Orff-Schulwerk Certification Course
Levels 1 & 3

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 17

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 for anyone with musical training who wishes to acquire basic knowledge and pedagogic foundations in the Orff-Schulwerk approach. Study of basic Orff techniques, including 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; and improvisation. Recommended for people with no previous two-week training course.

Schulwerk Level 3

Level 3 is for anyone who has successfully completed and AOSA-approved Level 2 course. Instruction will review levels 1 and 2 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), recorder and movement. Students will also teach lessons.

Housing & Meals

Housing is available in the Horn and Markham Apartments on the Baker University campus for $325. Check in Sunday, July 5. The apartments include private bedrooms, shared bath, and kitchen facilities. Plan to bring your own bedding (extra-long twin) and towels. Meals are available in the Baker Dining Hall and area restaurants.

Registration & Fees

The certification course fee is $600. You may register for the course online or mail the pdfregistration form and a $150 nonrefundable deposit postmarked by June 5. 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 2006-2009. Additionally she has conducted several all-county honors choruses in North Carolina and was the recipient of the 2010 Jackson Parkhurst award as an outstanding North Carolina Music Educator.

Rob Amchin: Level 3

Dr. Robert Amchin is a distinguished teaching professor of music education at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). He studied at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan. Rob was an elementary music specialist in Texas and still works with children as an artist-in-residence. Amchin has taught Orff teacher-training courses and workshops around the world including invitations to Finland, China, Russia, Austria, Israel, Poland, and Canada. He has presented at numerous American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) national conferences. 

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 serves as president 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. 

Cancellation Policy

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.