2022 Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course - Level I

July 11-22, 2022 • 8:30-4:30 p.m. • 130 Westbrook Music Building

Clinicians:  Kristine Wolfe & Kelly Whisinnand.

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 has been teaching PreK-6 Music & Band in the Papillion - La Vista (NE) Community Schools for over 20 years. She holds a BM from Iowa State University and a MM from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Kristine has presented at the AOSA National Conference and at workshops throughout the United States. She currently serves on the AOSA Fund Development Subcommittee and is the Program Chair for the Great Plains Orff Chapter.

Kelly Whisinnand

Kelly Whisinnand is in her twelfth year of teaching, and is currently serving at Reeder Elementary School in the Millard Public School District where she teaches 1st-5th grade music, conducts a 4th-5th grade choir, and directs a 5th-grade drama club. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska–Omaha. Kelly is trained and certified in all three levels of Orff Schulwerk. Since 2011, she has written and directed a summer musical at the Rose Theater for kids aged 8–16.

Program & Schedule

During the two weeks of July 11 - 22, 2022, 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 REGISTRATION


On-campus housing is available during the two weeks of the course. For more specific information about the accommodations, contact Guest Housing within UNL Conference Services at conferenceservices@unl.edu or (800) 809-8681

There are also several hotels within walking distance of the campus.


A Downtown Lincoln parking garage, Que Place Garage, is located a block from the course site. A UNL visitor parking pass can be purchased from UNL Parking Service, parking.unl.edu, phone 402-472-1800, email unlpts@unl.edu.