Orff Schulwerk at UK

What students are saying...

Lindsey Duncan Level 2 (2016)
Saint Agnes Parish School; Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky
"The Orff Levels have been the most transformational teacher training that I have received post-grad. The material is accessible to my students and brings out their best musicianship."

Macaulley Whitlock Level 1 (2016)
American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico
"I thought it was well put together and appreciated the quality of teachers. All around a great and worthwhile opportunity!"

Sheri Tadlock Level 2 (2016)
Wayne County Board of Education; Wayne, WV
"The staff was very friendly, helpful, welcoming, knowledgeable. I was impressed with the way things were handled and what the UK staff added to the course and special topics."

Orff Schulwerk is “Music for Children”, a way to teach and learn music using poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as basic materials. The Schulwerk was created by composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman in Europe. The emphasis is on students as improvisers and performers. It is the most exciting way to teach and learn music. The University of Kentucky has offered Schulwerk certification for teachers for over twenty years, taught by a most prestigious team of master teachers.  These training courses, if taken for credits, can be used to count towards a Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk and a MM degree concentrating in Orff Schulwerk.

For questions about Orff Schulwerk Training, contact Dr. Martina Vasil at (859) 257-8203 or martina.vasil@uky.edu.

Artful-Playful-Mindful with Diana Hawley

5 Sunday evenings 7:30–8:45pm EDT (Feb 13, 27, Mar 20, 27, Apr 10)
6.25 PD hours, non-credit
Online, Synchronous through Catalog
Cap: 20

The purpose of this course is to explore Jane Frazee’s Artful-Playful-Mindful model, a project-based framework for active music learning, characterized by performing, creating and thinking about musical ideas. Course participants will be invited to:

  • bring new intentionality as they select musical materials for the classroom
  • consider how to make the most of playfulness on the path to musical understanding
  • analyze creative tasks typical of an Orff-Schulwerk classroom
  • experience classroom protocols that invite students to make their learning visible
  • practice generating questions that deepen musical understanding
  • develop a three-part project that utilizes elements of the APM model designed with their students in mind

Prerequisite: None
Registration Deadline: January 1, 2022

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Artful-Playful-Mindful by Jane Frazee

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training

Levels I, II with Diana Hawley, Betsy Kipperman, Mona Mann, and Laura Peterson

June 21–25 and June 27–July 1, 2022*
8:15am–4:15pm EDT
65 PD hours, available for university credit
In Person, 105 College of Fine Arts, Lexington, KY
Cap for Level 1: 29
Cap for Level 2: 18


Curriculum Development with Lennie Davis

June 21–25, 2022*
30 PD hours, available for university credit
In Person, 105 College of Fine Arts, Lexington, KY
Cap: 15

*Please note that these dates are Tues–Sat and then Mon–Fri due to the observance of Juneteenth on Monday, June 20

Seats are limited! Not all levels may be available during registration if seats have filled. The price listed is for PD hours. If you are interested in taking any of these courses for University credit please contact martina.vasil@uky.edu, there are additional costs per University credit. Campus housing options will be available for double suites and private rooms. Course content follows the curriculum approved by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Classes meet for 6 hours each day with a lunch break between morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2022

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Some study materials are required to complete all three levels of the program. While these materials are specific, students may feel free to source them wherever is most convenient and cost effective. If students already have these materials from completing previous levels there is no need to purchase it a second or third time. 

Your West Music Online Store is ready! Here’s the linkA few reminders: Use the promo code 8UKY (also listed on the course page) during checkout to get free shipping. NOTE: This offer is for free shipping on the entire order (with a $24.95 minimum purchase), so participants are welcome to add other things to their order in addition to their course materials (standard exclusions apply)! It’s a great time to stock up. Please make sure your participants place their order several weeks before the course to ensure that their order arrives in time.

Level I



  • Elementaria

Level II



  • Spielbuch fur Xylophone band 1 and 2
  • Elementaria