Summer Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course - Level I

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course - Level I

Orff Schulwerk Level I • MUED 893 • 2-3 credits

July 9-20, 2018 (2 weeks) • 8:30-4:30 p.m. • 304 Mable Lee Hall

Clinicians:  Kristine Wolfe, Shelly Smith, & Laura Malcom.

Most music educators recognize the importance of offering active and engaging learning experiences to their students. Orff Schulwerk is a child-centered approach that relies on rhythmic speech, physical movement, and musical play to actively involve students in educational music experiences. This approach uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances - all of which are natural and enjoyable to children - as springboards to learning. The cultivation of imagination and creativity is an important goal of Orff Schulwerk.

Level I of Orff Schulwerk training provides an introduction to Orff teaching techniques, as well as an understanding of the pedagogical processes of the Orff Schulwerk approach. Participants build a collection of immediately usable classroom materials and instructional strategies. Musical content emphasizes pentatonic folk songs, speech-based rhythm performance on pitched and nonpitched percussion instruments, structured and creative body movement, solo and ensemble playing on soprano recorder, and improvisation experiences (in music and movement).

Upon successful completion of the course, participants are awarded a certificate endorsing their achievement in accordance with the guidelines of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). Participants also may choose to earn 3 hours of graduate college credit by additionally enrolling in MUED 893: Workshop seminar: Orff Schulwerk I.


Kristine Wolfe

Kristine Wolfe teaches K-6 music at Portal Elementary in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Nebraska, where she also directs an after school Orff Honor Ensemble. She holds a BM from Iowa State University and a MM from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Serving as the Program Chair for the Great Plains Orff Chapter, she is an active member of her local AOSA chapter. In her free time, Kristine plays oboe and is also a member of the Twelfth Night Recorder Ensemble..

Shelly Smith

Shelly Smith has over fifteen years of teaching experience with Millard Public Schools in Omaha and Lake Havasu City, Arizona. She has also directed children's choirs at churches in Lincoln and Omaha. She previously served on the faculty of UNL where she taught music education courses and supervised student teachers. Shelly has presented at numerous state and local workshops in addition to the 2002 AOSA National Conference.

Laura Malcom

Laura Malcom teachers K-5 music at Walt Disney Elementary, including an alternative curriculum music class, in Millard Public Schools. Laura also has experience teaching sixth grade through high school choir in the Omaha Metro area. Laura received her BME from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln and completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership through Doane University. She is the past president of the local Great Plains Orff Chapter and a member of AOSA.

Program & Schedule

During the two weeks of July 9 - 20, 2018 , the courses run Monday through Friday, beginning each day at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. In the course, participants attend classes in Orff Schulwerk pedagogy, movement, recorder, and special topics. The scheduled time includes morning and afternoon breaks and an hour for lunch.


The cost is $525. All participants who register for MUED 893 for graduate credit hours are additionally assessed University tuition Program Facilities and Technology fees.


To register click the following link Orff Summer Restration