Level III – 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 III is a two-week course where educators review what they have learned from the previous two Levels, and for summer 2022, explore hybrid meters, major, minor, and modal melodies and accompaniments, through movement, playing, singing, improvising and composing. Students will demonstrate mastery of the Orff process in lessons presented to their peers. Level III recorder will review pentatonic and diatonic scales and explore the Medieval Modes on the full range of recorders. In movement, Level II concepts will be consolidated, developing artistry through choreography opportunities, experiencing historical dance forms, strengthening notation skills, working with mixed meters, and moving to various styles of music. 

This is the last summer (2022) that Level III will be offered using the pedagogy of hybrid meters, and major, minor, and modal melodies. Hereafter this will be offered in Level II. Level III will feature functional harmony and mixed meters.

After successful completion of Level Three, students will receive Orff Certification.


Successful completion of an approved Level II course with a mark of at least 80% as well as fluency on soprano and alto recorder is required. Please send a copy of your Level II grade to Pam Hetrick if you did not take Level II 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, Vols. I, II, III, IV, and V, Schott, Murray Edition
  • Doug Goodkin, Play, Sing & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, Pentatonic Press
  • A good collection of poetry
  • soprano, alto and tenor recorders. (Preferably Aulos or YAMAHA). If possible, bring extra recorders including sopranino and bass for ensemble work.
  • Recorder text, TBA

Suggested Materials (optional)

  • Paul Cribari and Richard Layton, The Elemental Style” part 1


Marcelline Moody(B.A., U of W.A.), is an Orff graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada, and of the Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education from the Special Course at the Orff Institute, Salzburg. She has taught Orff Levels Courses for over 25 years at the University of Manitoba and workshops across Canada, in Australia, Salzburg, China, France, and England. She was a member of the Ostinato Editorial Board for several years. Her students have performed at National Orff conferences, and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for which they composed works. A Music Education consultant with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for 20 years, she now works as Education consultant with the Victoria Symphony. After retirement from the school system, she taught an Orff program for children from birth to 10 years at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and has directed recorder ensembles for Seniors. Her great love is the recorder, and she has published recorder manuals “Reach for a Star”, books 1 and 2. In June of 1986, she was awarded the Bronze Medal of the town of Ouistreham in Normandy, France, for her services to music in the community. She is a recipient of the Morna-June Morrow Award for Teaching Excellence in Manitoba and the Arts in Education Award from the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts.

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.