Orff-Schulwerk Certification Course
Levels 1 & 3
Orff Schulwerk is total, active involvement in music making that incorporates speech, singing, movement, and instrument playing in a creative environment. It develops the whole child with a balance of emotional and intellectual stimulation. (http://www.aosa.org/orff.html)
Schulwerk Level 1
Level 1 is suited to anyone with musical training who would like to acquire basic knowledge and pedagogic foundations in the Orff-Schulwerk approach. It is recommended for people who have not taken a previous two-week training course. The course covers basic Orff techniques:
- Use of the pentatonic, the simple bordun, the ostinato, and elemental forms
- Basic body movements and their application to the Schulwerk
- Soprano recorder, vocal and rhythmic training
Schulwerk Level 3
Students who enroll in level 3 courses must have successfully completed level 2 course work. Level 3 course work begins with a review of materials from levels 1 and 2. The challenge of level 3 is work in the various modes and in extended musical forms. Participants are expected to demonstrate proficiency on soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Assignments include full settings in various modes and forms with developed orchestrations in various formats. Teaching proficiency at the end of the course is required.
Housing & Meals
Housing is available in the Horn and Markham Apartments on the Baker University campus for a nightly charge of $25. The apartments include private bedrooms, shared bath, and kitchen facilities. Plan to bring your own bedding and towels. You may check in Sunday, July 7. Meals are available in the Baker Dining Hall, the Wildcat Cafe, and area restaurants.
Registration & Fees
The certification course fee is $500. You may register for the course online or mail the registration form and a $100 nonrefundable deposit post-marked by May 27. The balance of payment for the course will be due on or before the first day of classes. You may earn 3 hours of graduate credit from Baker University by paying $65 per credit hour ($195 total). Enrollment and payment for graduate credit will occur on the first day of classes.
Special Invitation to Orff Chapter Members
We wish to extend a special invitation to the members of the Kansas Orff Chapter and the Heart of America Orff Chapter to attend this workshop. Baker University's beautiful tree-filled campus with its brook, bridge, and an English village Chapel (moved to the campus in 1996) will be a fantastic site in which to enjoy this rewarding workshop. The Baker campus is located just 45 minutes from Kansas City and Topeka and 20 minutes from Lawrence, with many recreational opportunities such as swimming, restaurants, historical sites, and parks. Classes meet 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Dena Byers: Level 1
Dena Byers teaches K-5 music with the Durham Public Schools, in Durham, NC, and is the associate conductor of the Durham Children's Choir. A national board certified teacher since 2005, Dena has presented at the AOSA professional development conferences in San Jose and Milwaukee as well as for Orff chapters across the country. She served as a Region IV representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2009. She has conducted several all-county honors choruses in North Carolina and received the 2010 Jackson Parkhurst Award as an outstanding North Carolina Music Educator.
Deanna Stark: Level 3
Deanna Stark is a visiting professor at the University of Memphis and a composer and arranger of music for elementary teachers. Deanna has a master's degree in Orff Schulwerk and a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Memphis. She has 14 years of experience as an Orff Specialist in the Memphis City schools. She completed levels 1, 2 and 3 and master class at the University of Memphis, and her Schulwerk apprenticeship took place at George Mason University. Dr. Stark is an active workshop clinician and has taught certification courses at several universities.
Jennifer Donovan: Movement
Jennifer Donovan teaches K-5 music, chorus and drumming ensemble at Clear Creek Elementary in Shawnee, Kan. Her fifth graders have been selected to perform twice at the Kansas MEA convention. A past president of the Kansas Orff Chapter, she has served as treasurer and Region III representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. She served on the Kansas Teacher of the Year team in 2009.
Greg Gooden: Recorder
Greg Gooden teaches music at Fort Riley Elementary School in Fort Riley, Kan. He is the director of the Geary County Children's Choir and previously directed the McPherson Arts Council Children's Choir. He is president-elect of the Kansas Orff Chapter. Greg was the Elementary Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year in 2006 and 2012 for the North Central District KMEA. He presented at the 2005 AOSA National Conference in Birmingham, Ala., and the 2006 National Conference in Omaha.
Baker University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is cancelled or postponed, Baker University will refund all registration fees but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges or expenses incurred by the registrant.