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Orff Schulwerk Certification

COVID 19 UPDATE: In order to aid the effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Orff Shulwerk Certification course has been postponed until the fall of 2021. This webpage will be updated as soon as new dates and information are available.

Guided by expert and knowledgeable faculty certified by the American Orff Schulwerk Association, music education students are introduced to the enduring idea that music, movement, speaking, singing and playing all form an integral part of providing an active and joyful experience for music students.

This course is approved by the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Educator Course Level I

Weekly classes will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:15–9:15 pm beginning on October 7, 2020, and ending on April 7, 2021.
Download the schedule and course dates here.

No classes November 11, 25; December 16, 23, 30; February 17.
April 14 must be reserved for make-up in case of class cancellations due to weather.

This course takes place in Phillips Music Center with the Recital Hall as the primary teaching and learning space. The recital hall provides an ideal learning environment with state of the art acoustics, plenty of open space for movement and use of Orff instruments, and an aesthetically inspiring learning environment with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Coy Pond and the Gordon Woods.

Tuition is $1,700—fee includes the cost of books, recorders, materials.
Upon successful completion of all course requirements, participants earn 4 graduate credits, included with the cost of tuition.

Jennifer Dennett; Basic Instructor
Nick Wild; Recorder Instructor
Griff Gall; Movement Instructor

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Register online to save your space in the course for 2020-21.

Level Courses are the primary means of Orff Schulwerk training in the United States, as set out in the guidelines of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Teachers completing Level III are awarded Orff Schulwerk Certification.

Level I students are introduced to the unique pedagogical principles, media, and philosophy of Orff Schulwerk through active participation in carefully sequenced lessons.  Participants experience for themselves the creative process by which children discover and explore the elements of music and use these elements to compose, improvise and perform meaningful music for specific expressive purposes. Emphasis is placed on active music-making and guided "hands-on" manipulation of simple rhythms, melodies, and accompaniments in child-centered contexts.

Model lessons demonstrate how children's imaginations and innate musicianship can be successfully harnessed and developed in a variety of age-appropriate ensemble settings, including speech pieces, children's rhymes, stories, body percussion, unpitched percussion, mallet instruments, soprano recorder, folk songs, folk dances, musical games, play-acting and creative movement.