Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses - CANCELED SUMMER 2020

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Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses
Jul 6 2020 to Jul 31 2020

participants in Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Course

Appalachian State University continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 closely. Orff Level II has been delayed until Summer of 2021; new dates to be announced soon.

If you need to reach us during this time, please contact us via email at fieldsle1@appstate.edu or keelfk@appstate.edu 



Appalachian State’s Hayes School of Music has hosted summer Orff-Schulwerk teacher education courses since 2002. The faculty for Levels I, II, and III features Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White (pedagogy and movement) and Dr. Lisa Runner (recorder) and includes a number of Appalachian faculty and regional instructors for daily special topics sessions. The faculty for Orff Extended will vary from year to year.  We presently offer Level I and Level III in the odd-numbered summers and Level II and an Orff Extended one-week course in the even-numbered. All two-week levels courses may be taken for 3 hours of academic credit if desired.   

Participants in our teacher education courses may select from on or off-campus housing and enjoy the wide variety of restaurants in the Boone area. North Carolina’s High Country is waiting to be explored when homework is finished!

More information about the 2020 summer courses is below. If you prefer to speak to someone in person, contact Dr. Lisa Runner (Orff-Schulwerk Program Coordinator) at runnerla@appstate.edu or by phone at 828-262-8051.       

2020 Summer Courses

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.

Orff Level I is designed for anyone with the ability to read music, this Level I course will develop an 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. Offered again in summer 2021. 

Orff Level II is designed for individuals who have successfully completed an American Orff-Schulwerk Association approved Level I course, this Level II course is intended to further develop participants' understanding of the Orff-Schulwerk process. Instruction in basic pedagogy, alto recorder, movement, and selected special topics is included daily. Course content includes singing, playing, and improvising in duple, triple, compound duple, and changing meters; major (Ionian, Lydian, and Mixolydian) and minor ((Aeolian, Dorian, and Phrygian) modes; and pentatonic and hexatonic scales. Expressive movement as related to music and speech and increased understanding of historic and folk dance forms are emphasized. Participants will develop technique on alto recorder and accuracy in switching between alto and soprano instruments. Offered summer 2020!  Find out more information about Orff Level II.

Orff Level III is designed to provide advanced study of the Orff-Schulwerk approach, this course involves experiences intended to enhance participants' understanding of, and teaching through, the process. Grounded in musical experiences appropriate for use with elementary and middle school students, course content will include moving, creating, singing, and playing experiences leading to deeper understanding of musical elements. Course content includes pentatonic and modal scale study; orchestration writing (including accompaniments with simple and moving borduns; tonic; shifting harmonies); advanced rhythmic experiences, irregular and changing rhythms and meters; vocal, movement and instrumental improvisation; small and large group teaching; and ensemble playing using recorders of all voicings. Enrollment is limited to those who have satisfactorily completed an AOSA-approved Level II course. Offered again in summer 2021. 

Orff Extended is a one week course designed for those who have completed Levels I, II, and III of Orff Schulwerk Certification. Course content is at the discretion of teaching faculty and varies from year to year.  Offered summer 2020!  Find out more information about Orff Extended.