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

July 17 - 28, 2017 (2 weeks) • 8:30-4:30 p.m. • 304 Mable Lee Hall

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.

Program & Schedule

During the two weeks of July 17 - 28, 2017 , 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 noncredit option is $500 instruction fee only. The credit option is $500 instruction fee plus university tuition/fees for 2 or 3 credit hours. Nebraska resident graduate tuition is $297.25 per credit hour; non-resident tuition is $850.50 per hour. First-time UNL graduate students pay a $50 application fee for admission into UNL.


A $50 deposit is required to register. This amount will be applied toward payment of the participant's instruction fee and is non-refundable. Make checks payable to Glenn Korff School of Music. Register for the course here


On-campus housing is available during the two weeks of the course. Room rates range from $25 to $60 per night, depending on occupancy (single or double) and meal options. For more specific information about the accommodations, contact the Division of University Housing at or (402) 472-8681, or from outside the Lincoln area at (800) 742-8800, ext. 8681.

There are also several hotels within walking distance of the campus. Contact the Course Director for additional information about these.


There is a UNL parking garage about a block from the course site. Special conference parking passes can be purchased for $16 per week. Ordering these passes will be handled by the Course Director a few weeks before the start of the course.