Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course

Orff-Schulwerk Level I & II

Summer 2022 course dates: July 25-August 5, 2022

For more information, please contact the Course Director, Kate Pollard.

What is Orff Schulwerk?

The Orff Schulwerk approach, developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, builds musicianship through active music-making such as singing, playing instruments, speech, moving and improvising.

Level I is open to senior-level undergraduate music majors or those with earned bachelor's degrees. Level II is open to anyone who has already completed an AOSA-approved level I course. In these hands-on courses, training will focus on the following child-centered skills:

  • Rhythm
  • Singing and melody
  • Movement
  • Orff instrument technique
  • Improvisation and composition
  • Soprano and/or alto recorders
  • Pedagogy
  • Orff ensemble orchestration

Special topics during the course may include:

  • Choral singing
  • Various world musics
  • Folk dancing

This is an American Orff-Schulwerk Association approved course.

Tuition information

  • Tuition costs (three options):*
    • Academic credit options
      • 3 undergraduate credits: $700 + $125 registration fee + $60 application fee = $885 total.
      • 3 graduate credits: $815 + $125 registration fee + $60 application fee = $1,000 total.
      • Out-of-state participants must also pay additional non-resident fees. Three undergraduate credits will be an additional $844.50; three graduate credits will be an additional $1,036.50.
    • Non-academic credit/63 Nevada professional development hours: $675 + $50 registration fee = $725 total.
      • There is no non-resident fee for this option.
  • *These tuition costs do not include required course materials.
  • Any participant who has never attended the University of Nevada, Reno, has not paid the application fee, or is not a current University of Nevada, Reno student must pay a non-refundable application fee of $60 if wishing to enroll in academic credit.
  • Proof of immunizations (two doses of MMR in their lifetime and one dose of DT within the last 10 years) is required for all academic credit students.
  • COVID-19 vaccination proof is not needed; masks are optional.

The easiest way to register is to contact Kate Pollard for the appropriate registration form. You can register for the non-academic credit/63 Nevada re-certification credits by calling Academic Credit Options (ACO) at (775) 682-7555 or (800) 233-8928.

Any participant who has never attended the University of Nevada, Reno, has not paid the application fee, or is not a current University of Nevada, Reno student must pay a non-refundable application fee of $60 if wishing to enroll in academic credit.

Proof of immunizations (two doses of MMR in their lifetime and one dose of DT within the last 10 years) is required for all academic credit students.

COVID vaccination proof is not needed; masks are optional.

Course information

Sample daily schedule

7:30 - 8:00 - Round Singing
8:00 - 9:15 - Movement
9:15 - 9:30 - Break
9:30 - 11:00 - Basic
11:00 - 12:00 - Lunch
12:00 - 1:15 - Recorder
1:15 - 1:25 - Break
1:25 - 2:55 - Basic
2:55 - 3:00 - Mini Break
3:00 - 3:30 - Folk Dancing/Special Topics

Course materials

You must purchase the following materials:

Level I required

  • Music for Children, Pentatonic Volume 1 - Orff and Keetman, ed. Murray ISBN: 978-3795795016
  • Rhythmische Übung - Gunild Keetman (Schott) ISBN: 978-3795795078
  • Spielbuch für Xylophon Band I Carl Orff - Gunild Keetman ISBN: 9783795795641
  • Erstes Spiel - Gunild Keetman ISBN: 9783795795412
  • Elementaria - Keetman, Gunild. Trans. Margaret Murray. London: Schott & Co. Ltd., 1974. ISBN: 978-0901938046
  • Yamaha 300 series soprano recorder (please make sure it’s this model/brand)
  • Sweet Pipes Recorder Book (Soprano, Book I-the blue one)
  • Descants in Consort-Simpson

Level II required

  • Music for Children Vol. II & IV (Murray ed.)
  • The Elemental Style: A Handbook for Composers by Paul Cribari and Rick Layton
  • Yamaha 300 series alto recorder (please make sure it’s this model/brand)
  • Yamaha 300 series soprano recorder (please make sure it’s this model/brand)
  • Elementaria - Keetman, Gunild. Trans. Margaret Murray. London: Schott & Co. Ltd., 1974. ISBN: 978-0901938046 (may have it from Level I)
  • Rhythmische Übung - Gunild Keetman (Schott) ISBN: 978-3795795078 (may have it from Level I)
  • Sweet Pipes Recorder Book (Alto, Book I-the red one)
  • Recorder Consort I-Rosenberg

You can purchase all materials through West Music prior to the start of the course.

