Level III – Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

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

Orff Training Level 3 CRN: 61963

2024 Fees: (Tuition: $969.65 + Fees: $156.35) Total Fees for Level III: $1126.00

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

Date: August 12, 2024 – August 23, 2024; Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm 

Location: Vancouver Community College (Broadway Campus), 1155 E Broadway, Vancouver BC. 

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 2024, 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. Because the Basic Orff content significantly overlaps in the “new Level II” and the “old Level III” for the summer of 2024 Levels II and III will be combined for Basic Orff for the majority of time. Supplementary experiences for Level III students will enable the emphasis on leadership and pedagogy. (This will not require any additional hours for Level III students, but scheduled times when Level II and III students meet separately.)

Level III recorder will review pentatonic and diatonic scales as well as explore Medieval modes on the full range of recorders.

In movement Level II concepts will be consolidated, developing artistry through choreographic opportunities, experiencing historical dance forms, strengthening notation skills, working with mixed meters, and moving to various styles of music.

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.

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


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.