SJSU Orff Level 1 & 2 Training

Students dancing on stage with ribbons at Orff Training

SJSU Orff Course Levels 1 and 2

SJSU School of Music and Dance is thrilled to offer Orff Course Levels 1 and 2, which are the first two 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 music, dance, art, and drama.

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.

Course Schedule

July 11 - 22, 2022

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

Week Times

Week 1 (M-F)

9 AM-5:30 PM

Week 2 (M-F)

1 PM-8:30 PM

Level 1

Level 1 Instructors

  • Manju Durairaj (Basic)
  • Michael Vasquez (Movement)
  • Natasha Thurmon (Recorder)

Level 1 Course Description

Through daily lessons and activities, participants will engage and develop skills 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/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.

Level 1 Prerequisites

  • BA in Music or Equivalent

Level 1 Required Materials

  • TBD

Level 1 Suggested Materials

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended for this course as participants will be dancing and moving on a daily basis. Comfortable black clothing for the final course sharing.

Level 2

Level 2 Instructors

  • Sally Sandoval (Basic)
  • Michael Vasquez (Movement)
  • Natasha Thurmon (Recorder)

Level 2 Course Description

Participants will continue to engage and develop skills in the principles of the Orff Schulwerk approach. Introduction of the following concepts: arranging and composing pieces via modal scales, developing deeper creative movement vocabulary/technique using uneven steps and asymmetrical meters in dance, and the use of both soprano and alto recorders as instruments and instructional tools in the musical classroom. Written homework will be assigned nightly to help participants reflect and synthesize material.

Level 2 Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of Level 1 at an AOSA-approved levels course. 

Level 2 Required Materials

  • TBD

Level 2 Suggested Materials

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended for this course as participants will be dancing and moving on a daily basis. Comfortable black clothing for the final course sharing.

Travel and Accommodations

San José State University is located in the heart of downtown San José, with Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) just 15-minutes away from campus. There are many options for accommodations including the use of the campus dorm rooms (~$52/night), and various surrounding hotels and Airbnb's. 

For more information on the course, contact Tiffany Barry, Course Director.

Tiffany BarryTiffany Barry
Music Education
tiffany.barry@sjsu.edu

 

 

COST: $35 non-refundable application fee + $899 course tuition fee = $934 TOTAL. This amount is for the course itself and does not include travel, room and board, food, required text/materials, etc. UPDATE: Level 1 is now completely FULL, thus we are no longer accepting participants for that course. We do have a lot of space in Level 2 and have extended online registration for that level to July 1st. Register today!!

Up to (3) graduate credits will also be available through SJSU’s Open University at $430/credit. More information to come after registration.

Online registration is still OPEN for Level 2! Please email tiffany.barry@sjsu.edu to inquire for the payment link.