Level One is for anyone with the ability to read music. The daily program will include three hours of pedagogy, 75 minutes of soprano recorder, 75 minutes of basic movement and a 40 minute special topic. Instruction will cover Orff techniques, rhythmic and melodic training, improvisation, the study of pentatonic scales, the ostinato, simple bordun accompaniments, and elemental forms. Pedagogy is taught by Jennifer Donovan.
Level Two is for anyone who has successfully completed an AOSA approved Level One course. The daily program will include three hours of pedagogy, 75 minutes of recorder, 75 minutes of basic movement and a 40 minute special topic. Instruction will review Level One techniques with further expansion of rhythm; melodic development of pentatonic and diatonic modes; harmonization to include moving bordun, shifting triad and non-functional harmonic accompaniments; movement and instrumental improvisation, extended forms, and the continuation of the soprano recorder with the introduction of the alto recorder. Students will teach a short lesson demonstrating Orff process. Pedagogy is taught by
(Not offered Summer 2023)(Limit 16)
Level Three is for anyone who has successfully completed an AOSA approved Level Two
course. Instruction will review Level One and Two techniques emphasizing the teaching process. Students will explore instrumental and vocal improvisation, review modal materials, advanced orchestration, including functional harmony (I-V, I-IV, I-IV-V), advanced recorder and movement. Students will teach two short lessons. Opportunities will be provided to fill in gaps which may exist as a result of the shift in the AOSA curriculum effective 2013. Pedagogy is taught by Vivian Murray Caputo.
(Offered Summer 2023)(Limit 24)
Master Class is for anyone who has successfully completed an AOSA-approved Level III course. Instruction reviews pedagogy structures and strategies emphasizing the teaching process. Explore instrumental and vocal improvisation, review modal materials, use advanced orchestration techniques, and practice advanced recorder and movement. Students will teach two short lessons illustrating improvisation strategies.
Lead by Brian Burnett.
100% attendance, participation in all activities and completion of all written assignments. A certificate will be awarded at the successful completion of each Level. This course meets the guidelines set by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and will not be offered unless participant numbers meet AOSA guidelines.
Orff Schulwerk is a unique approach to music education based on the teachings of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.
This child-centered approach combines speech, movement, and song in a creative playful atmosphere where students experience the elements of music in an active way.
This course meets AOSA criteria: number of contact hours, course content, qualifications and number of instructors.
All levels in this course are designed according to the AOSA Teacher Education Curriculum Standards.
UNLV offers a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk. For information,
contact the UNLV School of Music at (702) 895-3332. UNLV is an AA/EEO Institution
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