Orff Schulwerk Certification
In Level III you will review the diatonic modes* melodically and harmonically, work with non-cadential triadic accompaniments and move on to I-V, I-IV and I-IV-V functional progressions in major and minor modes using activities that are accessible and appealing to both you and your students. Improvisation plays a key role. Rhythmic work will continue to expand to meters in 5, 7 as well as other symmetrical and non-symmetrical meters, and changing meters. Instrumental work will further develop playing skills in percussion (pitched and unpitched). Recorder will include work with additional voices sopranino, tenor and bass recorders – developing playing and improvisational skills and further exploring pedagogy using all recorders. Movement classes will draw on the ideas and concepts outlined above and make use of more advanced technique and skills in choreography and improvisation as well as pedagogical considerations and the role of dance and movement in the development of Orff Schulwerk. While Level III is very important step, it doesn’t signal the end of your studies. You will want to continue your education in ways that will nourish your personal and professional development and help you assimilate what you have learned and experienced. Continue to look for supplemental classes as well as the Master Class – offered every second year at Mason!
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.
*Note: Those who completed Level II at Mason followed a curriculum which reviewed and completed work with pentatonic and hexatonic scales and moved on to activities involving the diatonic modes (Ionian, Aeolian, Dorian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Phrygian).
Dates: July 17 – 28, 2017 (2 weeks)
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Instructors: Matt McCoy, w/ Victoria Redfearn Cave and John Crandall
WE”RE SORRY, ORFF LEVEL III IS FULL AS OF 03/20/17.
Click on “Register for Non-Credit” to join the Waitlist.
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 II as a reminder to have these on hand as well:
- Music for Children, Volumes I, II and IV, Murray Edition; Schott
- Music for Children, Volumes III and V, Murray Editions; Schott
- The Recorder Consort, Volume II, Rosenberg Boosey and Hawkes
- Creative Dance for All Ages, Anne Green Gilbert
- Pieces and Processes, Calantropio; Schott
- Recorders: Soprano and alto are required, tenor is highly recommended (and will be available for purchase). Basses, sopraninos, garkleins are welcome!
Recommended: (These selections are good for your professional bookshelf and are handy as you progress through the Levels.)
- Spielbuch für Xylophon II, III, Keetman; Schott
- Paralipomana, Keetman, Orff; Schott
- Orff Schulwerk-American Edition, Volume 3; Schott
- Orff Schulwerk: Applications for the Classroom, Brigitte Warner; Prentice Hall (hard to find now)
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.
- Children’s Poetry, Myths/Tales and Quality Picture Books
Credit and Non-Credit Enrollment: Assignments and Requirements
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