Orff Schulwerk at UK

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 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.

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

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training

NOW ONLINE! June 11 - August 6, 2020

Public registration for online courses is being offered through UK's new Catalog service. All prices listed are for PD hours. If you are interested in taking any of these courses for university credit, please contact martina.vasil@uky.edu. Course content follows the curriculum approved by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Courses meet online Monday-Friday 11am-12:15pm EST (timezone converter).

Seats are limited! Please register as soon as possible. Official course materials can be purchased through West Music with free shipping.


Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action

with Diana Hawley
June 25–July 9, 11am–12:15pm EST M–F
$215
Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to explore Jane Frazee’s Artful-Playful-Mindful model, a project-based framework for active music learning, characterized by performing, creating and thinking about musical ideas.

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Popular Music and Orff Schulwerk

with Martina Vasil
July 9–July 23, 11am–12:15pm EST M–F
$215
Prerequisite: None

Interested in bringing popular music into your classroom? This course is for teachers to learn strategies for integrating popular music into the Orff Schulwerk classroom. The focus will be on lesson development and sharing. The class also includes learning about the characteristics of informal learning and nonformal teaching.

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The Art of Child’s Play

with Martina Vasil
July 23–August 6, 11am–12:15pm EST M–F
$215
Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is for teachers to learn how to adapt playground games, songs, and chants for the classroom. The focus will be on lesson development and sharing. The course will include reading texts about playground games and "kid" culture.

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Diving into the Work of Isabel McNeill Carley: An In-depth Study of Recorder Improvisation and Technique Book One

CANCELED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT
All other courses have met minimum enrollment and will continue as planned.

with Mona Mann
June 11–June 25, 11am–12:15pm EST M–F
$215
Prerequisite: Orff Level 1 from any AOSA approved course is preferred, but not required

Using the first book in Isabel McNeill Carley's series, participants will explore the 11 lessons within, gaining an understanding of how to teach the recorder from an Orff-Schulwerk perspective, while at the same time building a repertoire of pedagogy lessons for use in the general music classroom. Participants will improve their own playing and improvisation skills, gaining confidence and knowledge to recorder teaching in their own classroom setting.