Orff Teacher Certification Program

The University of Manitoba and Desautels Faculty of Music are committed to supporting  provincial public health efforts surrounding the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the 2020 Summer Orff Program has been cancelled.

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.  

Why Take Orff Courses? (PDF)

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


Ms. Berti has been an arts educator for over 30 years.  A graduate of The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division, she taught ballet and creative movement for the RWB School and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. Ms. Berti returned to Winnipeg to pursue her Music and Education degrees from the University of Manitoba as a voice major specializing in early year’s music education. She has taught K-8 Music in Seven Oaks School Division for 16 years. In 2015, she graduated with a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Manitoba, and recently was the recipient of the Morna-June Morrow Award for Excellence in Music Education in Manitoba. Ms. Berti is absolutely thrilled to be once again joining the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music Summer Orff Course faculty and cannot wait to sing, dance and play with the participants this July!




Carolyn Boyes, Choral


Carolyn has taught Music at the elementary, middle and senior levels, in English, French Immersion and milieu programs. She worked as the WSD’s Performing Arts Consultant and currently teaches high school Choral Music at Ecole Sisler High School. She is Artistic Director and Conductor (Treble Choruses) of the Winnipeg Boys' Choir. Carolyn earned a Master of Music (Choral Conducting) from the University of Manitoba.

She is most proud of earning her Level III Carl Orff Certificate from the U of M and continuing to collaborate with the Manitoba Orff Chapter and Orff community to promote teaching children through the Orff approach.


Jewel Casselman, Recorder

Jewel Casselman is a K-5 music specialist at Lakewood School in Winnipeg. She teaches an Orff based program, running Orff and handbell clubs along with primary and intermediate choirs. She teaches the grade 4/5 science curriculum where she incorporates the arts into her science teaching. Jewel has completed her Post Baccalaureate and Masters Degree in Education with a focus on the arts. She has been teaching the recorder component of the Orff Levels courses at the University of Manitoba since 2000.  



Amanda Ciavarelli, Basic Orff 2

Amanda teaches kindergarten to grade 6 students at École South Pointe School in Winnipeg, MB.  Her program includes Orff ensembles, recorder ensembles, and choirs, and her students have many opportunities to perform during the year at school concerts and assemblies, at divisional music festivals, at the Winnipeg Music Festival, and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  Amanda is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and holds an Orff Level III Certification.  She is passionate about elementary music education because of the important role music plays in educating the whole child.

Chantal Dubois, Orff de base 2



Karen Tole Henderson, Basic Orff 1

Karen is an Elementary Music Specialist at Shamrock School in the Louis Riel School Division. Karen has her Orff Specialist Certificate and has completed the Orff Levels Teacher Training Mentorship Program through Carl Orff Canada. She is an Orff Levels Instructor at the University of Manitoba. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba.  Karen is actively involved with many music education organizations and is the Past -President of the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association. 



Chantal Dubois, Orff du base 2

Chantel Dubois is the author of MUSIQUE en fête, NATIONS en fête and TROUBADOURS en fête books according to the pedagogy of Carl Orff. She completed her doctoral studies in ethnomusicology at the Université de Montréal. She has been a lecturer for many years at Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke and Université du Québec à Montréal in musical pedagogy, mainly according to the Orff approach to the global development of children (levels 1 and 2). She is an Orff teacher and French mentor for Carl Orff Canada's training, Music for children, and a guest clinician at major music education conferences and development in all Canadian provinces including Carl Orff Canada Conference, Vision 2020, Edmonton, April 2020. She studies research and creation in different spheres of music education in teaching music and dance in preschool / primary, and has a passion for and compilation of multiethnic musics and traditional games, an inestimable wealth of our world heritage. She engages in cultural missions when traveling to foreign countries through active field research.


Auteure des livres MUSIQUE en fête, NATIONS en fête et TROUBADOURS en fête selon la pédagogie de Carl Orff. Études doctorales en ethnomusicologie à l’Université de Montréal. Chargée de cours active pendant de nombreuses années à l’Université Laval, l’Université de Sherbrooke et l’Université du Québec à Montréal plus principalement selon l’approche Orff (niveaux 1 et 2). Spécialiste Orff et mentore francophone pour la formation Musique pour enfants Carl Orff Canada. Animatrice invitée dans les principaux congrès et perfectionnements en éducation musicale dans l'ensemble des provinces canadiennes dont le Congrès Carl Orff Canada, Vision 2020, Edmonton, avril 2020. Recherche et création en enseignement de la musique et de la danse au préscolaire/primaire. Passion et compilation des musiques et jeux traditionnels multiethniques, richesse inestimable de notre patrimoine mondial. Missions culturelles lors de voyages en pays étrangers par la recherche active sur le terrain.



Dr. Jody Stark, Course Director

Jody is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Manitoba. She first encountered Kodály pedagogy in her B. Ed. program and went on to study at the Kodály Institute in Hungary and at the University of Calgary with Lois Choksy, where she met her husband and fellow music educator Dave. Jody’s approach to music teaching combines elements of Kodály sequencing and philosophy, with an Orff-Schulwerk approach to creativity and musical learning. She is very proud to be the coordinator of UM’s Orff-Schulwerk certificate program as well as a new Kodály certificate program.


Orff Course Details 

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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