LEVEL I, II, III: July 31 – August 11, 2017, 8:30 A.M.– 5:00 P.M.

The course is taught through first-hand experiences in rhythmic speech, body percussion, singing, movement, folk dance, recorder and ensemble play on the Orff instrumentarium. Through engaging our own imaginations—exploring, inventing, improvising—we learn how to release our students’ innate creativity. Through intensive experience in group work, we come to understand the importance of fostering a cooperative spirit in the classroom. After being immersed in these activities, time for reflective discussion helps us make the transfer from experiencing the material to teaching it. The balance between exploring our own musicality and developing our skills as teachers is an essential feature of the training.

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 an Orff Schulwerk Certification. Level I and II students will also receive a certificate acknowledging participation and number of course hours. Each of the levels gives nightly homework assignments and Level III includes a teaching practicum for students to demonstrate their understanding of Orff pedagogy.

LEVEL I (EDUX9331)

July 31- August 11, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sofía López-Ibor, Paul Cribari, Christa Coogan, Annette Bauer 

Initial development of the skills needed in application of the Schulwerk—rhythmic speech, singing, body percussion, playing Orff instruments and improvisation in all these categories. Arranging/composition using pentatonic scales and ostinato structures in common meters. Philosophical and pedagogical principles of Schulwerk teaching. Introduction to soprano recorder and its pedagogical role. Exploration of elemental, creative movement vocabulary and shared music and dance parameters.

Prerequisites

Orff Introduction class with Janet Greene or equivalent one-day Orff workshops and/ or Orff conferences.
Basic working knowledge of music notation.
Intermediate level of English proficiency to engage in discussions and attend lectures.

Required Materials

Orff/Keetman Music for Children, Vol. I (Murray Ed.); Play, Sing & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, Doug Goodkin; soprano recorder; instruction book to be determined; manuscript paper.

Suggested Materials (optional)

Children’s poetry or nursery rhyme book; American Volumes; journal.

LEVEL II (EDUX9332)

July 31- August 11, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Rick Layton, James Harding, Estevao Marquez, Annette Bauer

Continuation of skill development in all media. Arranging/ composition using major/minor scales and more advanced ostinato structures; exploration of diatonic modes and mixed meters. Focus on classroom applications, including mini-teaching experiences. Introduction to alto recorder. Further movement exploration, with accent on games, folk material, small group choreography.

Prerequisites

Level I in this program, or permission of instructor.

Required Materials

Orff/Keetman Music for Children, Vols. I, II and IV (Murray Ed.); soprano and alto recorders; alto instruction book to be determined; manuscript paper.

Suggested Materials (optional)

Children’s poetry or nursery rhyme book; American Volumes; journal; Schulwerk: Applications for the Classroom, Brigitte Warner.

LEVEL III (EDUX9333)

July 31- August 11, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Doug Goodkin, Christa Coogan, Annette Bauer

Continuation of skill development in all media. Review of the Schulwerk’s melodic/harmonic sequence and introduction to harmonic material. Arranging/composition using major/minor and other diatonic modes with appropriate ostinato and harmony-based accompaniments. Exploration of alternative tonal and rhythmic structures; group composition in longer forms. Recorder improvisation with all known scales and modes and consort experience. Further studies of dance vocabulary and technique and the use of these skills culminating in a collaborative whole group movement performance. A teaching practicum is required for certification.

Prerequisites

Level II in this program, or permission of instructor.

Required Materials

Orff/Keetman Music for Children, Vols. I, II, III, IV and V (Murray Ed.); Play, Sing & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, Doug Goodkin; soprano and alto recorders.

Suggested Materials (optional)

Children’s poetry or nursery rhyme book; American Volumes; journal.

EVENING ACTIVITIES

Evenings are a time for informal jam sessions, sharing of music from
participant’s cultures, recorder consorts, homework groups and more. There are three required evening classes:

  • Sunday, July 30th Opening Ceremony,
  • Tuesday Aug. 1st Folk Dance
  • Thursday Aug. 10 Levels sharing.

Other optional offerings include:

  • Sunday, Aug. 6— movie night
  • Wednesday, Aug. 9 —Student performance in Untalent Show