Level II – Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

Registration is OPEN! Registration Instructions here:Master Orff Student Letter 2024

Orff Training Level 2 CRN: 61962

2024 Fees: (Tuition: $969.65 + fees $156.35) Total Fees for Level II: $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: Vancouver Community College (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 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 “new Level III” curriculum featuring functional harmony and changing meter. The new Level III will be offered as a separate course in subsequent summers. However, this summer, Levels II and III will be combined for much of Basic Orff, to facilitate those who have taken the “old Level II.” 


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

Pam Hetrick

Endorsed by Carl Orff Canada

Required Materials: 

  • Orff/Keetman, Music for ChildrenVols. I, II & IV, Schott, Margaret Murray Ed.
  • The Royal Conservatory of Music Orff Teacher Education Handbook, Catherine West, available for purchase on the first day of the course
  • Windsongs Series Books 5 & 6, Joe Berarducci and Birthe Kulich
  • Recorder Packet available from Instructor
  • Three piece Soprano and Alto recorders (Aulos or Yamaha) required with English/Baroque fingering. Please bring sopranino, tenor and bass recorders if available.
  • manuscript paper or music program e.g., Sibelius or Finale

Suggested Materials (optional): 

  • Paul Cribari and Richard Layton, The Elemental Style: A Handbook for Composers and Arrangers, Part I, Sweet Pipes
  • Doug Goodkin, Play, Sing & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, Schott
  • Steven Calantropio, Pieces and Processes, Schott
  • Spielbuch fur Xylophon I, II, and III, Orff/Keetman
  • Jane Frazee, Artful-Playful-Mindful, Schott 2012
  • A good book of children’s poetry

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.


Amanda Ciavarelli (Levels II & III Basic Orff) teaches elementary music at École South Pointe School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her choirs and Orff ensembles perform regularly at school assemblies, community events and concerts, at the Winnipeg Music Festival, and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education. She was honoured to receive the Morna-June Morrow Award for Excellence in education. Amanda is passionate about music education because of the important role music plays in the development and growth of children, fostering musicianship, teamwork, and communication while creating an opportunity for children to experience emotion and humanism through music.  

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!

Karen Epp (Recorder) (B.Mus., B.Ed. UBC, Grad. Dip. Ed. SFU) Karen has played recorder for as long as she can remember. When she was 18, she left England to come to Canada, and began studying music at UBC. At that time UBC did not allow students to study recorder so she majored in Oboe and Piano. Eventually she was allowed to switch to recorder, and became the first graduate with a major in recorder! After graduating, Karen played professionally with Early Music Vancouver, the CBC Orchestra, and the baroque group Ciacona. Karen is also a highly regarded and experienced teacher, working with students from 4 to 94. In 1981 Karen discovered the world of Orff and has never looked back. The Orff approach has influenced her teaching in both regular and music classrooms, as well as her work with adults. For many years she taught children’s music programmes at the Langley Music School, the Dunbar Community Centre and the Birthe Kulich Orff studio. She has since moved to the Surrey school district. As a recorder specialist Karen has conducted Orff workshops across the country and taught Orff levels courses in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Karen continues to teach privately both to individuals and groups. She believes that everyone can learn to play wells and is passionate about sharing her love of the recorder.