Orff-Schulwerk Certification Course
Orff Schulwerk is a unique approach to music education. Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman founded this child-centered approach that connects speech, movement, song, instruments, and listening, emphasizing creativity and active engagement by the children. Within these connections, the Orff approach addresses all aspects of a child’s musical development— performing, creating, listening, and analyzing—in ways that encourage the child’s joyful imagination and musical spirit.
Level One is for those interested in exploring the music and movement pedagogy of the Schulwerk. Through the exploration of music that is Elemental, participants will sing, speak, move, play classroom instruments, and engage in the playful discovery of music through a wide variety of folk literature. This course is especially appropriate for elementary and middle school general music specialists serving children in school and church settings.
Level Three will review the diatonic modes* melodically and harmonically, work with non-cadential triadic accompaniments and move on to I-V, I-IV and I-IV-V functional progressions in major and minor modes using activities that are accessible and appealing to both you and your students. Improvisation plays a key role. Rhythmic work will continue to expand to meters in 5, 7 as well as other symmetrical and non-symmetrical meters, and changing meters. Instrumental work will further develop playing skills in percussion (pitched and unpitched).