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Level II - 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 II is a two-week course where students consolidate the learning that occurred in Level I as well as explore compound meters, hybrid meters and diatonic melodies and accompaniments as well as extended forms, through playing, improvising and composing. Students will demonstrate fluency with the transfer process in teaching a lesson to their peers. Recorder will include continuation of soprano recorder as well as introduction of the alto recorder. Students will join Level I and Level III for Special Topics each day.

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

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, August 24, 2018 - 4:30pm

Vancouver Community College (Downtown Campus)

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

Successful completion of an approved Level I course with a mark of at least 80%.

Endorsed by Carl Orff Canada

Required Materials: 
  • Orff/Keetman Music for ChildrenVols. I, II & III, Schott, Margaret Murray Ed
  • Joe Berarducci and Birthe Kulich, Windsongs Series Books 4, 5 & 6 (I’s the B’y, A la claire fontaine, Alto Odyssey) Vancouver: Empire, 1998
  • soprano, and alto recorders (preferably Aulos or Dometsch)
Suggested Materials (optional): 

Doug Goodkin, any of Name Games, A Rhyme in Time, Sound Ideas, Intery Mintery


Joe Berarducci resides in sunny Kelowna B.C. where he teaches piano and co-directs the children’s choir at the Community Music School. He has been involved with Carl Orff Canada for over twenty years having served as president of the B.C. Chapter as well as Carl Orff Canada. He presents workshops throughout Canada and the U. S. as well as sessions at National Orff Conferences in both countries. He has taught Level courses for many years in the U.S. and Canada. He has worked for the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University, Seattle Pacific University, Chapman University, University of Victoria, University of Lethbridge, Capilano College, Douglas College, Vancouver Community College, and School District #44 in North Vancouver B.C. In 2006, Joe received the award of Honorary Life Member to Music for Children, Carl Orff Canada, musique pour enfants. 

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.