SJSU Orff Level I Training

Orff Level I Training: July 8-19, 2019   

SJSU School of Music & Dance is thrilled to offer its  first ever  Orff Level 1 Training, which is the first of three-levels in the Orff Certification process through the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA). The two-week intensive training will immerse visual and performing arts educators in the world of Orff Schulwerk, a multi-faceted pedagogy that focuses on essential elements of art, dance, drama, and music.

What is Orff Schulwerk?  Founded by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the  Orff Schulwerk approach uses elemental music and movement to build upon the child's world of play with the purpose of fostering creativity, conveying musical knowledge, and cultivating musicianship through speech, singing, movement, body percussion, improvisation, and the playing of pitched (Orff xylophones, metallophones, recorders) and unpitched (drums, shakers, bells) instruments. While exploring the elements of music and movement in a collaborative group setting, students and teachers experience a varied repertoire of music and dances from different cultures, styles, and time periods. Through the Orff Schulwerk approach, participants will explore, create, improvise, and compose using this vast array of media to reach learners of all ages and abilities.

TRAINING SCHEDULE - Mon, July 8 to Fri, July 19 

Note: This course will run in conjunction with the 2-week Summer Masters residency.

Week 1 (M-F) - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Week 2 (M-F) - 1:00pm to 8:00pm

Level 1 Instructors:  Kimberly Collins (Basic), Ashley Brown-Woodside (Movement), and Kristin Smith (Recorder)

Course Description:   Through daily lessons and activities, participants will engage and develop skill in the basic principles of the Orff Schulwerk approach. Introduction to the following concepts: arranging and composing pieces via ostinati and pentatonic scales, exploring and developing creative movement vocabulary and technique, and the use of soprano recorder as an instrument and instructional tool in the musical classroom.  Written homework will be assigned nightly to help participants reflect and synthesize material.

Prerequisites:  BA in Music or Equivalent

Required Materials: 

  • Music for Children Volume I Pentatonic by Keetman/Murray (1976, Schott)
  • Rhythmische Ubung by Keetman (1986, Schott)
  • RE-Echoes Book 1 by McNeill Carley (1977, AOSA)
  • Orff-Schulwerk: Applications for the Classroom by Brigette Warner (1990, Pearson)
  • Sweet Pipes Soprano Recorder Book 1 by Burakoff & Hettrick (blue cover)
  • Sweet Pipes Renaissance Time by Burakoff & Strickland (purple cover)
  • Yamaha YRS 302B Soprano Recorder (must be this model)

Suggested Materials:  

  • Elementaria: First Acquaintance with Orff Schulwerk by Keetman (1984, Schott)
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing for daily movement activities

Travel & Accommodations:   San Jose State University is located in the heart of downtown San Jose, with Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) just 15-minutes away from campus. There are many options for accommodations including the use of the campus dorm rooms , and various surrounding hotels and Air B&Bs.

For more information on the course, contact:

Tiffany Barry, Course Director

Download course registration form HERE. [docx]

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