Kodály Teacher Certificate Program

Experience the Kodály approach first-hand while studying musicianship, pedagogy, musical materials, conducting and choral singing, all with an emphasis on the Canadian context.

What is Kodály teacher education?

Zoltán Kodály was a Hungarian composer and music educator who revolutionized music education in the 20th century. Kodály believed that “music belongs to everyone” and worked tirelessly to develop an approach where every person could become a functional musician, appropriate to their age and context.

Kodály-inspired music education is well known globally for its systematic approach to musicianship, beginning with hands-on activities and children’s folk materials and progressing through to advanced harmonic and historical concepts and musicianship.

Participants may complete the course for certification with the Kodály Society of Canada and/or receive university credit.

Note: Because this is a credit course, participants can claim the tuition fee amount on their Federal Income Taxes for a rebate

Kodály Level 1 scholarship

The Kodály Society of Canada provides a scholarship for the Level 1 course at the University of Manitoba. Please see link below for more details. 

How to Register

OPTION 1 - If you are NOT currently a University of Manitoba student 

Fees

$100.00* Application fee (Special Student, General Studies) payable online
$907.08 Course fee, including 5% GST (due July 13th, visit umanitoba.ca/registrar/tuition-fees 
$12.28 Registration Fee 
$12.28 Student Services Fee 
$12.28 Library Fee 
$41.94 Technology Fee ($6.99 / cr.hr)
$69.93 Sport and Rec Fee 
$5.29 Student Organization Fee 

$1,161.08 Total 

For details see umanitoba.ca/registrar/tuition-fees/undergraduate#tuition-rates-per-credit-hour

*If you were registered in a U of M course last summer or in the 2021-2022 academic year, this fee is waived. Please contact Karen.Nickerson@umanitoba.ca or Michelle.Kidd@umanitoba.ca to be reinstated as a Special Student. 

Step 1 - Fill out Registration Form

Fill out the registration form and mail or e-mail to: 

Dr. Jody Stark, Course Director  
Orff Certification Program 
Desautels Faculty of Music
136 Dafoe Road 
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Jody.Stark@umanitoba.ca

Step 2 - Apply to Extended Education, General Studies

Once you receive confirmation e-mail from Course Director, you can apply to Extended Education, General Studies as a Special Student through https://apply.umanitoba.ca/apply/ where you will be asked to pay the non-refundable $100 application fee. 

Notification of decision

Keep checking your applicant portal for updates and an offer to admission which you must accept online. Once you accept the offer, you will be able to register in the course using U of M's online registration system (Aurora) which you can access through the U of M website here umanitoba.ca/explore/undergraduate-admissions/apply   

Registration for 2022 summer courses will begin sometime in April. An override is required in order for you to register, please contact Karen.Nickerson@umantioba.ca or Michelle.Kidd@umanitoba.ca for assistance. 

Once this step is complete your spot is secured. 

OPTION 2 - For Current University of Manitoba Students 

Fees

$907.08 Course Fee, including 5% GST (due July 13th, visit umanitoba.ca/registrar/tuition-fees
$41.94 Technology Fee ($6.99 / cr. hr) 
$69.93 Sport & Rec Fee 
$5.29 Student Organization Fee 
$12.28 Registration Fee 
$12.28 Student Services Fee 
$12.28 Library Fee 

$1,061.08 Total 

Fill out Registration Form

Fill out the registration form and mail or e-mail to: 

Dr. Jody Stark, Course Director  
Orff Certification Program 
Desautels Faculty of Music
136 Dafoe Road 
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Jody.Stark@umanitoba.ca
OR hand in to Jody or the music office

Notification of decision

Once you receive a confirmation e-mail from the course director, register in MUSC 3220: Kodály Music Education 1*

*You may need the help of the student advisor from your home faculty if an override is needed. 

  • The Kodaly Society of Canada logo.

Orff Teacher 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.

What is the Orff Teacher Certification Program?

It is a child-centered philosophy of teaching music to children through doing, playing, exploring, improvising and creating. It combines elements of speech, rhythm, movement, song and dance to teach musical elements and provide children with tools to improvise and create. Teaching with the Orff approach provides opportunities for differentiated instruction, joyful music-making and creating a place for every child to grow as a musician and a person. 

