Orff Level III

Department of Elementary Education


July 23 – August 3, 2018


University of Alberta North Campus

Course description

Orff Level I
EDEL 597 SEM B03

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Orff Schulwerk Level II

Offered as part of the Summer Music Academy.

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 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 expand students' understanding of movement pedagogy, including the teaching of historic dances and choreographing in their style.

Note: Open to Elementary Education Graduate and Diploma, and Open Studies students. Qualified undergraduates may be eligible to take these courses upon approval of the instructors.

Dr. Robert de Frece - Ensemble & Pedagogy / Choral Musicianship
Wendy Rae - Recorder
Kim Friesen Wiens - Movement