Level II – Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

Registration info Coming Soon

Contact Pam Hetrick: levels@bcorff.ca for questions.
Date: August 8, 2022 – August 19, 2022; Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm 

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 II is a newly revised two-week course where educators consolidate the learning from Level I and go on to explore hybrid meters, hexatonic and modal melodies and accompaniments as well as extended forms, through movement, playing, improvising, and composing. Students develop practical skills in lesson planning and teaching in a supportive environment. Recorder includes a continuation of soprano recorder as well as introduction of the alto recorder. Movement vocabulary is built through active participation with opportunities to experience set dances, generate sequences, explore notation, and fundamentally embody the concepts of elemental music as the creative and artistic expression of self. This course prepares students for the soon-to-be-offered revised Level III curriculum featuring functional harmony and changing meter.           


Successful completion of an approved Level I course with a mark of at least 80%. Please send a copy of your Level I grade to Pam Hetrick if you did not take Level I at VCC

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

Endorsed by Carl Orff Canada

Required Materials: 

  • Orff/Keetman,Music for Children I, II & IV, Schott, Margaret Murray Ed. Schott
  • Isabel McNeill Carley, Recorder Improvisation and Technique – Book Two(alto), 4th edition, Brasstown Press (Baroque fingering)
  • 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 $25)
  • 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, Warner Brothers and Pentatonic Press
  • Paul Cribari and Richard Layton, The Elemental Style: A Handbook for Composers and Arrangers, Sweet Pipes
  • Steven Calantropio, Pieces and Processes and/or Lessons in Elemental Style, Schott

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.


Catherine West, Level II Basic Orff & Recorder has an international reputation as an author, workshop clinician, course instructor and consultant. She has been the Director of Orff Teacher Education at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto for over twenty years. She provides leadership to Carl Orff Canada’s Teacher Education Curriculum Sub-Committee, working with teacher educators across the country. Catherine has taught Orff courses in Nova Scotia, Vancouver, China, and Toronto and also teaches music education at the University of Toronto. Currently she is the Pedagogy Leader for with Smart Start™, a Royal Conservatory research program investigating musical development in early childhood. She has developed programs with a variety of clients in her consulting career including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Tafelmusik, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, numerous faculties and boards of education, Orff chapters and conferences, provincial music associations and the Ontario Ministry of Education. Catherine has taught Level II and Level III at Vancouver Community College since 2011.

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.