Orff Teacher Certification Program

Levels: I and III - July 3-14, 2018

Program Overview:

Each level consists of three hours of Basic Orff and an hour each of movement, recorder, choral techniques, and study-ensemble, daily.

A combined half-hour warm-up, together with students in all levels, is offered each morning.

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 2 (RCM). Practical experience on an instrument is very important.
•• Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Level II

(Not offered in 2018)

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

Level III continues instruction in the theory, philosophy, and pedagogy related to Orff process. Course work features mixed meters, and an exploration of medieval modes and their place in music history and in the Schul-werk. Competence in composing and arranging in the Elemental style, and familiarity with materials from the Schulwerk, and Medieval, Renaissance, and Contemporary sources is developed. 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

Les personnes qui s'incrivent à la formation intensive Orff de niveau 1 pourront choisir de faire la composante Orff de Base en français ou en anglais. Guylaine Myre d'Orff Québec assurera la formation en français si le nombre d'inscriptions est suffisant.

Guylaine Myre a complété ses études de Maîtrise en Éducation à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Elle a suivi sa formation en pédagogie musicale Orff I, II et III à Montréal et a complété le Master Class à l’Université d’Alberta avec Jos Wuytack. Auteure de plusieurs comédies musicales pour enfants, animatrice d’ateliers Orff auprès d’enseignants et conférencière à divers Congrès nationaux, Guylaine a écrit Mon français, je le chante!, dans lequel elle propose une panoplie d’activités musicales originales. De plus, elle a écrit les chansons, dirigé la narration et conceptualisé la trame sonore du livre CD Maman est une
tortue/ Papa est un dinosaure, édité chez Dominique et Compagnie. Elle enseigne auprès des enfants de l’école primaire Félix-Leclerc à Longueuil depuis 1989 et donne les cours Orff de niveau 1 dans différentes villes du Québec.

Si vous avez déjà fait Orff niveau 1, 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.

Level II students
2015 Orff Certification ProgramLevel II Students
L-R: Rachel MacEwan, Julianna Rempel, Lenita Waldner, Larissa Boyd, Jennifer Bjornson





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Orff Program dates:

July 3-14, 2018

Registration deadline:

June 1, 2018

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