Level I – Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! VCC 2023 Intro/Levels Registration Instructions

International Students email study@vcc.ca to apply.

Contact Pam Hetrick: levels@bcorff.ca with any questions. 

Course: Orff Training Level 1 – CRN 61912 

Domestic Tuition: $932.00 + additional fees ($148.25) International Tuition: $1432.00 + additional fees ($257.55)

Date: August 14, 2023 – August 25, 2023; Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: VCC Broadway Campus, 1155 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 4V5                                           

Certified Orff Levels Courses are the primary way to receive in-depth professional development 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 immersing educators in the learning process of Orff Schulwerk, inspiring the growth of teachers’ creative expression and improvisation, designed to develop an experiential understanding of this approach to teaching. It includes expression through movement, the voice, barred instruments, non-pitched percussion, and soprano recorder, as well as introduction to Orff theory (pentatonic scales, bordun, ostinati, orchestration for Orff barred instruments). Special Topics sessions may include choral techniques, folk dance, world music traditions, yoga, staging and other topics.


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

Pam Hetrick

Endorsed by Carl Orff Canada

Required Materials:

  • Orff/Keetman, Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children, Volume I, Margaret Murray, ed., Schott
  • Doug Goodkin, Play, Sing & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, Schott
  • Keetman, Gunild, Elementaria, Schott
  • soprano recorder (preferably Aulos or Dometsch)
  • 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
  • Doug Goodkin, Teach Like It’s Music, Pentatonic Press

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.


Pam Hetrick has taught children for over 30 years, most recently K – 7 in Burnaby, BC. As an Orff specialist she presents workshops locally and at National Conferences in both the U.S. and Canada. She was on the Editorial Board of the American Orff Echo for 10 years. Pam served as Co-President of the BC Orff Chapter and is currently the President of Carl Orff Canada. Performance experience includes steel drum ensembles, Keith Terry Body Music Ensemble, and Balinese Gamelan. She is a member of Adanu Habobo, an African drumming/dance ensemble co-directed by Kofi Gbolonyo. Pam taught Level I at Western Oregon University for two summers and has been Course Director and Level I Instructor for the Orff Teacher Training Program at Vancouver Community College since 2007. In 2014 Pam received the BCMEA Music Educator Award. 


Bethany Ellen Elsworth (Movement) is an experienced Orff-Schulwerk teacher from Australia.  She completed her Level 4 Orff training in New Zealand with movement teacher Barbara Haselbach and is a graduate of the 2014/15 Postgraduate Degree of Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education Orff-Schulwerk, from the Orff Institute in Salzburg. Bethany has been a Movement Levels presenter for the Australian National Orff-Schulwerk Association since 2011. Bethany now resides in the Okanagan working as a fine arts teacher in the Elementary sector. In collaboration with the BC Orff Chapter, she designed and implemented an online course titled, “A Touch of Orff.” Last year she was also invited to present sessions for the BC Orff Chapter and the BCMEA Conference. In 2019 she published her first book “As simple as you make it” in Australia and has recently launched a new resource in Canada called, “Hey you, make that sound!”  Bethany enjoys sharing her love of this creative approach and has enjoyed presenting sessions in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Japan and Singapore.