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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Summer is on the way and so are all of our fantastic Orff Schulwerk courses. Registration is now open for Levels I, II and II, as well as for the Introduction to Orff Course and this summer's master class with Debra Giebelhaus-Maloney, "2, 4, 8, 16... An Orff Circle!" Come one, come all and sign up for the Orff course that's right for you! Please help strengthen our community by letting your friends and colleagues know about our summer offerings. Thank you!

 

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Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Birthe Kulich scholarship recipients! Delia Major, Rebecca Visser and Lucy Chang.

President's Message Spring 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Orff in Canada! The 25thNational Conference in Niagara Falls was a whirlwind of workshops and opportunities to connect with ‘Orffans’ from across Canada and beyond. It was inspiring to see what other chapters are doing to keep their members engaged and what other teachers are doing to motivate their students. I hope that at the next conference in Edmonton we will have many more participants from BC.

A Salzburg Sampler Debriefed

After a year in Salzburg, James Jackson came back to teaching with the need to share. Bringing us back as teachers in September to the experience of being a student is always so valuable as we begin the year, and this workshop was just that.

 

Finding the space for improvisation within the classroom gives back the fun to the students, laying the groundwork for their interest and involvement. Building community and inclusion is so important and giving children in music class a chance to find their place.

One way James took this further was by asking us to reflect regularly in between

Orff Level 1 Graduates

Congratulations to all of the graduates of this year's Level I Orff Teacher's Training Courses. It was another memorable summer full of inspiring students. Best wishes to all of you!! Our scholarship recipient for Level One, Julia Walmsley, wrote this fabulous piece about experience with the Orff process this August:

My time in Orff level 1 at Vancouver Community College

Orff Schulwerk has always been important to me.

First Nations Songs For the Classroom

As we entered the room on this clear, mild January morning we were welcomed into a circle of seats, creating a warm sense of openness and calm. After acknowledging the peoples on whose traditional territories we were on, Sherryl sang us a welcoming song in which we had to face East, then South, then West and North back to East. The power of Sherryl's high-reaching voice and the drum beating like the heart beat of Mother Nature had us all ready and keen to learn songs from the First Nations, embracing what the songs mean to people of the nations that they come from.

Read on for more description and links to lesson plans!