Orff-Schulwerk Certification
Level 2

  • Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 18
  • Classes meet 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • $600 for course | $65 per graduate credit
  • Instructors
  • Brent Holl: Schulwerk level 2
  • Jennifer Donovan: Movement
  • Greg Gooden: Recorder
  • For More Information
  • Greg Gooden, Course Director
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Orff-Schulwerk Certification Course
Level 2

July 7-18

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 2

Level 2 is for anyone who has successfully completed an AOSA-approved level 1 course. Instruction will review level 1 techniques, introduce hexatonic and modal melodies, drone and chord accompaniments, and changing meters. It will also include movement and instrumental improvisation and extended forms. Instruction will continue with the soprano recorder and the introduction of the alto recorder.

Housing & Meals

Housing is available in the Horn and Markham Apartments on the Baker University campus for $325. The apartments include private bedrooms, shared bath, and kitchen facilities. Plan to bring your own bedding and towels. You may check in Sunday, July 6. 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 post-marked by June 6. 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.


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. (The Geary County Children's Choir was selected to perform at the 2014 KMEA In-Service Workshop.) 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. 

He holds World Music Drumming Level 1 and Conversational Solfège certifications. Gooden received Levels 1-3 Orff certification and Master's Class from the University of Memphis. He has directed many district KMEA Elementary Honor Choirs and has presented Orff workshops locally and nationally. Gooden has been the Orff course director at Baker University since its inception there.

Brent Holl: Schulwerk Level 2

Brent Holl lives in Bridgewater, Va., and has taught middle school general music and choir in Augusta County, Va., for 33 years. He has served as an adjunct instructor in music education for James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Blue Ridge Community College, and Radford University. Holl teaches summer courses in Orff-Schulwerk and is a national clinician and consultant in the areas of music education and children's choirs. In addition to earning a B.S. degree from Bridgewater College and an MMEd from James Madison University, Holl has completed all levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification at the University of Memphis with further study at George Mason University and Hamline University.

Holl is the owner of Beatin' Path Publications, LLC, a publishing house dedicated to the development of high-quality music resources for classroom music teachers in the design of Orff-Schulwerk. Beatin' Path Publications offers resource books for recorder, marimba ensembles, Orff ensembles, hand drumming and general music, and also has a growing collection of choral octavos for singers from upper elementary to adult.

Holl was the director of the Stewart Orff Ensemble, the eighth-grade general music class at Stewart Middle School, in Fort Defiance, Va.,, from 1992 through 2006. The ensemble performed at the Virginia Music Educators Conference in 1992 and 1996; at James Madison University's "Mallet Madness" in 1997; for the opening in-service session for the teachers of Augusta County, Waynesboro, and Staunton, Va., in 1998; for the opening session at the American Orff-Schulwerk National Conference in 1998; at Arts in the Park in Staunton, Va, in 2004 and 2006; at the 2000 National MENC conference in Washington D.C.; and was invited to perform at the National Association of Middle Schools national conference in 2001.

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. 

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