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All Orff and Kodaly 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: Popular Music Pedagogies in Music Education

Remote Delivery - Synchronous

Course Dates: May 7, 8, 14,15, 28, 29, June 4 & 5.
Fridays: 5 to 8:30 PM
Saturdays: 8:30 AM to 12:50 PM  

Instructor: Dr. Martina Vasil

The purpose of this course is to examine strategies for integrating popular music pedagogies in music education. Using Lucy Green’s seminal work, "Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy”, as the cornerstone reading, students will engage in discussion and focus on lesson development and sharing.

Note: This course will remain as remote delivery even if the University of Alberta returns to face-to-face instruction.

For more information, email Dr. Kathy Robinson at


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

Level One: EDEL 495/597

July 5-16, 2021 • 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM
Pre-class work through eClass

Anita Perlau
Level I Pedagogy & Materials

Marni Strome
Level I 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 (


EDEL 495/597: Orff Schulwerk • Levels I & II

July 19 - July 30, 2021 • 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Sue Harvie
Level I Ensemble & Pedagogy

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

Wendy Rae
Level I & II Recorder

Kim Friesen Wiens
Level I & II 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 (COC). 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 music via staff notation.

Level II (597):
Builds on the skills and concepts learned in Level I. Students expand their repertoire of orchestration possibilities with the moving bordun (drone) and accompaniments for diatonic melodies requiring I-V and I-IV-V harmonizations. Recorder study includes the soprano and alto recorder and movement classes expand students' understanding of movement pedagogy, including the teaching of structured folk dances. Pedagogy classes focus on the use of Orff Schulwerk in a lesson-planning framework for teaching musical skills and concepts.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of an Orff Schulwerk Level I endorsed by Carl Orff Canada.

For further information, email