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.


Contact Pam Hetrick: levels@bcorff.ca
Date: Monday, August 10, 2020 – 8:30am to Friday, August 21, 2020 – 5:00pm

Vancouver Community College (Downtown Campus)
250 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1S9 – Room 420
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Pam Hetrick

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
  • Isabel McNeill Carley, Recorder Improvisation and Technique – Book Two(alto), 4th edition, Brasstown Press
  • 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
  • Jane Frazee,  Artful-Playful-Mindful, Schott 2012
  • Catherine West, The Royal Conservatory of Music Orff Handbook (available for purchase first day of course at cost, about $20)
  • 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   Faculty: 

Catherine West is a Toronto Orff Specialist with an international reputation as an author, workshop clinician, course instructor and consultant. She was a member of the National Executive of Carl Orff Canada 2002-14, mostly as the Editor of the national journal, Ostinato. She is the Pedagogy Leader at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she is also the director and instructor for all levels of Orff teacher training. Additionally, she teaches Orff Levels courses for the Nova Scotia chapter and for Vancouver Community College. Catherine recently completed a term as Instructional Leader in music with the Toronto District School Board, and now works with Smart Start™, a RCM research program investigating the use of music to enhance cognitive skill development in early childhood. She coordinates the Additional Qualifications (teachers’) music courses for the University of Toronto’s education faculty (OISE) and has worked for numerous clients including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Tafelmusik, numerous faculties and boards of education, Orff chapters and conferences, provincial music associations and the Ontario Ministry of Education.