The Orff approach is a 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.

Orff’s philosophy and process is effective for elementary music educators and in the instruction for band and choral programs and private teaching studios. 

Program overview

Each of the program's three levels 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 to introduce students to different types of musical genres and techniques such as Caribbean drumming, pop music in Orff or early childhood music education.  

Note: 2022 is the last opportunity to do level 3 (modes) due to a curriculum change by Carl Orff Canada and the last opportunity to study with Marcelline Moody. Level 3 in subsequent years will centre functional harmony (formally level 2 material).   

Level I

Level I lays a foundation in Orff pedagogy, rhythmic and melodic training.  The focus 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.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Benefits of Level I: 

Level I prerequisites

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.

In order to participate in Level 1, you must have working knowledge of reading and writing in the treble clef, and be able to read and write a variety of rhythms in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time. The Desautels Faculty of Music has a Music Rudiments course offered by the Preparatory Studies if you need to brush up on your skills prior to the start of the course. Please visit the Theory Entrance Exam Preparation Class website for details or contact Donnalynn Grills, Program Coordinator at 204.474.9403 or e-mail Donnalynn.Grills@umanitoba.ca to inquire about individual piano and/or theory lessons. 

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.

Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

Benefits of Level II:

Level II prerequisites

Grade of C+ or better in Level I (U of M) plus consent of the instructors.

Level 2 students in 2022 will have the chance to work with both Amanda Ciavarelli and Marcelline Moody for Level 2 Basic Orff (this is Marcelline's last time teaching in Manitoba). 

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.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Benefits of Level III:

Level III prerequisites

Grade of B or better in Level II plus consent of the instructors.

2022 is the last time that the old curriculum for level 3 will be taught in Manitoba. It is also the last time Marcelline Moody will be our level 3 instructor. Level 3 students will have the chance to work with Marcelline, Amanda Ciavarelli, and Jody Stark for a unique and diverse experience . Future level 3 offerings will centre around functional harmony (formally in level 2). 

The UM Orff programs are endorsed by Carl Orff Canada.
Visit the Manitoba Orff Chapter.

Both Carl Orff Canada and the Manitoba Orff Chapter offer scholarships for participants in levels programs.  

Note: Because this is a credit course, participants can claim the tuition fee amount on their Federal Income Taxes for a rebate. 

How to Register

OPTION 1 - If you are NOT currently a University of Manitoba student 

Fees

$100.00* Application Fee (Special Student, General Students) payable online 
$907.08 Course Fee, including 5% GST (due July 13th; visit umanitoba.ca/registrar/tuition-fees
$12.28 Registration Fee 
$12.28 Student Services Fee 
$12.28 Library Fee 
$41.94 Technology Fee ($6.99/cr.hr) 
$69.93 Sport & Rec Fee 
$5.29 Student Organization Fee 

$1,161.08 Total 

For details see umanitoba.ca/registrar/tuition-fees/undergraduate#tuition-rates-per-credit-hour 

*If you were registered in a U of M course last summer or in the 2021-2022 academic year, this fee is waived. Please contact Karen.Nickerson@umanitoba.ca or Michelle.Kidd@umanitoba.ca to be reinstated as a special student. 

Step 1 - Fill out Registration Form

Fill out the registration form and mail or e-mail to: 

Dr. Jody Stark, course Director 
Orff Certification Program 
Desautels Faculty of Music 
136 Dafoe Road 
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 
Jody.Stark@umanitoba.ca

Step 2 - Apply to Extended Education, General Studies

Once you receive a confirmation e-mail from the Course Director, you can apply to Extended Education, General Studies as a Special Student umanitoba.ca/explore/undergraduate-admissions/apply where you will be asked to pay the non-refundable $100 application fee. 

Notification of decision

Keep checking your applicant portal for updates and an offer of admission which you must accept online. One you accept the offer, you will be able to register in the course using U of M's online registration system (Aurora) which you can access through the U of M website here: umanitoba.ca/explore/undergraduate-admissions/apply 

Registration for 2022 Summer courses will begin sometime in April. An override is required in order for you to register, please contact Karen.Nickerson@umanitoba.ca or Michelle.Kidd@umanitoba.ca for assistance. 

