For nearly 40 years, the St. Thomas Orff Schulwerk Certificate program has been a model of innovation for Orff certification courses offered in the United States. The St. Thomas Orff curriculum features education in subjects required by the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA): technique and improvisation, analysis and arranging, pedagogy, movement, and recorder - all of which are highlighted in individual classes and integrated through literature study. A distinctive feature of the St. Thomas program is the opportunity for students to engage in practical application of ensemble work in a daily pedagogy hour at each level of study. Orff Schulwerk study at St. Thomas introduces students to music education that emphasizes skill development and musical understanding through creative participation in open-ended activities. The national standards for music are addressed through an approach that develops the body, ear and mind in a variety of collective music-making processes. The development of musical and pedagogical skills occurs in an atmosphere of joyful exploration in an Orff Schulwerk approach to music education.
Orff Schulwerk Levels I, II, III (GMUS 731, 732, 733) and Orff Curriculum Development (GMUS 735) are required for University of St. Thomas Orff Mastery Certificate students. Visit our Graduate Course Offerings page for scheduling information.
For information about membership and national conferences, visit Minnesota Orff or your local chapter's Web site to learn more about workshops throughout the year.