Orff Teacher Certification Program

Levels: I and II - July 2-12, 2019

Program Overview:

Each level consists of three hours of Basic Orff and an hour each of movement, recorder, choral techniques, and study-ensemble, daily. Students from all levels come together in the morning for a half-hour interest session.

Level I

Level I lays a foundation in Orff pedagogy, rhythmic and melodic training.  The focus in Level I is on pentatonic materials, simple bordun, basic movement instruction, choral development at the primary level, and the introduction of the soprano recorder. Level I includes a half-hour of aural skills each day.


•• Prerequisite:  a firm and recent knowledge of music rudiments at least equivalent to Theory 4 (Conservatory Canada) or Grade 5 Theory/Basic Rudiments (RCM). Practical experience on an instrument is very important.
•• Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Level II

Level II includes a review of Level I skills and involves further exploration of Orff theory and pedagogy. Materials and activities are designed to further the musical growth of the participants and to encourage study of lesson planning and curriculum for the elementary years.  Recorder classes include the study of both the soprano and alto recorders.


•• Prerequisite:  Grade of C+ or better in Level I (U of M) plus consent of the instructors.
•• Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

Level III

(offered in 2021)


Level III continues instruction in the theory, philosophy, and pedagogy related to Orff process. Students are expected to create, orchestrate and perform at a high level, and to reach a high standard of competence in the art of teaching especially at the middle school level. Course work features mixed meters, and an exploration of medieval modes and their place in music history and in the Schulwerk. Competence in composing and arranging in the Elemental style and familiarity with materials from the Schulwerk, and Medieval, Renaissance, and Contemporary sources is developed along with recorder work using the full complement of recorders. Fluency on alto and soprano recorder is expected prior to the start of the course.


•• Prerequisite:  Grade of B or better in Level II plus consent of the instructors.
•• Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Orff de Base 1 en français

Orff de Base 2 en français

Les personnes qui s'incrivent à la formation intensive Orff de niveau 2 pourront choisir de faire la composante Orff de Base en français ou en anglais. Chantal Dubois d'Orff Québec assurera la formation en français si le nombre d'inscriptions est suffisant.

Chantal Dubois a poursuivi des études doctorales en ethnomusicologie à l’Université de Montréal. Elle est détentrice du niveau III et du Masterclass en Orff-Schulwerk de l’Université de Memphis et d’une certification des maîtres en mouvement et danse multiethnique au High/Scope Conference du Michigan. Animatrice invitée dans les principaux congrès et perfectionnements en éducation musicale provinciaux et nationaux, Chantal Dubois enseigne à titre de chargée de cours en didactique au niveau primaire au Département de musique de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, principalement selon le Orff-Schulwerk ainsi qu’à la Faculté de musique de l’Université Laval et l’Université de Sherbrooke. Elle est également auteure des livres MUSIQUE en fête, NATIONS en fête et TROUBADOURS en fête selon l’approche intégratrice Orff.


Si vous avez déjà fait Orff niveau 2, on vous invite à venir à la composante Orff de Base en français pour un frais réduit (chaque matin pendant le cours). Contactez Jody Stark pour plus d'informations.


Mary Lynn Berti, Movement

Carolyn Boyes, Choral

Jewel Casselman, Recorder

Amanda Ciavarelli, Basic Orff 2

Chantal Dubois, Orff de base 2

Karen Tole Henderson, Basic Orff 1

Level II students





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Orff Program dates:

July 2-12, 2019 (includes Saturday, July 6)

Registration deadline:

June 1, 2019

For more information about the Orff program, contact:

Jody Stark, Coordinator
Orff Certification Program



Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman have inspired a global movement in music education. Their approach encourages musical creativity based upon solid pedagogical principles and is structured on a sequential development of knowledge and skills.

The Orff approach is process that relies on imaginative teachers who are confident and creative musicians! The three-level Orff Certification Program at the University of Manitoba offers an intensive course of instruction in Orff philosophy, pedagogy, orchestration and improvisation. As well as daily instruction in Basic Orff, particular attention is given to in-depth study of choral techniques, movement and recorder.

Endorsed by Carl Orff Canada

Manitoba Orff Chapter webpage