Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses

Levels I & II,  Monday, July 5 – Friday, July 16, 2021

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Greg Gooden

Course Director

A creative approach to teaching and learning

Orff-Schulwerk is a creative approach to teaching and learning music through speaking, singing, playing instruments, and moving. Created by composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the Schulwerk is an exciting way to teach and learn music. For more information about the Kansas Orff Chapter, please contact president@kansasorff.com or visit our website at www.kansasorff.org.

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 on 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.

Registration & Fees

The certification course fee is $600. You may register for the course online. A $150 nonrefundable deposit is due by May 20 (*refundable only if the class is canceled because of low enrollment). The balance of payment for the course is due on or before the first day of classes.

Graduate Credit
You may earn 3 hours of graduate credit from Baker University for an additional fee of $80 per credit (total $240). You are encouraged to enroll online, although you have the option of completing the enrollment and payment for graduate credit 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.

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.


Level I

Level I 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 who have not previously taken a two-week training course.

Level II

Level II is for anyone who has successfully completed an AOSA-approved level I course. Instruction will review level I techniques with further expansion of rhythm; melodic development of pentatonic and diatonic modes; harmonization to include moving bordun, shifting triad, and nonfunctional harmonic accompaniments; movement and instrumental improvisation, extended forms, and the continuation of the soprano recorder with the introduction of the alto recorder.  Students will teach a short lesson demonstrating Orff process.


Jennifer Donovan: Pedagogy – Level I

Jennifer Donovan teaches at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee, Kansas. She is a past president of the Kansas Orff Chapter and has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region III representative and treasurer. She served as national conference chair for the 2016 AOSA Conference in Atlantic City and serves in the same position for the 2020 AOSA Conference in Kansas City. Jennifer served on the 2009 and 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year teams. The 2012 recipient of the World Village Wildcard scholarship, Jennifer attended the JaSeSoiRy World Village in Finland.

Connie Van Engen: Pedagogy – Level II

Connie Van Engen is the music specialist at Bell Prairie Elementary, where she teaches K-5th grade students, and conducts the Wind Song Choir. She received her Orff-Schulwerk Certification from Hamline University, and apprenticed with Elaine Larson at George Mason University. Connie also serves as the Level II Pedagogy instructor in the Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is the immediate past recording secretary of AOSA, and has served as a Region III representative. In 2013, Connie was named the North Kansas City School District’s Teacher of Distinction. She is a soprano in the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. Connie and her husband, Ken, share their 100-year-old house in Kansas City with an old English sheepdog named Addy.

Greg Gooden: Recorder – Levels I & II

Greg Gooden retired in 2020 after 39 years of teaching elementary music. He is the director of the Geary County Children’s Choir and previously directed the McPherson Arts Council Children’s Choir. Greg is the past president of the Kansas Orff Chapter and was the Elementary Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year in 2006 and 2012 for the North Central District KMEA. He was a presenter at the 2005 AOSA National Conference in Birmingham and the 2006 National Conference in Omaha. Greg has been the Orff course director and recorder instructor at Baker University since its inception.

Freedom Brass: Movement – Levels I & II

Freedom Brass teaches kindergarten through fifth-grade music at Lincoln Elementary in Junction City, Kansas. She studied music education at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Freedom received all three levels of her Orff training at Baker University as well as an Orff master class. Freedom is on the board of directors for the Junction City Little Theatre and has been the musical director for Grease the Musical and Wizard of Oz. She also performs flute with various pit orchestras and local ensembles. Freedom has a passion for mentoring new teachers in the profession and is a highly qualified district mentor. She has also partnered with Kansas State University and Tabor College as a student-teaching mentor.