Level III – 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, 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 students review what they have learned from the previous two Levels, and explore hybrid meters, major, minor and modal melodies and accompaniments through playing, improvising and composing.  Students will demonstrate mastery of the Orff process in lessons presented to their peers.

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

Fees for Level III for 2019 are $1010.85 for domestic students and $1570.22 for international students.


Contact Pam Hetrick: levels@bcorff.ca

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 II course with a mark of at least 80%. Please send a copy of your Level II grade to Pam Hetrick.

Endorsed by Carl Orff Canada

Required Materials

  • Orff/Keetman Music for Children, Vols. I, II, III, IV, and V, Schott, Murray Edition
  • Play, Sing & Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, Doug Goodkin, Pentatonic Press
  • A good collection of poetry
  • soprano, alto and tenor recorders. (preferably Aulos or Dometsch). If possible, bring extra recorders including sopranino and bass for ensemble work


Marcelline Moody (B.A., U of W.A.), is an Orff graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada, and has her diploma in Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education from the Special Course at the Orff Institute, Salzburg. She has taught Orff Levels Summer Courses for 25 years at the University of Manitoba as well as 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, 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. Since retirement from the school system, she has been teaching an Orff program for children from birth to 10 years at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and directs recorder ensembles for Seniors. Her great love is the recorder, and she has recently published recorder manuals “Reach for a Star”, books 1 and 2. Teaching notation in a hands-on, “de-mystifying” way is one of her passions. 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.

Susie Green is an internationally recognized choreographer and master teacher in Dance and Movement Education. She has taught Orff Schulwerk movement Levels I – III at UBC, Seattle Pacific University and for the past 10 years at Vancouver Community College. She teaches Orff music and movement as an artist in residence at schools in BC, Washington, Finland, Lapland, Moscow, Spain, and Australia. Susie has given workshops at Carl Orff Canada National Conferences, and has been the keynote presenter for AOSA. She has served on the Movement Guideline committees for both COC and AOSA. Susie has received 2 Global Arts Awards – (2002 & 2011) “for outstanding contributions to global arts performance and arts education.” In addition she received the Commemorative Medal of Canada for “contributions to community and country”. She continues to work in local and international schools as well as coaching and choreographing. She has sent over 3 dozen students to top jobs in dance companies, Broadway, film and TV. She continues to do Artists in Residencies through ARTSTARTS. Susie inspires students of all ages to recognize and embrace their potential as creative movers.