Location and parking

All official class meetings will be held at Double Diamond Elementary School in Reno, Nevada.

Course instructors

Ardith Collins

Ardith Collins (Level I Pedagogy) teaches general music and string orchestra at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan and is adjunct faculty at Montclair State University. Ardith completed Orff Levels at Villanova/University of the Arts, Kodály Levels at Westminster Choir College, and studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Anderson University. Ardith was the 2014 American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM) Beacon Scholarship recipient, which she utilized to attend JaSeSoiry World Village. She is an avid writer, folk dancer, rounds enthusiast, and performs with the Montclair State Balkan Ensemble. Ardith is president of the Northern New Jersey Orff chapter and serves on the AOSA Reverberations Editorial Board.

David Thaxton

David Thaxton (Level II Pedagogy) is from Sparks, Nevada where is currently in his 24th year teaching Elementary music to pre-K through 6th grade. David studied bass trombone under Buddy Baker and Jack Robinson at the University of Northern Colorado where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education. He then studied Orff Schulwerk under Elizabeth Gilpatrick, Judith Cole, Penny Mahoney, and Kay Lehto. David has presented workshops and clinics at local, state, and national levels and presents to Orff chapters throughout the country. He has served as President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of AOSA where he was co-founder of the Sierra Nevada Orff Festival. At the national level, he has served on the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo and is currently on the Editorial Board of Reverberations. For the past two years, he has been the Creative Director and Lead Clinician for the Four Corners Young Musicians Summer Camp in Durango, Colorado. David was also recently awarded the "Spotlight Educator Award" from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM).

Lori Conlon Khan

Lori Conlon Khan (Movement) has been happily involved in music education for many years, including 32 years as a general music specialist, K-6, for the Boise School District; a Montessori preschool music teacher; as a professor in an arts integration M.Ed program for Lesley University; movement instructor in Orff Schulwerk teacher training courses at Boise State University; as a visiting professor at Boise State; and now as clinical assistant professor of music education at the University of Idaho, where this is her fourth year. Lori holds certification in Orff Schulwerk, has served as Idaho Orff President and on the national AOSA board as Region I Representative. She was co-chair with David Thaxton on the 50th anniversary celebration committee and currently serves on the research to practice sub-committee for AOSA. Along with Co-Chair, Shirley VanPaepeghem, they teamed the support of Idaho Orff with Idaho Music Educators Association and created an inaugural Elementary Honor Orff Ensemble for students fourth through sixth grade for the IMEA Professional Development Conference in January of 2020. She has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences.

Joan Eckroth-Riley

Joan Eckroth-Riley (Recorder) has been sharing her passion for music education with students ranging in age from kindergarten through adults for over 40 years. She currently shares the joy of making music with students at Murray State University in Kentucky as coordinator of music education. Joan is the author of “Everyday Improvisation; Interactive Lessons for the General Music Classroom” & “Everyday Composition; Interactive Lessons for the General Music Classroom” published by Alfred, and a contributing author to “Kaleidescope,” lessons on the new Core Music Standards sponsored by NAfME. In addition to her teaching duties, Joan is a certified recorder and movement instructor for Orff Schulwerk courses, is a frequent workshop presenter on standards and assessments for elementary music, and serves as a clinician for JW Pepper & Alfred Music companies. Joan holds an M.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the president of the newly formed Quad State Orff Chapter, a Past-President of the North Dakota Music Educator’s Association and Prairie Winds Orff, and was honored to be named the 2016 ND Music Educator of the Year.

Housing and area information

Housing

There are many area hotels nearby that are within walking distance to the Sierra Spirit bus line and deals can often be found with AirBnB. Please contact the Kate Pollard for more details.

Reno, Nevada

Reno, Nevada is "The Biggest Little City in the World" and possibly most known for its casinos, but the culture reaches well beyond casinos. Some attractions include an international airport (RNO), numerous golf courses, the Reno Aces (minor league baseball affiliate to the Diamondbacks), the one-of-a-kind National Bowling Stadium, the Nevada Museum of Art and the National Automobile Museum. Artown, a summer arts festival that draws international performers and artists, starts in July. Reno is less than an hour away from Carson City and Virginia City, less than three hours away from Sacramento, California and less than four hours away from San Francisco. Lake Tahoe, the largest Alpine lake in North America, is also less than an hour away from the University campus.