ORFF Level I Teacher Education Course

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ORFF Level I Teacher Education Course
Jul 22 2019 - Aug 1 2019


Orff-Schulwerk Level I Teacher Education Course

  • Sponsored by The Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music
  • July 22 - August 1, 2019; Housing is available Sunday, July 21
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Registration Deadlines

Academic Credit Deadlines: May 15, 2019

The Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education course is offered for 3 hours of academic credit (Level I: MUS 5530-101). To receive credit, each participant must register and pay the registration fee by May 15. All required documentation must be received and application approved by May 23. Instructions will be emailed after your registration and payment are received. Any institute registrations received after May 15 will be considered for non-credit only. Graduate credit fees are in addition to the $475 registration fee. Student Accounts will bill you separately for the academic credit fees.

CURRENT APP STATE STUDENTS: Current Appalachian State students who wish to take this course for credit are eligible for a scholarship to assist with the registration fee. Registration for course credit (MUS 5530-101) and tuition will be through the Registrar's Office and Student Accounts. Please contact Lisa Runner at runnerla@appstate.edu for information about this opportunity. You will also need to complete the above on-line registration form.

Non-Credit Deadline: June 28, 2019

The non-credit option is appropriate for license renewal if a certificate of completion is accepted by your school system. (If uncertain, please check with your school system.) 

Individuals wishing to register after June 28, please contact Frances Keel at 828-262-2921.

Course Overview

Orff-Schulwerk is a unique approach to music education based on the teachings of Carl Orff. This child-centered approach incorporates speech, movement, song, and instrument playing in a creative atmosphere where students are actively engaged in the music making process.

Designed for anyone with the ability to read music, this Level I course will develop understanding of the teaching and learning process of the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music and movement. The daily program will include basic pedagogy, soprano recorder, movement, and varied special topics instruction. Content will focus on Orff-Schulwerk techniques, rhythmic and melodic training, improvisation, pentatonic scales, ostinato, simple bordun accompaniments, and elemental forms.


Maribeth Yoder-White
Basic and Movement Instructor

A frequent Orff-Schulwerk clinician as well as a respected choral conductor and adjudicator, Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White serves as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. She holds degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne College (B.M., Music) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.M., Music; Ph.D, Music) where she was a faculty member for nine years. Maribeth studied Orff-Schulwerk with Konnie Saliba, Jeff Kriske, Randy Delelles, and Jos Wuytack.

Lisa Adkins Runner
Recorder Instructor

Dr. Lisa Runner is an Associate Professor of Music Education in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. She holds degrees from Milligan College (B.A., Music, Education), East Tennessee State University (M.A., Media Services/Instructional Technology), and Appalachian State University (Ed.D., Educational Leadership). She completed all levels of Orff Certification at Western Carolina University with Konnie Saliba.


Registration Fee: $475 includes all instruction, course notes, materials, T-shirt, campus parking permit, and closing dinner. Cost of meals (except closing dinner) are not included in this fee.


We plan to offer a limited number of partial scholarships. To be considered, please complete the scholarship application and submit by May 1, 2019. Apply here.

Class Schedule

Class check-in will be Monday, July 22, from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the Hayes School of Music/Broyhill Music Center. Class begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and concludes each day at 4:00 p.m.  Classes will be held Monday, July 22- Saturday, 27, and Monday, July 29- Thursday, August 1. 


All materials used in the course will be provided.


You will be most comfortable in casual summer clothing and comfortable shoes that allow freedom of movement.

Accommodations (optional) 2019: rates and further information will be available in January

Level I Housing July 21 - August 1, 2019 

  • $348 - One or two persons per suite 
  • $246 - Three or four persons per suite 
  • Includes 11 nights lodging, one linen bundle, and one linen exchange

Housing is available in Appalachian's Newland Residence Hall. Two bedrooms are connected by a bathroom to make a suite. Each bedroom has 2 twin beds. On the registration pages you have an option of one per suite (1 person with private bathroom) or two per Suite (1 person per bedroom/2 per suite/2 per bathroom).  Or you may choose three or four per Suite (2 persons per bedroom/4 per suite/4 per bathroom).

Your roommate or suite-mate must be a registered participant of this program. If you do not have a roommate, you will automatically be assigned one of the same gender. If you wish to have a suite to yourself, please advise us. Linens are provided and consist of: 2 towels, 2 washcloths, 2 flat sheets, 1 pillowcase, 1 pillow, and 1 light blanket. Residents will check-in on Sunday, July 21.  Linens are provided at check-in and an exchange provided again on Sunday, July 28.

The residence hall has wireless internet but at times is difficult to access.  To ensure uninterrupted internet service, you may wish to bring an Ethernet cord to use in the residence hall.

Additional course information (directions, etc.) will be emailed with confirmation/receipt of registration.

If you prefer off-campus accommodations, information about local accommodations can be found through the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce at www.boonechamber.com, or High Country Host at www.highcountryhost.com.


You may cancel your workshop registration on or before June 28 for a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. After June 28 there will be no refunds. Substitutions may be made by calling 828-262-8718.


Please complete our online registration form whether paying by credit card or check.

To pay by check, complete/submit the online form, print, and mail in with your payment. We recommend registering now with a credit card using our secure server.

For registration information contact: For program information contact:
Frances Keel, Program Director
Office of Conference & Camp Services
ASU Box 32042
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-262-2921
Dr. Lisa Runner
ORFF Level I Program Director
ASU Box 32096
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-262-8051

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