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Level I - Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

Certified Levels Courses are the primary way to receive in-depth training in Orff Schulwerk in Canada, following the guidelines of Carl Orff Canada. They are offered in two-week sessions during the summer, usually running from 8:30 – 5:00, Monday through Friday. Each Level includes 3 hours of Basic Orff instruction, 1 1/2 hours of Movement, 1 hour of Recorder and 1 hour of Special Topics daily.

Level I is a two-week course designed to immerse educators in the learning process of Orff Schulwerk, developing an understanding of this approach to teaching. It includes hands-on training in rhythm, melody, Orff instruments, elemental movement, soprano recorder, Orff theory (pentatonic scales, bordun, ostinati, orchestration for Orff barred instruments), as well as Special Topics sessions. Special Topics sessions may include choral techniques, folk dance, world music traditions, yoga, staging and other topics. Guest teachers will be announced.

Successful completion of an approved Level I course with a grade of at least 80% provides participants with the opportunity to continue training in Level II. Enrolment is limited to 24. This course is credited with 4 upper division credits.

Fees for  Level I for 2019 are $1010.85 for domestic students and $1570.22 for international students.


Contact Pam Hetrick:

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

Vancouver Community College (Downtown Campus)

250 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1S9 - Room 420

A degree in music or strong musicianship, including the ability to read music is required. Introductory Orff and practical teaching experience is highly recommended.

Endorsed by Carl Orff Canada

Required Materials: 

• Orff/Keetman, Music For Children, Volume I, Schott, Margaret Murray, Ed.
• Goodkin, Doug, Play, Sing & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk
• Keetman, Gunild, Elementaria, Schott
• soprano recorder (preferably Aulos or Dometsch) English style only please
• Windsongs Series Books 2 & 3, Joe Berarducci and Birthe Kulich.
• course packet (available for purchase first day of class)
• manuscript paper and/or computer notation program such as Finale or Sibelius

Suggested Materials (optional): 

• Children’s poetry or nursery rhyme book
• Music for Children, American Edition, Vols. 1 – 3. (Schott)



Pam Hetrick has taught music for over 30 years and is currently an Orff music specialist in Burnaby. She presents Orff Schulwerk workshops frequently in the U.S. and Canada, including National Conferences in both countries. She is Past Co-President of the BC Orff Chapter and served on the American Orff Schulwerk Editorial Board for 10 years. Pam has studied music in Bali, Indonesia, music and dance in Madras, India and was a recipient of the American Gunild Keetman Grant for research on Balinese Tingklik. Performing experience includes steel drum bands, Gamelan Sekar Jaya with whom she toured Indonesia twice, Keith Terry Body Music Ensemble, and currently Adanu Habobo, an African music and dance ensemble. She taught Level 1 at Western Oregon University for two summers and is currently Course Director and Level I Instructor for the Orff Teacher Training Program at Vancouver Community College, for the 11th year. Pam received the 2014 BCMEA Music Educator Award.


Susie Green is an internationally recognized choreographer and master teacher in Dance and Movement Education. She has taught Orff Schulwerk movement Levels I – III at UBC, Seattle Pacific University and for the past 10 years at Vancouver Community College. She teaches Orff music and movement as an artist in residence at schools in BC, Washington, Finland, Lapland, Moscow, Spain, and Australia. Susie has given workshops at Carl Orff Canada National Conferences, and has been the keynote presenter for AOSA. She has served on the Movement Guideline committees for both COC and AOSA. Susie has received 2 Global Arts Awards - (2002 & 2011) “for outstanding contributions to global arts performance and arts education.” In addition she received the Commemorative Medal of Canada for “contributions to community and country”. She continues to work in local and international schools as well as coaching and choreographing. She has sent over 3 dozen students to top jobs in dance companies, Broadway, film and TV. She continues to do Artists in Residencies through ARTSTARTS. Susie inspires students of all ages to recognize and embrace their potential as creative movers.

Joy Reeve is an author, clinician, and teacher who is known for her creativity and expertise in the Orff approach across Canada.  She has taught in thirty different schools throughout the Toronto area, and has over twenty years of experience teaching children.  As Faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Joy has taught hundreds of teachers through workshops and the Orff Levels courses, both Basic Orff pedagogy, and Movement.  Joy has presented courses and workshops across Canada for teacher’s federations and various music associations.  Joy writes curriculum, directs and arranges for school choirs and has held choral positions at the Royal Conservatory School incorporating movement and choral singing.