Summer Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course - Level II

2017 Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course - Level II

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

Not offered in 2018

Clinicians:  Karen Benson, & Shelly Smith.

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 II extends the foundation built in Level I with increased attention to how the Orff-Schulwerk approach facilitates conceptual understanding of music and movement. The roles of rhythmic speech, singing, playing instruments, movement, and improvisation will be considered in greater depth. Recorder instruction and performance activities will involve the alto recorder, as well as the soprano instrument. Participants also will engage in a broadening range of musical experiences that include more complex compositional elements, including modal melodies, changing meters, and varying accompaniments and textures.

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). Additionally, participants may choose to enroll in the course through the "credit option" and earn 2 or 3 hours of graduate college credit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Karen Benson

Karen Benson teaches music in the Millard Public School District. She is a past recipient of the Arts Educator Award presented by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and United Arts Omaha. She has presented at AOSA national conferences and workshop clinics throughout the United States. Karen has served AOSA as a regional representative and national conference co-chair, and is a past President of the AOSA.

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.