Level I – Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

Registration is OPEN! Registration Instructions here: Master Orff Student Letter 2024
Orff Training Level 1 CRN: 61960

2024 FEES: (Tuition: $969.65 + fees: $156.35) Total Fees for Level 1: $1126.00

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

Date: August 12, 2024 – August 23, 2024; 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 (Basic Orff, Recorder) has taught children for over 30 years, most recently K – 7 in Burnaby, BC. As an Orff specialist she presents at workshops and National Conferences in both the U.S. and Canada and has been Course Director for Orff Teacher Education at Vancouver Community College since 2007, where she teaches Level I. She served as Co-President of the BC Orff Chapter and is currently President of Carl Orff Canada. Performance experience includes steel drum ensembles, Keith Terry Body Music Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, and Adanu Habobo, an African drumming/dance ensemble co-directed by Kofi Gbolonyo. Pam received the BCMEA Music Educator Award in 2014 and BC Orff Chapter Honorary Life Membership in 2023.

Mary-Lynn Hepple Berti (Movement) has been an arts educator for over 35 years and proudly hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty One Territory. A graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division, she taught ballet and creative movement for the RWB School and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. Mary-Lynn returned to Winnipeg to pursue her Music and Education degrees from the University of Manitoba as a voice major specializing in early year’s music education. She has taught K-8 Music in Seven Oaks School Division for 19 years. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from the U. of M. and was honoured to be a recipient of the Morna-June Morrow Award for Excellence in Music Education in Manitoba. She completed her Orff level three training at the U. of M. and has taught all three levels of movement with that faculty since 2017. Mary-Lynn is absolutely thrilled to a part of the BC Summer Orff Course and cannot wait to sing, dance and play with the participants this August!