Orff Schulwerk Certification
Level II is a big step for students who have made the decision to complete the Certification Program. It is a time for expanded learning after using and developing elemental musical and movement materials following Level I. It is also a time when many questions about theory and pedagogy that arose during the school year may be answered, and class discussions concerning application are approached on a more knowledgeable and practical level. The curriculum will review and complete work with additional pentatonic scales in preparation for activities involving hexatonic scales and the diatonic modes (Aeolian, Dorian, Mixolydian, Phrygian) in ways that are accessible and appealing to both you and your students. Rhythmic work will expand to more interesting and complex pieces in meters of 5, 7 and changing meters. Instrumental work will further develop skills in rhythmic and melodic percussion. The alto recorder will be introduced, developing playing skills and further exploring pedagogy using the alto and soprano recorders. Movement classes draw on the ideas and concepts outlined above and make use of more advanced technique and skill. Pedagogical concepts are built on the ensemble and individual experience.
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: Betsy Kipperman, w/ Victoria Redfearn Cave and John Crandall
Tuition NON-CREDIT: $898
Tuition FOR-CREDIT: $1,650 in-state or $1,950 out-of-state
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!
The beginning of the list includes books from Level I as a reminder to have these on hand as well:
- Music for Children, Volume I, Margaret Murray edition; Schott Elementaria, Gunild Keetman; Schott
- Music for Children, Volume II and Volume IV, Murray Edition; Schott
- The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book: A Method for Adults and Older Beginners, Book I, Alto Recorder Consort I, Steve Rosenberg
- Boosey and Hawkes Creative Dance for All Ages, Anne Green Gilbert
- Recorders: Level II students are asked to bring/buy an alto recorder. The following models will be available at the West Music Store: The Aulos 309 alto recorder OR the Yamaha YRA302B alto recorder
Recommended: (These selections are good for your professional bookshelf and are handy as you progress through the Levels.)
- Spielbuch für Xylophon I, II, Keetman, Schott
- Music For Children, American Edition, Vol. 2, Schott
- Orff Schulwerk: Applications for the Classroom, Brigitte Warner, Prentice Hall (hard to find)
- Spielstüke für Kleines Schlagwerk, Keetman; Schott
- 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.
- Children’s Poetry, Myths/Tales and Quality Picture Books
Credit and Non-Credit Enrollment: Assignments and Requirements
Summer Program Refund Policy