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Orff Schulwerk, Lvl 3

MUSC 2000

An in-depth study of the teaching philosophy, technique and classroom application of the Orff-Schulwerk methodology. Students further develop their knowledge of classical compositions, recorder study, orchestration techniques and movement skills each day while studying the elements of music including improvisation. 

Guest Lecturers will be:

  1. Chris Judah-Lauder is the immediate Past President of the American OrffSchulwerk Association and has had extensive work with students of K-8th grade. 
  2. Dr. Kate Webster is a K-6 Music Specialist in the Stillwater Area Public Schools District near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  3. Julie Blakeslee teaches K-6 music in Billings, MT and directs recorder, drum and guitar ensembles in her two schools.


  • Demonstrate the application of Orff terminology, pedagogy, methodology and techniques.
  • Demonstrate advanced performing skills on the recorder.
  • Ability to create a modal melody over given ostinato or chordal accompaniment.
  • Instrumental improvisation using the pentatonic, hexatonic and diatonic scales on recorders and Orff instruments.
  • Vocal improvisation using Meter of 5, Meter of 7, changing meter and syncopated patterns.
  • Advanced understanding of folk dance and creative movement.
  • Pedagogical understanding of didactics, creativity, orchestration, timbre rhythm, melody, harmony and form.

Required Student Resources:

  • Music for Children Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 (Murray Edition)
  • Rhythmische Ubung by Gunild Keetman (Schott)
  • Spielbuch für Xylophone (Orff, Keetman) Volume 1
  • Soprano Recorder – Yamaha (YRS302)
  • Alto Recorder
  • I-V, I-IV-V song material. Fake or guitar books are a great resource.
  • I-VII song material, if possible.
  • A collection of modal songs, if possible.
  • Children’s poetry books, online is acceptable.
  • 2” notebook with 5 tabs
  • Writing pad, computer or Ipad
  • If using Finale 2014 or Sibelius to complete your assignments, bring a flash drive to download assignment temps.
  • Staff paper or music notation software
  • Three-ring binder (2-inch) with tab dividers
  • Notebook paper for note taking or other note-taking medium
  • Access to folksong & poetry materials (books or websites)

Texts and recorders will be available for purchase starting at 7:30 a.m. on July 22nd.

Instruments from West Music Company will also be available for purchase.

"Thank you for bringing this wonderful music approach to NDSU!"

"It's a great class! I definitely recommend taking this course to other music teachers."