Level I - University OF Regina - August 2018

The Saskatchewan Orff Chapter sponsored our Teacher Training Course, Orff Level 1 from August 7-17, 2018 at the University of Regina.  We had 10 participants from across the province.  These participants received instruction from Janie Fries in Basic Orff and Recorder and from Marlene Hinz, Movement and Dance.  The Orff approach to Music Education is holistic, experiential and process oriented. It is for all children, not just the most musically or intellectually gifted, and encompasses aural, visual and kinesthetic learners.  This course provides teachers with an invaluable base of knowledge and experience in active music making.


Not familiar with Orff Schulwerk Music Education? Watch the following video of an Orff Level I Course in action: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOwNjqmdNE8  Sing, dance and play the Orff way!

COURSE CERTIFICATION: Those who pass the course receive 3.0 undergraduate university credits. Upon recommendation of the instructors, participants may also be eligible to receive Orff Level I Certification from Music for Children: Carl Orff Canada.

2018 Orff Level I Participant Review from the recipient of Carol Petrie Scholarship:

Over the course of this past August, I was fortunate enough to acquire my Orff Level 1 Certification through the University of Regina. This two week intensive aimed to introduce the basic pedagogy and practical application of Orff Schulwerk, focusing on the Saskatchewan curriculum and our constantly shifting classroom demographic.

    The opportunity to take this course as an intensive was extremely beneficial to my overall understanding of the material. By being completely immersed in the music and movement content, I was able to focus my energy into both creating and learning from the perspective of a student. This approach helped me to understand where adaptations could take place for all types of learners, and further enforced the idea that Orff is truly for everybody. Moreover, our instructors, Janie Fries and Marlene Hinz, took the opportunity throughout the course to discuss pedagogical issues within the teaching practice. We discussed the vast demographic of children we will see in our arts programs and how to best facilitate their learning, along with the importance of indigenizing our curriculum as well as our Orff practice.

    While sifting through the course content, one underlying theme stuck with me; collaboration - both with students and fellow colleagues. Though we are teachers, we are also participants and facilitators in learning, and should strive to push our own understanding within our fields of expertise. This Orff Level 1 course allowed me to do just that, and I know everyone involved became better educators because of it.

    On a final note, I would like to thank the Saskatchewan Orff Chapter for allowing me this opportunity to learn and better myself as a teacher and musician. I am looking forward to bringing everything I have learned into the classroom, and sharing in these new experiences with my students.

 Kirsten Hinz

2014 Orff Level I Participant Reviews:

Most people my age are entering their “retirement window”.  I took a 14 year long maternity leave, so my “window” is still a long ways off.  I feel very privileged to be back doing what I love to do for the second time in my life.  I’m “back in my 20’s” and anxious to learn all I can to sharpen my professional skills as a teacher.  For the most part, I’ve only ever taught Band.   Arts Education is something I always steered away from.  That portfolio is HUGE and certainly has felt way out of my comfort zone.  However, through a series of very fortunate events, I was able to move into a position that allowed me to be in one school and teach Band and Arts Ed for 2013-14.  Because I had professional support from colleagues, administration and our school was just beginning 3 year partnership as an “Art for Life School” with the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, I felt like this teaching assignment was doable.  Even though I did experience some highlights and successes this past year, I really wasn’t much beyond “survival mode” in the Arts Ed part of my job.   I KNEW I needed to get some practical training to move beyond survival and become more effective so that my students would experience all that they could and should be experiencing during the Arts Ed portion of their week.  I attended my first Orff workshop in Sept 2013.  I was SO out of my league, but what impressed me most was how welcoming and encouraging these teachers were.  There was an elevated level of energy, excitement and collegial support in the room all day long.  Even though, much of what we did that day went over my head, I knew I was hooked on the Orff pedagogy and decided that day to commit to taking the Level 1 course at the U of R in August 2014.  The course did NOT disappoint.   I was clearly the “mom” in the group and that’s okay.  It was probably one of the most stretching but most practical Education courses I’ve taken.  Every day was chock full of ideas and activities I would be able to use in the tomorrow, both in the Arts Ed and Band classroom.   As our skills increased, creativity began to flow and the camaraderie developed.  I feel SO much more confident heading into this school year compared to last year.  I’m excited to begin planning units and lessons that incorporate the pedagogy that we worked so hard to learn and practice.  The best part is, I feel like a young and energetic teacher just starting out and ready to become the best teacher I can be!   Through taking the Orff Level 1 course, a whole new world has been opened up for me.  At my age, it doesn’t get better than that!  I’d highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to develop their creative skills as an Arts Ed teacher.  The investment of time, energy and money is well worth it.    And… you’re never too old :)
~ Submitted by Karen Mckenzie, participant

I teach kindergarten to grade five music in rural Saskatchewan. When I noticed an Orff certification course offered at the University of Regina, I decided to take the course and see how it could affect my teaching.  This was the best decision of my young career!  It is now two weeks into my new school year and my teaching style has absolutely changed for the better.  Everything that we did as part of our course work could be taken straight into the classroom and put to use immediately.  Often, as a music educator, I find that after going to PD or workshops, I have to figure out how to adjust the ideas to work for me, but not this time!  Students have been leaving my classroom raving to their classroom teachers about how fun music class was that day, and I am constantly using methods introduced to me through Orff training.  On top of the wonderful methodology that I learned while taking this course, it was also a great opportunity to network.  Being from a rural school division, I find that I often feel completely alone in what I’m teaching.  I don’t get many opportunities to get together with a music educator community.  This was a great time to network with other music educators and develop my classroom support system.  I would highly recommend this course to any music educator I meet!                   ~Submitted by Meagan Miller, participant