Orff Schulwerk Certification
Level I is largely experiential – a time in which the class as an ensemble comes together exploring, developing skills, creating, and analyzing music and movement activities. Elemental Music is approached through hands-on experiences, lively discussions and solid musical models which help develop both skills and concepts, and provide tools for creating your own active musicmaking curriculum. Prompt, daily attendance is expected. Please do not schedule appointments or other commitments during this time – successful completion is based on required contact hours. As an ensemble experience, your fellow participants depend on you.
Participants will have the opportunity to present a final sharing performance in one of Mason’s professional theater spaces, demonstrating the connection of skills and techniques gained during the program. Friends and family are welcome.
Dates: July 17 – 28, 2017 (2 weeks)
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Instructors: Donna Fleetwood, Joyce Stephansky and Shoshanah Drake, w/ Victoria Redfearn Cave and John Crandall
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building
On-Campus Housing: See Details
Parking: $25 per week Purchase A Pass
Tuition NON-CREDIT: $898
Tuition FOR-CREDIT: $1,650 in-state or $1,950 out-of-state
Register by Fax/Mail only (no online registration)
Sample daily schedule:
- An opening warm-up: songs, canons or movement at 8:30 sharp!
- Two class periods in basic pedagogy and elemental music theory – 3.5 hours total.
- A recorder class including playing techniques, literature and pedagogy as well as music and movement applications. 1 hour
- A class in movement including development of vocabulary and skills, pedagogy as well as musical applications – 75 minutes.
- In addition, there will be four special topic sessions throughout the course in which all three Levels come together for musical and movement experiences.
- And… of course breaks for travel, refreshment and lunch!
- Music for Children, Volume I, Margaret Murray edition; Schott Elementaria, Gunild Keetman; Schott
- The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book: A Method for Adults and Older Beginners, Book I, Soprano
- Recorders: Level 1 – Students will be asked to bring or purchase a quality Yamaha soprano recorder – YRS30 2B, available in the West bookstore for around $16
Recommended: (These selections are good for your professional bookshelf and are handy as you progress through the Levels.)
- Erstes Spiel am Xylophon, Keetman; Schott
- Rhythmische Übung, Keetman; Schott
- Spilebuch für Xylophon I, Keetman; Schott
- Play, Sing and Dance, Doug Goodkin; Schott
- Creative Dance for All Ages, Anne Green Gilber – strongly recommended
- Orff Schulwerk – American Edition, Volumes 1 and/or 2; Schott
Orff Levels Book Prices from West Music (coming soon!)
- Hand drums – due to shortages, we are asking that those who have access to hand drums to please bring them. Please put your name or your school’s name on any drums that you bring.
- A barred instrument from your school is handy to have at home to try out your orchestration assignments.
- Nursery rhymes, children’s poetry, picture and story books will be helpful.
- You may want to use/bring music writing computer software for your assignments such as Sibelius or Finale.
Credit and Non-Credit Enrollment: Assignments and Requirements
Summer Program Refund Policy