of the 50 states for AOSA Chapters; AOSA National Conferences; and NAƒME (formerly MENC) State, Divisional and National Conferences. She taught Level I Orff Certification Courses in Florida, Wisconsin, and Virginia.
Ms. Marshall is the author of TOOTLES and TOOTLES 2, books for beginning recorder ensembles using two sopranos and one alto recorder, published by GIA in Chicago, IL. Recently released for pre-school are SOUND STORIES and BEATWORX. Both are available exclusively from Peripole, Inc.
Cak enjoys singing with the Villages Pops Chorus, the Villages Voices, the Millennium Master Chorale and acting with The Villages Theatre Company, and Lake Miona Theatre Company. These are all in Florida.
Percussion Education Coordinator
Kalani Das is a board-certified music therapist, professional percussionist, and certified Orff-Schulwerk music educator.
As a performing and recording artist, he has worked with music legends Rod Stewart, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, Max Roach, John Mayall, Yanni, Benise, Suzanne Cianni, and appears on numerous soundtracks for both TV and Film. He has written over nine books, produced seven DVDs, and released three music CDs. He is the author of the book, The Way of Music – Creating Sound Connections in Music Therapy (Sarsen Publishing).
Kalani has presented sessions for the National Association for Music Education, the Percussive Arts Society, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as well as many state, regional, national, and international music education conferences. In the field of Music Therapy he has presented CMTEs, and Institutes at several AMTA conferences, including the Western regional, Great Lakes Regional, and National.
He is the founder of the Developmental Community Music approach to music-centered wellness (playsinglaugh.com), co-author of the Music Therapy Drumming curriculum, for which he is an MTD Trainer (musictherapydrumming.com), and creator of the Hula for a Life wellness program for older adults (hulaforlife.net).
Kalani's work in music therapy includes adults in addiction recovery, persons with TBI, and adults with developmental disabilities. He is currently a music therapist and fieldwork supervisor at the Tierra Del Sol Foundation, an adult day facility that provides educational and employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities.
For more information visit Kalani’s business website (kalanimusic.com) and his personal site (kalanidas.com).
Dr. René Boyer,
Music Education Advisor Peripole
Dr. René Boyer is our Music Education Advisor and Consultant. Dr. Boyer received her Bachelors's and Master's degrees from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, and her Doctorate Degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She possesses all levels of Orff Certification, as well as Kodály Certification in Solfege, Techniques, and Teacher Training from Hungary.
René currently holds the distinguished position of Professor Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she also was the founder and administrator of their Orff Schulwerk Certification Courses for over twenty years.
Dr. Boyer has served as the President of the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music (NASPAAM) and a Conference Chair for the National Urban Music Leadership Association.
She is one of the principal authors of Share the Music, Spotlight on Music and most recently, Music Studio Digital Multimedia/Text Series, published by McGraw-Hill Education. She has written many books for music educators, including an authoritative text for classroom teachers, published by Pearson, Music Fundamentals, Methods, and Materials for the Elementary Classroom Teacher.
René brings with her considerable expertise in providing Music Education to Urban and Inner-City Schools, as well as in the music of other countries and cultures. She is a renowned and world-wide lecturer, having lectured and taught in Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and throughout the entire United States. Her most recent books include Songs and Rhythms of a Nation, featuring the music of each of the fifty states, and Out of the Mouths of Babes.
Mathieu and Alexandre Fergeau are President and Executive Director of Bergerault, France; the sons of Past-President Gilles Fergeau; and the grandsons of Company Founder, Albert Bergerault. They both bring a broad array of technical skills to their work and are third generation Master- Craftsmen, specializing in the manufacture of percussion instruments and, in particular, keyboard percussion. Their knowledge and expertise in this field is unparalleled. They have led the company to the highest level of instrument quality while modernizing manufacturing and instrument design techniques. Their leadership recently led to the company being awarded the status of “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” or “Enterprise of Living Heritage” by the Government of France.
Mathieu and Alexandre bring to the Orff Instrument manufacturing process, the same skills and expertise that have led to their professional instruments being used by famous orchestras and musicians all over the world, including the Opera de Paris, Boston Symphony, Scallia Millan, and Bolshoi Ballet to name a few.