Once this step is complete, your spot is secured. 

OPTION 2 - For Current University of Manitoba students 

Fees

$907.08 Course Fee, including 5% GST (due July 13th, visit umanitoba.ca/registrar/tuition-fees
$41.94 Technology Fee ($6.99 / cr. hr) 
$69.93 Sport & Rec Fee 
$5.29 Student Organization Fee 
$12.28 Registration Fee 
$12.28 Student Services Fee 
$12.28 Library Fee 

$1,061.08 Total 

Fill out Registration Form

Fill out the registration form and mail or e-mail to: 

Dr. Jody Stark, Course Director  
Orff Certification Program 
Desautels Faculty of Music
136 Dafoe Road 
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Jody.Stark@umanitoba.ca
OR hand in to Jody or the music office

Notification of decision

Once you receive a confirmation e-mail from the course director, register on the following courses*: 

*You may need help of the student advisor from your home faculty if an override is needed. 

Register in the Following Courses: 

For Level 1 
MUSC 3200 Orff Schulwerk 1 

For Level 2 Both of:
MUSC 3360 Topics in Music Education: Basic Orff 2 
MUSC 3360 Topics in Music Education: Orff Schulwerk 2 & 3 choral, movement, & recorder

For Level 3 Both of:  
MUSC 3360 Topics in Music Education: Basic Orff 3  
MUSC 3360 Topics in Music Education: Orff Schulwerk 2 & 3 choral, movement & recorder  

CREDIT AND FEES listed are for Canadian students. International students are most welcome and should please direct enquiries about fees for to Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca 

Fikamusik choral conducting intensive

At the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music, our approach to professional development for music educators and choral conductors focuses on developing a meaningful sense of community amongst participants, while pursuing advanced choral musicianship.

What is Fikamusik?

Fikamusik refers to a process that draws connections between educators’ musical life histories and current professional practice. In addition to a focus on skill development, the course is structured around the collaborative exploration of personal musical narratives at regular coffee sessions, or fika. Conductors are invited to share past musical experiences and come to articulate their assumptions, beliefs, values, and understandings regarding the practice of choral conducting and singing.
 
The goal is to create a challenging learning environment that is anchored in collaboration and interaction, where risk taking is welcomed and relationships amongst educators are strengthened.

Program overview

Fikamusik is a whole-self approach to professional development for music educators and conductors. The program format is highly interactive and elaborates on numerous facets of the choral art from an innovative yet practical perspective. Daily activities include lectures and workshops on topics such as vocal techniques, expressive diction, and principles of tuning.  

Participants will explore choral gesture through anatomical awareness and embodied score preparation, and be introduced to creative rehearsal techniques that develop a unique sense of community among singers. They will have the opportunity to sing, conduct their colleagues, and receive feedback from faculty as they experience, experiment, and apply ideas from sessions.

There is no drop-in available for this program. Participants are expected to commit to the full week intensive.

The Fikamusik program is not offered in 2022.

2022 program registration

Please check back soon for 2022 program information.

Fikamusik: Advanced choral conducting intensive

This course is offered for credit at the post-baccalaureate and graduate level in both the Education and Music faculties. 

Kodály-Inspired Pedagogy for Skill Development in EY and Choral Contexts (MUSC 3360)

New for the 2021, Kodály-Inspired Pedagogy for Skill Development in Elementary and Choral Contexts (MUSC 3360, 3 credit hours) will explore strategies and principles for helping students to develop their musicianship, inner hearing, and music literacy skills in a way that also increases their understanding of music. Dealing specifically with elementary, general music, and choral contexts for online, blended, and in-person learning, the course will also provide the opportunity for participants to customize long-rate plans for skill development for their unique teaching context. 

This course is appropriate for both students and professional music educators who are looking to update their skills in a changing world. 

The Kodály-Inspired Pedagogy for Skill Development and EY Choral Contexts is not offered in 2022. 

UM Student Registration

UM students:Please register for this course through Aurora, beginning in March 2021.

Non-UM Student Registration

Non-UM students:   Please register for this course as a "Special Student" through the Faculty of Extended Education.

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