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All Orff and Kodály courses will only be taught in a face-to-face format and will be cancelled if COVID-19 does not allow for face to face instruction. All potential Open Studies students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Kathy Robinson at for current information on course offerings before applying to Open Studies.

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All listed Music Academy classes are 3-credit courses.


EDEL 595: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Music Education

Pre-class Work: Online work through University of Alberta eClass site. Contact Dr. Kathy Robinson upon registering at

On campus pre-class session: May 6, 7
On campus classes: May 13, 14, 27, 28 and June 3 & 4
Fridays: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Instructor: Dr. Kathy Robinson

The role of culture in music education has always been strong, however, that strength has centered on musical content. Culturally relevant or responsive pedagogy (CRP) aims to center the cultures, musics, languages and lived experiences of the students who we teach and learn from in our increasingly diverse Canadian society. Topics to be addressed in this course include: examining and broadening a personal mindset, developing cultural competence to teach to and through students’ personal and cultural strengths, caring for students and building a learning community, cross-cultural communications, culturally compatible instructional practices, moving beyond middle-class Eurocentric frameworks that shape North American music education, combining professional assuredness as musicians and teachers with cultural humility, and developing musicianship skills to facilitate learning in the aural tradition. Hands on music experiences, guest presenters, video recordings, research and professional readings, and group discussion and presentations will be the vehicles for our learning.

For more information, email Dr. Kathy Robinson at


EDEL 495/597: Kodály Level I: Musicianship, Pedagogy, and Choral

July 4-15, 2022 | 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pre-class work through eClass. Contact Anita Perlau upon registration at

Anita Perlau
Pedagogy & Folk Materials

Marni Strome
Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensemble

This course is designed for elementary teachers interested in strengthening their teaching skills related to the development of children’s music literacy. Pedagogical principles and practices to develop music literacy skills in primary grades will be explored with a special emphasis on contemporary pedagogy inspired by Zoltán Kodály. Building a positive classroom environment for music learning within the context of developing musical understanding will be discussed with daily hands-on exploration of learner-centered materials, resources and teaching strategies appropriate for each grade level. Choral repertoire and vocal pedagogy suitable for singers in primary grades will be examined. Students will also have the opportunity to continue developing their own personal singing, conducting, and general musicianship skills (e.g., inner hearing, tonic solfa, sight singing) in the context of daily course activities.

For further info, contact Anita Perlau ( or Kathy Robinson (

Prerequisite: The ability to read, write, and analyze music using staff notation.


EDEL 495/597: Orff Schulwerk Levels I & III

July 18 - July 29, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sue Harvie
Level I Ensemble & Pedagogy

Robert de Frece
Level III Ensemble & Pedagogy // Level I & III Choral Musicianship

Wendy Rae
Level I & III Recorder

Kim Friesen Wiens
Level I & III Movement

The University of Alberta Department of Elementary Education continues its long tradition of Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education with a distinguished faculty. This 10-day course is for music teachers who wish to make music education a joyful, creative experience for both their students and themselves through the Orff process. The program follows the curriculum approved by Carl Orff Canada. Each day includes classes in Ensemble, Pedagogy, Recorder, Movement, and Choral Musicianship.

Level I (495/597):
The Orff approach to music education is holistic, experiential and process oriented. Students learn by active participation as they experience music through moving, speaking, singing, performing body percussion, and playing non-pitched and pitched instruments. Level I explores basic Orff techniques including the use of the pentatonic scale, ostinato, bordun (drone) accompaniments, and the elemental style developed by composer Carl Orff and his colleague, Gunild Keetman. 
Prerequisite: The ability to read, write, and analyze musi via staff notation.

Level III (597):
Level III Ensemble classes review functional harmony (I-V, I-IV, I-IV-V) and explore shifting two-chord harmonies (I-II, I-III, I-VI, I-VII in the major and minor), employing these accompaniments with the diatonic modes. Countermelodies are created using the principles of diaphony and paraphony. In Pedagogy classes, applications of Orff strategies in teaching concepts and skills are refined and analyzed. Recorder study includes C-fingering (soprano and tenor) and F-fingering (sopranino,alto, and bass) recorders with a focus on developing the ability to transfer between these instruments. Movement classes expandstudents’ understanding of movement pedagogy, including the teaching of historic dances and choreographing in their style.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of an Orff Schulwerk Level II endorsed by Carl Orff Canada.

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