Summer Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course - Level III

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course - Level III

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

(FULL) To be put on the waiting list please contact Dr. Robert Woody

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 III offers advanced training in Orff Schulwerk, extending the work completed in the earlier two levels. Understanding and utilizing the Schulwerk teaching process is an important emphasis. The musical experiences will involve participants in greater exploration of movement, orchestration of musical materials, and improvisation (vocal and instrumental). Special attention is given to certain compositional elements of music, such as tonality (major, minor, and modal) and functional harmony. The workshop will also include recorder ensemble performance opportunities. Completion of the workshop provides Level III certification under the guidelines of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

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 2 or 3 hours of graduate college credit by additionally enrolling in MUED 893: Workshop seminar: Orff Schulwerk I.


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 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