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The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

Orff Schulwerk at UK

Orff Schulwerk Drum Circle, Summer 2016Orff Schulwerk is “Music for Children”, a way to teach and learn music using poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as basic materials. The Schulwerk was created by composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman in Europe. The emphasis is on students as improvisers and performers. It is the most exciting way to teach and learn music. The University of Kentucky has offered Schulwerk certification for teachers for over twenty years, taught by a most prestigious team of master teachers.  These training courses, if taken for credits, can be used to count towards a Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk and a MM degree concentrating in Orff Schulwerk.  See the Credits & Certifications page for more information.

For questions about Orff Schulwerk Training, contact Dr. Martina Vasil at (859) 257-8203 or

What students are saying...

Lindsey Duncan Level 2 (2016)
Saint Agnes Parish School; Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky
"The Orff Levels have been the most transformational teacher training that I have received post-grad. The material is accessible to my students and brings out their best musicianship."

Macaulley Whitlock Level 1 (2016)
American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico
"I thought it was well put together and appreciated the quality of teachers. All around a great and worthwhile opportunity!"

Sheri Tadlock Level 2 (2016)
Wayne County Board of Education; Wayne, WV
"The staff was very friendly, helpful, welcoming, knowledgeable. I was impressed with the way things were handled and what the UK staff added to the course and special topics."

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training: Level I, II, & III
For music teachers

June 18–29, 2018  |  8:20am–4:30pm  |  $550


  • Level I (2 weeks)
  • Level II (2 weeks)
  • Level III (2 weeks)


  • Betsy Kipperman (Level I)
  • Cindy Hall (Level II)
  • Jay Broeker (Level III)
  • Sarah Richardson (Movement)